Runaway Spoon

A Heartfelt Event at Georgetown Boutique

June 16, 2013

Rochelle Lipstick (left), Amanda Deaver & STS executive director Susan Gurley chat (Photo by: James Brantley) Rochelle Lipstick (left), Amanda Deaver & STS executive director Susan Gurley chat

Alex and Ani hosted a Charmed by Charity fundraiser at its Georgetown location last Wednesday for Sister to Sister, The Women’s Heart Health Foundation.

Alex and Ani, a jewelry store at 3068 M Street NW, offers eco-friendly, positive energy products. Fifteen percent of sales was donated to Sister to Sister to help in its mission of empowering women to prevent heart disease, their #1 health threat.  

Two shoppers explore the jewelry (Photo by: James Brantley) Two shoppers explore the jewelry

Sister to Sister was founded by philanthropist Mrs. Irene Pollin, widow of Washington sports team owner Abe Pollin. They had two children born with severe heart defects that eventually took their lives.

"I am pleased to see such a great turnout in support of Sister to Sister," Mrs. Pollin said at the event, which drew more than 80 women who came to shop and support the organization.

Nurse practitioner Sara Duke provided blood pressure tests, along with information on how to manage one’s blood pressure and heart health through simple lifestyle modifications.   Alex and Ani supplied refreshments, including their (+) Energy Punch.

Let's buy these! (Photo by: James Brantley) Let's buy these!

Alex and Ani’s designer, Carolyn Rafaelian, works to support communities and organizations while inspiring her customers to find what is unique and beautiful about themselves.

Each attendee received a giveaway bag that included information from local businesses centered on heart health as well as generous donations from Wiley’s Finest Fish Oil and Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars.

On Thursday, John Hopkins University announced that Mrs. Pollin has donated $10 million to a university center for the prevention of heart disease. She also has donated to other institutions and hospitals dedicated to preventing and treating heart conditions.

For more information on how you can make heart healthy choices and reduce your risk for heart disease, visit Sister to Sister.   



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The British Are Coming ... But So Is The Rest Of The World

June 2, 2013

The British Are Coming … so are other Europeans as well Asian and Middle Eastern folks looking for safe investments.

America is calling (Photo by: Jim Bell) America is calling
With that in mind, Jim Bell, founder and managing partner of Beasley Real Estate, recently travelled across The Pond to spend a week in London to expand the company’s reach into the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Meetings included with Knight Frank, Savills, Candy and Candy, and One Hyde Park, all property-related businesses.

And The Pond can be crossed both ways.

“Many Washingtonians own property and work between DC and London,” explains Bell.  “We feel that a direct person-to-person relationship between Washington and London clients is the most effective way to service our and their needs.”

Throughout his career, Bell has maintained clients and business contacts in Great Britain.

“My continued relationship with London is to connect a trusted relationship between luxury firms in London and with our firm,” stated Bell.

What a fine neighborhood! (Photo by: Jim Bell) What a fine neighborhood!
He points out that the British and European economy is in recession, “and we are a safe haven for property investors.”

Not to mention that Qatar Investment Authority is in talks to buy Neiman Marcus, according to the New York Post.

In other news, realtor Jan Evans has joined Beasley Real Estate.

She is licensed in Washington, DC,  Maryland and Virginia, and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors.

She is formerly of Washington Fine Properties.

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Interim UDC President Promises Leadership

May 20, 2013

Virginia Ali (left) & Gerald & Barbara Lang (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Virginia Ali (left) & Gerald & Barbara Lang

Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., interim president of the University of the District of Columbia, was introduced to a gathering of alumni and supporters at a Sunday brunch where university leaders pledged to “nurture the next generation” of leaders.

Lee Brian Reba & his mother, Arlene Reba (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Lee Brian Reba & his mother, Arlene Reba

Lyons, a respected educator and decision-maker, came out of retirement to take the interim post, effective March, 2013. “I’ll do all I can on my watch to continue this great legacy” at the university, promised Lyons in his talk before 122 attendees at the Mayflower Hotel.

The Alumni Legacy Brunch, honoring the Golden Jubilee Class of 1963, received a welcoming letter from Mayor Vincent Gray.  He was unable to attend, so Patricia Elwood, head of Protocol and International Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor, presented the congratulatory document.

Patricia Elwood & Joy Arnold Russell (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Patricia Elwood & Joy Arnold Russell

Presiding over the program was UDC’s Lee Brian Reba, executive director of corporate relations and special events.

Among the participants were Judith Terra, chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and member of the UDC Foundation, Inc., board of directors; Felicia Murphy-Phillips, UDC Foundation’s executive director; Donnel Jones, president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, Dr. Alton B. Byrd, president of the UDC National Alumni Society; Jerome Shelton, member of UDC’s board of trustees;

Nigel Parkinson, president and CEO of Parkinson Construction which is building the new student center; and Jay Narain, president of CONSYS construction which built the business school and renovated the new UDC plaza deck.

Christine M. Warnke (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Christine M. Warnke

Others included Virginia Ali, owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl; DC Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Barbara Lang and her husband, Gerald; DC Democratic Party leaders Christine M. Warnke and Virginia E. Hayes Williams; PR expert Jan DuPlain; and Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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