Hollywood on the Potomac

Young Readers

June 3, 2019

"I wanted to actually do something, connect with the community in a way that was beyond just watching and reporting,” said award-winning writer and author Harry Jaffe at a benefit birthday party for Myra McPherson for Reading Partners. “We’re writers, we need readers. So I looked for a project that taught reading. I was reading the New York Times article bye Tina Rosenberg about 10 years ago and she did and evaluation of programs for teaching reading and schools and she picked out Reading Partners because it was data driven. It wasn’t just go in and read a book and ‘Have a nice day,’ it was read a specific book for a specific purpose with very specific benchmarks. So I explored it and became a volunteer about for or five years ago. I liked it so much that I volunteered to be on the board and I’ve been on the board for a few years now.”

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We Write the Songs

May 27, 2019

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams is still really kicking it. “You know what? I’m healthier and more excited by the music and the advocacy work that we do than ever before,” songwriter Williams told Hollywood on the Potomac at the 11th annual “We Write the Songs” event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, DC – a celebration of American songwriting – jointly hosted by Susan H. Vita, Chief of the Library of Congress Music Division.

“First of all,” Williams explained, “following the MMA (Music Modernization Act), the fact is that we saw both sides of the aisle come together unanimously in both the House and Senate to make sure that the adjustments were made and things would be better for the music creator. I mean, it’s just as good as it gets. The hair on the back of my neck goes up.  I have to tell you that it’s such a privilege to come here and do this work with 700,000 members of ASCAP now, and when I won the Oscar with Barbra, Forever Green, there was a full page ad in writing that said: ‘The ASCAPs 28,000 writers congratulate you.’ Now we’re up to 700,000 and it’s remarkable. You know? It’s just remarkable.”

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Ellen Tauscher Memorial

May 26, 2019

“To everyone who joins us today, who knew that wonderful spirit and dedication of a very special woman by the name of Ellen Tauscher, I would like to welcome you personally. I would like to say that we are celebrating the life of a one-of-a-kind person, very special indeed. She touched so many lives and anybody that has worked with her, had dinner with her, drank a little California wine with her, knows the special person that she was.  When Ellen Tauscher put her mind to something there was no stopping her – achievement was a given.  She was always ready with something that made friends smile and laugh.  She was such a loving mother to you Katherine and incredibly generous to all her friends and family. She was for me a best friend and that will never change.”  excerpt from Senator Diane Feinstein

Ellen Tauscher was the US Representative from the State of California from 1997-20009 and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs from 20009-2012.


Others who paid tribute were T.H. Hillary Clinton, T.H. Steny Hoyer and General James I. Jones, Jr.

“Growing up in Washington and going to school at Beauvoir and the National Cathedral School, the Cathedral Close was a special place for me and my Mom.  I wanted to honor her at our special place.  Thank you for all the love you have sent us.”  Always, Katherine Tauscher.

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