Runaway Spoon

3 Tenors + 1

January 28, 2018

The 2018 Pre-Alfalfa Luncheon boasted of hearing the on-stage wisdom from “3 Tenors of Foreign Policy.” But a 4th tenor, former Missouri Congressman James Symington, delivered the sweetest sounds.

Jordan's Ambassador Dina Kawar (right) & CEO CARE USA Michelle Nunn (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Jordan's Ambassador Dina Kawar (right) & CEO CARE USA Michelle Nunn

Former Secretaries Henry Kissinger of State, Henry Paulson Jr. of Treasury and Robert Gates of Defense provided their accumulated knowledge on China-U.S. relations to the 200 plus invited attendees at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

But at another table, just before lunch was served, Symington, 90, sang Irish tunes at the urging of his table mates.  He was on perfect pitch and nailed every verse beautifully.   What a gift to hear the poet, world traveler and distinguished senior politician take command through his famous singing voice again. Alas, the seasoned utterings of the three speakers were a bit harder to hear.

Henry Kissinger (Photo by: Natalia Janette) Henry Kissinger

For the most part, the CSIS lunch is primarily an occasion for old friends and colleagues to swap stories and catch up on what's happening in their lives. And, of course, to network with movers-and-shakers around town. 

Among the distinguished guests at other tables were Ambassador Dina Kawar of Jordan, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Nancy Kissinger, Vicente Fox, former presdent of Mexico, J.W. MarriottSen. Dianne Feinstein, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Frederick Malek, former Sen. Sam and Colleen Nunn, former FBI Director William and Lynda Webster, former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr., former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, CARE CEO/President Michelle Nunn, Esther Coopersmith, former Senator Alan Simpson; CSIS Board Chairman Tom Pritzker, and CSIS president/CEO John Hamre.

Microsoft's Bill Gates (left) and Henry Paulson (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Microsoft's Bill Gates (left) and Henry Paulson

Wine was plentiful and provided by the Michael Mondavi Family Estate.

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (left) & (far right) Ann Simpson with guest (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Former Sen. Alan Simpson (left) & (far right) Ann Simpson with guest

John Hamre CEO of CSIS & Beth Solomon of CARE USA (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) John Hamre CEO of CSIS & Beth Solomon of CARE USA

Colleen Nunn and Amb. Kenichiro Sasae of Japan. The Sasaes -- beloved friends of Washington -- are set to depart in 2018, leaving many in DC in tears. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Colleen Nunn and Amb. Kenichiro Sasae of Japan. The Sasaes -- beloved friends of Washington -- are set to depart in 2018, leaving many in DC in tears.


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Fearless Woman Honored

January 21, 2018

For Barbara Brown Hawthorn, being a “Fearless Woman”…. is really about asking oneself: “What can I do to make a better life for others?”

With those comments, the community activist accepted the 2018  “Fearless Woman” award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington on Saturday night.  

Fearless Woman Barbara Hawthorn with Alberto Uncles (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Fearless Woman Barbara Hawthorn with Alberto Uncles

More than 300 attended the dinner and fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.

Barbara, CEO/President of Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, was introduced by her son, James Hawthorn.  He travelled from Los Angeles where he is in the entertainment industry, to participate in the honor. Proving that he is a fearless chip-off-the-block, James is spearheading a new film festival in DC for the fall of 2018 -- such as the one he does in California to aid charitable causes. Chances are that segments of the planned festival could be in Georgetown. www.flicks4change.org

In her remarks, Barbara said her work with the Boys & Girls Clubs “has given me purpose and the greatest gift of all – knowing that I have contributed to enhancing the lives of so many children who attend the clubs.” 

Singing Legend Joe Coleman (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Singing Legend Joe Coleman

In particular, she said that being part of the organization’s Women’s Leadership Group “of talented and committed women has given me the way to participate in programs that make a difference in the lives of so many underserved and at-risk children who depend on the mentorship and programs they find in the clubs."

Former leader singer of the Platters, Joe Coleman, a longtime friend of Barbara, sang several famous tunes, including "Only You," as a tribute to the honoree.

Participating in the ceremonies were Women's Leadershp Group Founder & Chairman Patty Perkins Andringa and benefit Chairman Elaine Weinstein Forman

Spotted: Georgetowner Alla Rogers, JoAnn Willis, Christine Warnke, Judith Terra, Cary PollakDiana Mayhew, and Alberto Ucles, who is on the board of the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and has hosted the Mayor's Arts Awards gala for the last two years.

 

 


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Monaco Opens New Chancery

December 13, 2017

To paraphrase a famous song title, Monaco’s Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle is now an intown girl.

Isabella Rosabrunetto (l), Ambassador Jamie McCourt, Ambassador Doyle, Marie Catherine Caruso Ravera (Photo by: © Embassy of Monaco) Isabella Rosabrunetto (l), Ambassador Jamie McCourt, Ambassador Doyle, Marie Catherine Caruso Ravera

So intown that the principality’s new chancery is just several blocks away from President Trump’s White House. 

The ambassador welcomed guest after guest -- including the new U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, Jamie McCourt -- December 7  to celebrate the opening of the elegantly modern space in the Brawner building right in the power-based center of the city on 17th Street NW. The old chancery was many blocks away in the Van Ness neighborhood, which didn’t boast of many upscale restaurants for entertaining. 

Isabelle Rosabrunetto (l), and Portugal Amb. Domingos Ferzas Vital and Mrs. Vital (Photo by: © Embassy of Monaco) Isabelle Rosabrunetto (l), and Portugal Amb. Domingos Ferzas Vital and Mrs. Vital

Ambassador Doyle happily noted that she now has access to great eateries near DuPont Circle and K Street.

From her sun-filled office she also can glance out the windows to observe diplomatic limousines coming and going from the White House.  On snowy days, she needs no car. She can just walk over there. 

Explorer Dr. Enric Sala of the National Geographic & Washington Post journalist Mary Jordan (Photo by: © Embassy of Monaco) Explorer Dr. Enric Sala of the National Geographic & Washington Post journalist Mary Jordan

Ambassador McCourt, who was sworn in earlier this month in the Oval Office, is a former co-owner and executive of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Other special guests were two of Monaco's senior foreign relations representatives, Mme. Isabelle Rosabrunetto, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Mme. Marie-Catherine Caruso Ravera, director of the Department of Diplomatic and Consular Relations.

Wolf Trap CEO Arvind Manocha (l), Amb. Doyle, & Gideon Malone (Photo by: © Embassy of Monaco) Wolf Trap CEO Arvind Manocha (l), Amb. Doyle, & Gideon Malone

Also sharing the limelight were philanthropist/businesswoman Sheila Johnson and her husband, Judge William T. Newman.  Johnson is co-founder of BET and is CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts.  To a guest, Johnson alluded to a joint culture venture in the city of New Orleans with Monaco. No further details were related at that time.

Tomas Abreu & Marie Catherine Caruso Ravera (Photo by: © Embassy of Monaco) Tomas Abreu & Marie Catherine Caruso Ravera

Also spotted:  Kosovo Ambassador Viora Citaku, American architect Theo Adamstein,  Tomas Abreu, Monaco's honorary consul in Miami, and Cindy Hoddeson, director of the Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York.

Embassy interior (Photo by: © Embassy of Monaco) Embassy interior

The Brawner building is one of DC’s best. As guests entered a reception area, they were greeted by videos of Monaco’s famed casinos  --  opposite that wall was a water garden well stocked with decorative Koi fish.  


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