Runaway Spoon

Get ready to paaaarty for a cause

September 21, 2011

The women of Knock Out Abuse geared up for their annual fundraiser Wednesday night at Cafe Milano as founders Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen welcomed a core of devoted loyalists who donated items to be auctioned off at their Thursday, November 10th  big bash.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, on the West End, once again will be the hot-spot as hundreds upon hundreds of the young, cougars and other attractive women dressed in sexy and splendid attire, not to mention stilettoes, high-step it down the spiral stairway to the auction and dinner.  

Super hostess Jaci Wilson Reid, who served on the White House staff and the administration in the Clinton years, is this year’s chair.

This year’s speaker will be Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, whose cousin, Cathy, was killed by an estranged boyfriend.  He now champions  the effort to stop domestic violence and to care for the victims. The Legacy Award will be presented to novelist Linda Fairstein, who led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s office In Manhattan for 25 years.

The Knock Out Abuse Against Women charitable fundraiser was hatched at Café Milano in 1993.  As the story goes, a tiny clan of wives and girlfriends were left to fend for themselves as powerful men attended the testosterone-infused Fight Night at the Washington Hilton. 

So, what to do?  Revenge?  Somehow fight fire with fire?  Start their own charitable event?  Or combine the alternatives. That’s exactly what Masri and Sorensen did. They formed a new charity that benefits shelters and organizations that help spouses and children left destitute by domestic abuse.

The Knock Out Abuse Against Women party skyrocketed in popularity -- and is always sold out.  Social writers view it as one of the city’s most fun, uninhibited charity events of the year. Tickets are $500 each.

In a spirit of unity, some men attending Joseph E.  Robert Jr.’s Fight Night, which has gained a reputation for its cigars, beautiful babes, and flowing liquor, find their way across the town to hook up with the Knock Out Abuse women for dancing, dessert, and flirting.  But before they do, many have depleted wallets.  Earlier in the evening , they already gave to Fight Night’s causes: the education of  children and improving the health care of youngsters. 


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No matter the accent...it's all about your heart

September 14, 2011

Keeping it healthy and upbeat at a World Bank private dining room Tuesday were cooks who gave proof that at lunch, one can eat smart and deliciously in any language.

About 130 representatives, mainly from the diplomatic community, gathered for the International Heart-Healthy Luncheon in D.C.  The health-fest was a prelude to next week’s United Nations Summit on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in New York City.

And right here in D.C., five embassy chefs are cooking healthy foods all this week at the World Bank cafeteria: Lars Beese of Denmark, Ms. Frida Johansson of Sweden, Viktor Merenyi of Hungary, Ms.  Jitapa Haoharn of Thailand, and Yordan Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

Chef Lars Beese, Denmark (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Chef Lars Beese, Denmark
“Today we are reaching out to the world” with the message that heart disease is the Number One killer of women worldwide,” said Mrs. Irene Pollin, founder and chair of the Sister to Sister Foundation, which has been in the forefront of educating women about the risks of heart disease and its link with obesity.

Women diplomats, wives of diplomats, medical doctors, politicians and other invited guests heard the message that the time-tested adage -- you are what you eat -- is pretty much on the mark.    Yogurt, nuts, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, vegetable oils, and fish and seafood are a key to a healthy diet, said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology.  Dr. JoAnne M. Foody, director of the Cardiovascular Wellness Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital seconded his diet message.  Dr. Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. State Department, underscored the importance of the upcoming meeting in New York.  

Danish Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Taksoe-Jensen, in his welcoming address, spoke about the significance of diet for women no matter where they live on the globe

Aniko Gaal Schott (left) and Elizabeth Kucinich (Photo by: James R. Brantley) Aniko Gaal Schott (left) and Elizabeth Kucinich
Attendees included Elizabeth Kucinich of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (and the wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio); interior design and PR expert Aniko Gaal Schott;  Georgetowner and photographer Didi Cutler (wife of Ambassador Walter Cutler ); WUSA channel 9 anchor JC Hayward; cardiovascular specialist Dr. Susan Bennett; Deborah Epstein, board of directors vice  president of the sponsoring Sister to Sister organization;  and Diane Flamini, the Embassy of Spain’s well-respected social secretary.

JC Hayward of WUSA Channel 9 (blue dress) surrounded by special guests (Photo by: James R. Brantley) JC Hayward of WUSA Channel 9 (blue dress) surrounded by special guests
Embassy representatives included those from Barbados, Cameroon, Hungary, Singapore, Bangladesh, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Russia, Macedonia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Ghana, Fiji, Poland, Israel, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Ireland, Philippines, Thailand and Botswana.

 

  


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Embassy chefs cook healthy meals at World Bank for Sister to Sister events

September 2, 2011

Chefs from two embassies in Georgetown – Sweden and Thailand – join embassy chefs from Denmark, Hungary, and Bulgaria to cook heart healthy cuisine Sept. 12-16 at The World Bank headquarters as part of a workplace wellness program inspired by Irene Pollin’s foundation.

The World Bank program is in advance of the United Nations Summit on Preventing and Controlling Non-Communicable Diseases to be held Sept. 19-20 in New York.

Jitapa Haoharn, Thailand (Photo by: Sister to Sister Foundation) Jitapa Haoharn, Thailand

“Our mission is to support and educate international working women by providing heart-healthy nutrition where they work in order to help them control and prevent obesity – a major risk of heart disease and the No. 1 killer of women worldwide, " said Mrs. Pollin, founder of the Sister to Sister Foundation. 

Her organization has been in the forefront of the fight to make women more aware of the risks of heart disease and the link with obesity.

“With our new week-long series of events at the World Bank, Sister to Sister is spreading the word in international communities,” said Dr. Lotti Letanoczky, vice president for international programs at the foundation.

Frida Johansson, Sweden (Photo by: Sister to Sister Foundation) Frida Johansson, Sweden
Georgetown-based chefs participating in the Sister to Sister Global Workplace Wellness program are: Ms. Jitapa Haoharn of Thailand and Ms. Frida Johansson of Sweden.

Rounding out the chefs list are Lars Beese of Denmark (winner of the Embassy Challenge 2011), Viktor Merenyi of Hungary (winner of the Swedish Competition Price at the Embassy Chef Challenge 2010; and Yordan Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

Each chef will be assigned a lunch menu to prepare on a given day at the World Bank Group cafeterias.  These foods will be made available to employees and others who dine at the cafeterias.

On Tuesday September 13th, a private lunch hosted by the Hungarian embassy will be held at the World Bank’s private dining room for members of Congress, women ambassadors and the wives of ambassadors who act as “heart ambassadors” by raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease.

The Royal Thai Embassy also is sponsoring a performance at the World Bank luncheon by the Somapa Thai Dance Company, with a solo performance by Ms. Warin Tepayayone.  The dance company, based in the DC area, promotes Thai culture and arts in the Americas.

Somapa Thai Dance Co. (Photo by: Saul E. Gonzalez) Somapa Thai Dance Co.

Among the World Bank luncheon speakers will be Dr. Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs at the U.S. State Department; Danish Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Taksoe-Jensen; Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology; and Dr. JoAnne M. Foody, director of Cardiovascular Wellness Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The countries where the mortality rate in women with heart disease is the highest are: Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Columbia, China, Poland, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Scotland, Mexico, Ireland, the United States, Greece, England, Korea, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, Israel, Finland and Canada.

Yordan Dimitrov, Bulgaria (Photo by: Sister to Sister Foundation) Yordan Dimitrov, Bulgaria
Viktor Merenyi, Hungary (Photo by: Sister to Sister Foundation) Viktor Merenyi, Hungary

Lars Beese, Denmark (Photo by: Sister to Sister Foundation) Lars Beese, Denmark

 

  


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