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The Challenge: Not Tripping Over the Famous, The Influential & The Rich

January 20, 2013

Hundreds of famous faces packed Cafe Milano Sunday at the Newsweek/Daily Beast and Credit Suisse bipartisan brunch bash Sunday, including the likes of the upcoming Secretary of State Sen. John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, the President’s top political consultant David Axelrod, Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe, Hollywoodfilm producer Harvey Weinstein, and actress Eva Longoria.

Terry McAuliffe (left), David Axelrod & Tina Brown (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Terry McAuliffe (left), David Axelrod & Tina Brown

And for more bold face names keep on reading.

In fact, it got to be a challenge to identify all the familiar-looking entertainers, politicians and media types who walked the red carpet for the invitational event.

But it was that none other than Golden Globe nominee Eva Langoria, of ABC TV’s Desperate Housewives  and CBS’ soap opera The Young & The Restless fame, who was the top billed glitz.  In the morning, Longoria, executive producer for the Latino Inaugural 2013 and co-chair of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, did a stopover to do an interview on ABC’s TV “This Week” morning news show.  Also on Saturday she participated in the National Day of Service.

Speech writer & columnist Peggy Noonan chats with friends. (Photo by: Natalie Diblasio) Speech writer & columnist Peggy Noonan chats with friends.

For the tented Georgetown party, Langoria wore a simple, purple dress that showed off her long, dark hair and fabulous figure. She came on time, chatted it up with fans, and posed for photographs -- all in good cheer.

Other brunch headliners included Newsweek/The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown, Credit Suisse senior executive Pamela Thomas-Graham, and political advisor Mark McKinnon,who has worked for Republicans including former President George W. Bush and for the 2008 Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

Miss America (Photo by: Natalie Diblasio) Miss America

Among the 400-plus-plus guests were Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama;  pollster Frank Luntz; media analyst Howard Kurtz; former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen and his wife Janet Langhart; Rep. John Dingell and his wife, political activist Deborah Dingell; Susan Blumenthal, former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; former Sen.Chris Dodd, Washington Post political writer Bob Woodward, CBS’ Bob Schieffer; Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer race; Gen. Colin Powell and his wife Alma; Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post; TV talk show host Charlie Rose; Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan; anti-tax guy Grover Norquist; Star Jones; and CNN’s Piers Morgan.

Ed Rogers of BGR Group and a longtime consultant to top Republicans was upbeat about the inaugural.  “It’s President Obama’s Day,” he said. “Some of my friends are leaving town. I’m not.” And with that, and a true grin on his face, proceeded to meet and greet a whole cadre of Democrats at the party, who, of course, instantly recognized him

Piers Morgan interviewed (Photo by: Naatalie Diblasio) Piers Morgan interviewed

Last Thursday evening, to get the fun rolling, President and Mrs. Obama celebrated the First Lady’s 49th birthday with friends upstairs at Cafe Milano. All was top secret until the security motorcade arrived on Prospect Street, then the world slowly got word of the excursion, primarily through AP coverage. It was the first time the President and his wife together visited Cafe Milano.

Tina Brown (left) talking with Sen. Kerry and Teresa Kerry (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Tina Brown (left) talking with Sen. Kerry and Teresa Kerry



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Beasley Sells Historic Former Field School Home for $4 Million--First Sale of New Year

January 2, 2013

On January 1st, Beasley Real Estate put its first property of 2013 under contract.  Once the home of The Field School this 7,000 square foot home has a history as rich as Washington itself.  Its list price was $4 million.

Dining Area (Photo by: Beasley Real Estate) Dining Area

2107 Wyoming NW in Kalorama underwent a two-year restoration and renovation.  No expense was spared.  This home was featured in the Spring Home and Design issue of the Washington Post Magazine.

The spectacular porch (Photo by: Beasley Real Estate) The spectacular porch

Every feature and amenity in this spectacular residence resonates quality, craftsmanship and refinement.  The home offers seven large bedrooms in the main house, and a two level carriage house with its own full living quarters. 

The 1919 residence, awarded an Historic Facade Easement, was previously home to two private Schools, the Sullivan School and the Field School, a Supreme Court justice and two bishops.

“We put a lot of time and effort into closing this deal.  Our mission of  ‘clients' first, brand second,' is exemplified in the marketing and outreach we did for this home,” said Jim Bell, founder and managing partner of Beasley Real Estate.

Entry Way (Photo by: Beasley Real Estate) Entry Way

 “Placing this home under contract is a great way to start 2103!” 

The buyer’s identity was not disclosed.

Tour the property here

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A Night of Celebration for Qatar in D.C.

December 6, 2012

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, civil rights activist The Rev. Jesse Jackson, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican Congressman Darrell Issa were among the many hundreds of guests who joined Qatar Ambassador His Excellency Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi to pay tribute to Qatar’s National Day at the Mellon Auditorium on Wednesday.

A brochure entitled “Forging The Link with Qatar, America’s Strongest Partner in the Gulf,” pointed out that trade and economic cooperation has been the cornerstone of the US-Qatar relationship. 

“We fully expect this growth to continue as Qatar’s economy diversifies, opening a host of opportunities to American companies of all sectors,” said the US-Qatar Business Council, which has offices on Connecticut Avenue NW. 

Mayor Gray (right) is greeted at the event. (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Mayor Gray (right) is greeted at the event.

The friendship was evident.  Diplomat and private cars lined a solid block of Constitution Avenue as their occupants jumped out to greet the ambassador in the reception area. The ambassador – who was appointed to the diplomatic post last February -- is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

Food station after food station served sumptuous Middle Eastern fare.

Guests included Georgetown business owners Keith Lipert and Sylvia Ragheb.  Georgetown has a continuing relationship with Qatar through Georgetown University’s satellite camps in Doha, the country’s capital on the Arabian Gulf.

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