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Didi Cutler Hosts CARE

May 6, 2018

Didi Cutler with Walter as she models a special scarf given to her by CARE. (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Didi Cutler with Walter as she models a special scarf given to her by CARE.

Georgetown’s Didi Cutler hosted a gathering Thursday that included Kosovo’s Ambassador Vlora Çitaku and former Yemen Ambassador to the U.S. Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri, for  a reception to highlight the philanthropic works of CARE around the world.

Çitaku captivated the group as she told of her personal journey from being a refugee during the Kosovo War, to becoming a journalist, then being a member of Kosovo Parliament, and then rising to be ambassador to the United States.

In addition to Didi and Walter Cutler, reception hosts were Lynda Webster, Colleen Nunn, and Martha Brooks (chairman of the CARE’s  board of directors) and the Yemen ambassador.

The Power Player attendees included Jackie Finn, Juleanna Glover, Maxine Champion, Judith Terra, Ginny Mars, Dorothy and Bill McSweeny, Barbara Hawthorn, Cindy Kim, Sofia Gegechkori  (public affairs/communications counselor for the Embassy of Georgia) and Julie Murphy. 

Maxine Champion (left) and Barbara Hawthorn (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Maxine Champion (left) and Barbara Hawthorn

A key purpose of the afternoon was to introduce individuals to CARE’s Global Leaders Network, a relatively new inclusive entity that holds informative receptions at foreign embassies in order learn more about the hosting nation as well as CARE’s overall mission. The network is organized by Beth Solomon, CARE's managing director of external affairs & development.

CARE’s work in 94 countries – helping refugees, victims of famine and the poorest – saves lives, lessens the factors that can lead to violent extremism and helps the most vulnerable recover, and rebuild after disaster.

CARE also is emphasizing the empowerment of women in economic development and in the realm of education.

Care’s National Conference will be May 21-23 in Washington, D.C.  Among the speakers slated are PBS' Judy Woodruff, CARE CEO Michelle Nunn, former Homeland security advisor Fran Townsend and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

Kosovo Amb. Vlora Citaku (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Kosovo Amb. Vlora Citaku

Chatting are from left Sofia Gegechkori, Judith Terra, Barbara Hawthorn & Julie Murphy. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Chatting are from left Sofia Gegechkori, Judith Terra, Barbara Hawthorn & Julie Murphy.

CARE's chair of the Board of Directors Martha Brooks & former Yemen Amb. Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) CARE's chair of the Board of Directors Martha Brooks & former Yemen Amb. Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri


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High Society Lineage Lives On

February 25, 2018

American film star Grace Kelly was not the first American woman to gain royal rank in Monaco. That station in life belongs to a New Orleans grande dame who will be remembered by Prince Albert II in The Big Easy.

The Prince, accompanied by the principality’s Ambassador to the United States, Maguy Maccario Doyle, travels to New Orleans in March to participate in the dedication of a plaque commemorating the birthplace of American-born Alice, Princess of Monaco, who was a wife of Prince Albert’s great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert I. 

Thus, Prince Albert II is Heinke’s great-great step-grandson.

Also, lest you forget, Grace Kelly of Philadelphia society married Prince Rainier III and became Princess Grace.  Prince Albert II is their son.

Prince Albert was in D.C. in May of 2015 when he was honored with a Peter Benchley Ocean Award.

Princess Alice was born Marie Alice Heine to wealth and status in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 1857. Marcel Proust used her as a model for the Princesse de Luxembourg in his novel, In Search of Lost Time.  Differences between Princess Alice and her husband drove the couple apart and they separated in 1902.  She settled in London where is became the hostess of one of its most glittering salons.  The Princely couple never officially divorced.

Coincidentally, Princess Alice’s birthplace was on Royal Street.

The announcement of Prince Albert’s upcoming visit was made last week by Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States, Maguy Maccario Doyle, as she detailed Monaco Takes New Orleans, a week-long series of events now underway to mark the ties between the Principality and New Orleans and “to celebrate our historic and cultural bonds.”

"We are thrilled to have the Principality of Monaco participating in the New Orleans Tricentennial," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “As we celebrate 300 years of New Orleans, we will be remembering the cultural ties between our city and Monaco.”

For updates on Monaco-related events in NOLA in 2018 and more information about Princess Alice of Monaco, please visit MonacoEventsUSA.


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Finland's Ambassador In the Spotlight

February 19, 2018

Finland’s Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi hosted D.C. decision-makers at a CARE Global Leaders Network reception on Tuesday to underscore the connection between food and nutrition security, and a clean environment.

Michelle Cross Fenty (right) with Toni Ford (left) & Judith Terra (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Michelle Cross Fenty (right) with Toni Ford (left) & Judith Terra

Ambassador Kauppi, joined by celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn, said: “Environmentally, economically and socially sustainable development is necessary to ensure a stable food supply for people from the Arctic to Africa….We are grateful for CARE’s work around the world to support small farmers and advocate for global action against climate change.” 

She also noted that after World War II, CARE was instrumental in helping her country’s people recover from the incurred devastation.

Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Finland's Amb. Kirsti Kauppi (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Finland's Amb. Kirsti Kauppi

The reception is one of the ongoing events of CARE’s Global Leaders Network — an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of humanitarian and development aid for global stability and U.S. national security.

Next events in D.C. are scheduled for the Embassy of Australia April 17 and the Embassy of Canada May 22.

Brett & Tiffini Greene with Finland's Ambassador (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Brett & Tiffini Greene with Finland's Ambassador

Former Navy Secretary and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ray Mabus talked about the importance of maintaining high levels of aid: Without it, he said,  “by the time we get to war, it’s much more expensive in terms of lives …” than what it would be if money were spent upfront in humanitarian assistance.

Congressional staff, business leaders, media and members of the U.S. and international diplomatic communities, as well as CARE supporters attended the event.

Ana Utley, (right), new member of CARE's Global Leaders Network with Finland's Ambassador in front of a CARE poster (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Ana Utley, (right), new member of CARE's Global Leaders Network with Finland's Ambassador in front of a CARE poster

The reception came on the heels of cuts proposed for the U.S. foreign assistance budget. Despite some $300 billion in new funding in the budget passed by Congress, the legislation includes approximately billions in cuts to foreign assistance, which would constitute a drastic reduction in life-saving humanitarian and development programs, said CARE.

Amb. Neil Parsan with Barbara Hawthorn (middle) & Michelle Cross Fenty (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Amb. Neil Parsan with Barbara Hawthorn (middle) & Michelle Cross Fenty

 “The U.S. foreign aid budget faces these devastating cuts despite warnings from national security leaders that such investments are essential to global stability and our nation’s long-term security, said CARE’s Chief Operating Officer Heather Higginbottom.

CARE Global Leaders Network Advisory Board member Rachel Pearson, Rebecca Cooper, Jacob Cooper with Sec. and Mrs. Ray Mabus (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) CARE Global Leaders Network Advisory Board member Rachel Pearson, Rebecca Cooper, Jacob Cooper with Sec. and Mrs. Ray Mabus

Recognized as new ambassadors for CARE’s Global Leaders Network were Ana Utley (with husband Jon) of Georgetown, Jackie Finn, and Col. Henry and Joyce Moak. Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine, now Director of Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, was named to the CARE Global Leaders Network Advisory Board

Mendelsohn is a chef ambassador for CARE’s International Chefs’ Table Program, working with top chefs in the fight to end global hunger.  He is chef/owner of Good Stuff Eatery, and WE, The Pizza, among other restaurants.

Dr. Michael Okoroafor (VP, Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation at McCormick & Co, Inc.), CARE's Abby Davidson and Rebecca Feinberg, Dr. Ngozi Okoroafor. (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Dr. Michael Okoroafor (VP, Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation at McCormick & Co, Inc.), CARE's Abby Davidson and Rebecca Feinberg, Dr. Ngozi Okoroafor.

Others at the reception, which drew some 110 guests, included:  Michelle Cross Fenty and Ambassador Neil Parsan (of Parsan Cross Global Strategic Advisors); Anna Gawel, Washington Diplomat managing editor; The Hon. Antoinette Ford of Double Nickels Theatre Co.; Togo’s Ambassador to the U.S. Frederic Edem Hegbe; Brett and Tiffini Greene (principles of American Management Corporation); arts activist Judith Terra; Georgetown photographer and D.C. diplomatic dean Didi Cutler, writer Annie Groer; interior designer Barbara Hawthorn; and Sister Cities International’s board member Christine Warnke.

Eric Shmitt of the New York Times, Felice Berkowitz, CARE's Beth Solomon and Amb. Kauppi (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Eric Shmitt of the New York Times, Felice Berkowitz, CARE's Beth Solomon and Amb. Kauppi

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.

Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world.   


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