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Everyone: Join CARE's Global Leaders Network

September 27, 2017

Major international humanitarian agency CARE officially launched its new Global Leaders Network Tuesday evening as it honored four members of Congress who work to support international aid and bolster global stability.

Michelle Nunn (left) presents honor to Rep. Nita Lowey (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Michelle Nunn (left) presents honor to Rep. Nita Lowey

Congressional award honorees were Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY.

In his remarks, Leahy pointed out that “750 million people around the work live on less than $2 a day.”  Foreign aid can make a difference “between life and death for many people,” and stressed that Democrats and Republican must work in unison to make certain the USA doesn’t “retreat from global leadership.”   

Lowey, as did Leahy, made a point that Sen. Graham and another CARE speaker, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., are dedicated to helping the world’s most vulnerable by keeping funding in the State Department budget for world charitable assistance.

CARE President and CEO Michelle Nunn said:

“For more than 70 years, the United States had led efforts to promote peace, prosperity and share values to foster global stability.  But now, proposals to dismantle America’s foreign assistance structure and investments are advancing in Washington.”  

She warned that such cuts in the budget could drastically affect assistance to poorer countries and, as a result, undercut national security.

Video remarks were made by Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Adm. James Stavridis. Ambassadors and representatives from several countries including Finland, Germany and Kosovo, attended. In the audience of about 100 were Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and power lawyer Lloyd Hand.

Michelle Rodriguez, project manager for The White Ribbon Alliance; Kelly D. Horton, North America policy director public affairs for MARS Incorporated; & CARE's Beth Solomon (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Michelle Rodriguez, project manager for The White Ribbon Alliance; Kelly D. Horton, North America policy director public affairs for MARS Incorporated; & CARE's Beth Solomon

CARE works in 94 countries to help refugees, victims of famine, the poor, and assists the vulnerable in recovering after disaster.

Attendees at the reception at Jones Day offices were invited to join CARE Global Leaders Network, which will feature embassy-hosted events including national security leaders, policy briefs, and congressional leaders and journalists.  Also available will be invitations to travel abroad with CARE to experience the impact of CARE charitable programs.

Anyone interested in joining the Global Leaders Network is encouraged to contact Beth Solomon, managing director of external affairs and development at CARE’s DC office, 202.595.2800.


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BOTUS Pence Inks Deal

September 17, 2017

Bugs, Peter, and Roger, move over!

Marlon Bundo Pence, first bunny of the United States, is the main character in a forthcoming children’s book illustrated by second lady Karen Pence and written by Charlotte Pence, daughter of Karen and Vice President Mike Pence.

The book, with water color illustrations, is set to hit stores on March 19, 2018.

Mrs. Pence is a school teacher by profession and an advocate of art for children’s programs.

A portion of the book’s proceeds will be earmarked (bunny ears, of course) for charity.  Regnery Publishing said in a press release that donations will go to an art therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Tracy's Kids, an art therapy for children with cancer,  and A21, an organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking.

Marlon Bundo is an Instagram star since taking up residence at the Pence’s home at the Naval Observatory.  He has made official appearances with the Second Couple.

Says BOTUS (Bunny of the United States) in a press release:  “In the book, I follow Grandpa (Pence) around all day, as a BOTUS should, while he goes about his duties as Vice President.”

A post on Instagram showed the bunny signing an agreement with his paw print. He has 15,000 followers.

Paw-print signings events will be scheduled .

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Graciousness Ruled

September 4, 2017

Janice Dodd, Michael Chase and Ris Lacoste (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Janice Dodd, Michael Chase and Ris Lacoste

Top DC restaurants treated 250 or so concierges from across the country like royalty with the best cuisine and hospitality -- not to mention wines -- at the Les Clefs d’Or USA Feast of DC at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown on Sunday night.

For sure, concierges are part of the life line of the tourism industry.

“Les Clefs d’Or members of Washington DC were thrilled for the opportunity to welcome some of the world’s best concierges to our city,” said Jeffrey R. Morgan, an event organizer.

Carmine's famous meatballs (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Carmine's famous meatballs

Among the Georgetown restaurants showing off their food at exhibition tables were il Canale, Filomena, ChaiaMartin’s Tavern, Baked & Wired, and Bourbon Steak. Among too many other eateries to name were Marcel’s, Al Tiramisu, BLT Prime, Café du Parc, Carmine’s, Equinox, 701,  Mastro’s, The Palm, The Source, RPM Italian, RIS, Plume and McCormick & Schmick’s.

Four Seasons’ chef concierge Julie Saunders, a member of Les Clefs d’Or USA, was key in coordinating the affair, along many other local hospitality experts.

Included in the cast of exhibitors in the packed ballrooms were tour bus companies, cigar brands, wineries and technical support services.

No one left hungry or unaware. And, lo and behold, there was extreme graciousness in D.C.




Dessert by Cafe Du Parc (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Dessert by Cafe Du Parc

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