Runaway Spoon

Ring the Bell for Top Realtors' New Venture

February 9, 2012

The packed house on lavish Wyoming Street on a blustery Wednesday night was a rousing celebration for Jim Bell, Trent Heminger and David B. Pollin, who have formed a new venture called Beasley Real Estate, “a real estate firm with a global reach"  based in Washington, D.C.

The Kalorama party, which attracted more than 100 well-wishers, was hosted by Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter, known for their events that bring people together for a reason.

The reason this time was the launch party. 

Bell was formerly with Washington Fine Properties. Heminger was with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Pollin is a co-founder of The Buccini/Pollin Group.

Together, they expect -- as they have in the past – to represent properties in the upper brackets.

Bell told The Georgetown Dish that they have three properties already listed in Georgetown. (  202.957.2272.

Rob Rubin (left), Juleanna Glover, and Trent Heminger (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rob Rubin (left), Juleanna Glover, and Trent Heminger

And, one didn’t have to look far from the party to see that 2107 Wyoming Avenue NW, a gorgeous Beaux Arts style mansion, is one of Beasley’s for-sale properties.

Who is Beasley?  The firm is named after Bell’s grandfather.

“Beasley Real Estate evolved out of years of reflection on creating a different kind of real estate for clients, one that focuses on a ‘client first, brand second’ model,” said Bell, managing partner of the new firm.  “No other firm operates using this model.”

Heminger said, “We are confident that our firm and our approach will produce the best financial results for our buyers and sellers.”

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Ted Leonsis In Tune with Broadway Stars to Perform at Covenant House Concert

February 5, 2012

Theodore “Ted” Leonsis, sports team owner, internet pioneer and filmmaker, has been named honoree for the 2012 Covenant House Washington gala and concert, “A Night of Broadway Stars,” to be held Wednesday June 20 at THEARC Theater in SE Washington, D.C.

Leonsis is founder, chairman, and majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Verizon Center.

He is founder and chairman of SnagFilms and vice chairman of Groupon.  A Georgetown University graduate, Leonsis was a founder of AOL.  He is actively involved in many philanthropic causes.

But can he sing?

Neil Berg on piano; Natalie Toro singing (Photo by: Covenant House) Neil Berg on piano; Natalie Toro singing

Well, he doesn’t have to, since others whose professions are onstage will be here to fulfill that role. The show is being hosted by composer and lyricist Neil Berg, whose credits include The Prince and the Pauper, Grumpy Old Men and 100 Years of Broadway.

Broadway stars will belt out show tunes from hits such as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, DreamGirls, Evita, Funny Girl, Chicago, Wicked, Rent, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Honorary co-chairs for the concert are Mayor Vincent Gray and Linda Mercado Greene. Gray was the first executive director of Covenant House Washington for 10 years before he chaired the D.C. City Council and then went on to be elected mayor. The cause remains one of his favorite charitable projects.

Covenant House Washington protects hundreds of homeless, abused and trafficked youth each year.   It has multiple locations throughout the District.

Craig Shulman & Rita Harvey performing Phantom of the Opera (Photo by: Covenant House) Craig Shulman & Rita Harvey performing Phantom of the Opera

Covenant House is funded through 78% private philanthropic funds. It has 30 houses in 60 countries.

Individual tickets are $250, which includes one ticket to the show, a cocktail buffet reception, admittance to the After Party with the Broadway stars, and valet parking.

The theater is located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE (Anacostia). Tel: 202.610.7897.  

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People Who've Been There, Done That

January 29, 2012

A cerebral collection of think-tankers, business leaders and diplomats cheered former Sen. Sam Nunn as he unleashed his wit on the political primary shenanigans at a pre-Alfalfa luncheon at the Willard Hotel on Saturday.

“I believe most American voters are frustrated with the low level of political discourse,” said Nunn. “The Republican campaign has been marked by allegations of marital troubles ever since Herman Cain learned that harass is not two words.”

And under the current administration’s philosophy: “It’s no longer a sin to be rich – it’s a miracle!”

former Sen. Sam Nunn (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) former Sen. Sam Nunn

Nunn, a Georgia Democrat, is chairman of the board of trustees for the D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, which sponsored the lunch attended by more than 150 mostly famous faces -- many of whom had a hand in shaping history.

Thayer Lodging Group founder and chairman Frederic Malek, an advisor to several Republican presidents, told The Georgetown Dish: “I am supporting Romney, who else?”

Nunn said there are some rules that Alfalfa club members abide by: (1) you can’t take your politics seriously; (2) you’ve got to laugh even at the corny jokes, especially mine; (3) and, as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor often advises us: “Alfalfans don’t have to drink to have a good time, but why take a chance.”

Then in a tribute to the Mondavi wines served at the lunch, Nunn said it brings to mind a woman who was drinking a glass of wine while sitting on the patio with her husband.  She says: "I love you so much, I don't know how I could ever live without you."  Her surprised husband asks, "Is that you, or the wine talking?" She replies: "It's me--talking to the wine."

Didi Culter (left) and Colleen Nunn (Photo by: Natalia Janetii) Didi Culter (left) and Colleen Nunn

On a higher note, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, and chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr and Co. Maurice Greenberg spoke on Asia’s economic relationship with the United States.  Some of their remarks focused on Kissinger’s 2011 book, On China.

On the guest list were arts philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Rep. John Dingell, Motion Picture Association Chairman Christopher Dodd, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader William Frist, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace, President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Jane Harman, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, former Secretary of State George Shultz who is now at Stanford University, former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Tom Korologos, former U.S. Senator Chuck Robb,  President of the University of Miami Donna Shalala,  former U.S. Senator John Warner, and a host of foreign diplomats including Ambassador Han Duk-soo, of the Republic of Korea, AmbassadorYousef Al Otaiba, of the United Arab Emirates, Japan Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, and Ambassador Chan Heng Chee of Singapore.

Maxine Champion, a Corcoran Gallery of Art Contemporaries board member, (left) and Judith Terra, chairman of the DC Arts and Humanities Commission (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Maxine Champion, a Corcoran Gallery of Art Contemporaries board member, (left) and Judith Terra, chairman of the DC Arts and Humanities Commission



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