Hollywood on the Potomac
“We have an instinctive connection with other animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, at a book party in his honor for The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter. “Animals have been central to the human experience for all of our human history.”
It was a ‘dog days night’ for sure. “Yammer” upstaged everyone (see video below); no one got bitten that we know of; no word on the carpets yet.
“I had no idea that men liked breasts,” said Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles at the Blush Lunch at the Mellon Auditorium hosted by The Women’s Health Board of the GW Medical Faculty Associates benefitting the MAMMOVAN.
“The best objective you can use to describe breasts is not firm or perky – but healthy,” she added. Coles shared the stage with Emmy Award Winning Journalist Cokie Roberts who kicked in with “These breast jokes are hard to get away from, but they can be useful.” While breast cancer is no laughing matter, the remarks grabbed the attention of the males in the audience, which of course was the designated effect.
Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor, has that intense indignation about the disease and has been instrumental in ‘paying it forward’ via legislation, raising awareness and research dollars.
“It was good to welcome back NOFAS this year at our Embassy in support of such an important cause,” said The Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero at the 25th Anniversary Gala of NOFAS to celebrate International FASD Awareness Day and Smart Moms, Healthy Babies.
“Italy is strongly committed to raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In October, the Third European Conference on FASD will be held in Rome. And naturally – as in all of today’s sensitive and significant issues – Italy and the US are allies in this field too, thanks to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Italian Ministry of Health and the US Health and Human Services Department, which focuses on tackling alcohol – or indeed any kind of abuse, and thanks also to a previous 2011 agreement in place between the Anti-drug Department of the Italian Prime Minister’s Office and the US National Institute on Drug Abuse.”
NOFAS raises national and international awareness about recommendations and resources for a healthy pregnancy. ‘DC based, NOFAS is the only national non-profit ‘dedicated to addressing FASD, the leading preventable cause of developmental disabilities and birth defects affecting 40,000 newborns each year in the United States alone.’