Hollywood on the Potomac
Monday night, VICE on HBO is screening their upcoming segment, “Campus Cover-Up,” about sexual assault on college campuses at the George Washington University. After the screening, host Gianna Toboni will interview Senator Claire McCaskill and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about the issue. In April of last year, Gillibrand released a letter by a bipartisan coalition of seven U.S. Senators which was sent to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
“When our young people go on to higher education, it should be an opportunity to learn, grow, pursue their dreams and prepare for their future careers,” said Senator Gillibrand. “But the price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted. I urge the White House Task Force to seriously consider our proposals that would immediately address the scourge of sexual assault on our college campuses and help keep our students safe.”
Gillibrand recently received an award from “Voices for the Voiceless” at the Residence of Amb. and Mrs. Sasae. “Speak out. Be heard. Change the world,” she said upon receiving the honor. Others speakers included Bettinger-López, the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, founders of DCVLP Jenny Brody and Karen Barker Marcou: “Voices for the Voiceless”
“My father’s story is not just about my dad,” author Rita Cosby told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book signing for Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past. “What it really exemplifies is what it is to be an American.” The “Valor Knows No Gender” event was a tribute to women who are keeping memories alive. The Valor Run is a non-profit organization that brings communities together through running events to honor the US military women who served our country in the Global War on Terror, especially the 160 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In town for the Memorial Day activities, Cosby ended her long weekend at Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown, “a vehicle for veterans to put their newly acquired culinary skills into practice after an innovative six-month training program that holistically fosters the growth of driven, entrepreneurial-minded wounded veterans and their spouses through a world-class education, ample leadership development opportunities and a personalized business management rotation.”
“I’ve got a wooden spoon anytime for you pal,” actor Joe Mantegna told fellow actor Tony Lo Bianco who presented Mantegna with the Saint Pio Award at a ceremony at the Naval Heritage Center. Lo Bianco had just disclosed Mantegna’s traveling accessories that always includes a collection of wooden spoons for making pasta sauce. The evening also honored Franco Nuschese, proprietor of Cafe Milano in Georgetown, for his outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church.
Both received an original oil painting created in a unique design illustrating Saint Pio and the recipient. Special guests included The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA; H.E. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport (CT); and Singer/Actor Franc d’Ambrosia, all of whom celebrated the spiritual charisma of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, universally acclaimed saint of the Catholic Church.