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Kerry Addresses CARE Leaders: Chelsea Clinton and Barbara Bush Upcoming

May 9, 2017

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed new CARE Chief Operating Officer Heather Higginbottom at the home of board member Ranvir Trehan and his wife Adarsh in McLean, Va, last week. She will report to CARE CEO Michelle Nunn.

Former Sec. of State Kerry and Colleen Nunn (Photo by: Neshan Naltchayan) Former Sec. of State Kerry and Colleen Nunn
With more than 20 million people facing famine conditions and tens of millions still displaced by conflict, Kerry’s remarks were timely and urgent, said Higginbottom.  

"What we do with our charity, with our projection of universal values and our commitment to helping people, is not just altruism. It's helpful, it's charity, but guess what? It's serving the interests of our nation because there's no 'over there' anymore," the former Senator and longtime Georgetown resident said.

Deep budget cuts at the State Department which would greatly affect international aid and lifesaving work have been proposed by the current Administration.

CARE is holding it 2017 conference May 22-24 at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. 

Kerry address gathering at the Trehans (Photo by: Neshan Naltchayan) Kerry address gathering at the Trehans
Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Bush of Global Health Corps, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and other leaders will join CARE CEO Nunn at the conference. More information is here: www.careconference.org.  

After returning from his military service in Vietnam, Kerry worked for CARE.  Higginbottom, who previously had been in the administration of President Barack Obama as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, started her early career as a key legislative staffer for then-Senator Kerry.

(left) Amb. Vlora Citaku, Laura Liswood, Fredrick Anyanwu, Michelle Kosinski & Beth Solomon (Photo by: Neshan Naltchayan) (left) Amb. Vlora Citaku, Laura Liswood, Fredrick Anyanwu, Michelle Kosinski & Beth Solomon
Among the McLean event greeters and guests were Veena Trehan (daughter of Ranvir); Kosovo Ambassador Vlora Citaku; Laura Liswood, secretary general of the Council of Women Leaders; CNN’s Michelle Kosinski; philanthropic activist Colleen Nunn; Fredrick Anyanwu, associate vice president, Resource Development at CARE; D.C. Democrat leader Christine Warnke; and Beth Solomon, CARE managing director of external affairs. 

Kerry and guest Christine Warnke (Photo by: Neshan Naltchayan) Kerry and guest Christine Warnke


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Cool Sculpture Finds Hot Spot on Georgetown Waterfront

April 30, 2017

Sculpture Barton Rubenstein playfully cuddles a metal bird from the Fiola Mare entrance (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Sculpture Barton Rubenstein playfully cuddles a metal bird from the Fiola Mare entrance

Sculptor Barton Rubenstein and some 100 nature lovers and climate advocates dedicated the spectacular sculpture Mother Earth on Saturday at the Georgetown waterfront on Climate Day Saturday morning. The huge work is near the restaurant Fiola Mare along the Potomac River at the end of 31st Street NW.

Among the guests were  Renato Miracco, cultural attaché at the Italian Embassy, Goran Lithell, deputy chief of Missions at Sweden’s Embassy, on Georgetown’s waterfront, and Joe Sternlieb, CEO/president of Georgetown’s BID.

The event attracted the attention of hundreds of determined joggers, restaurant diners and leisurely walkers enjoying a warm, sunny day.  Most participated in sharing the really fancy Georgetown Cupcakes provided for the occasion.

A display at the Mother Earth dedication (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) A display at the Mother Earth dedication

Mother Earth is a five-meter high stainless steel sculpture with the ethereal likeness of the human profile.

The sculpture was designed by scientist and international sculptor Rubenstein, who with his family began the Mother Earth Project. The Rubenstein Studios are in Chevy Chase, Md.

BID CEO Joe Sternlieb who participated in the Mother Earth Project (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) BID CEO Joe Sternlieb who participated in the Mother Earth Project

Thirty countries are interested in the Mother Earth sculptures. Mother Earth sculptures will be placed this year in Naples, Italy; Jerusalem; Bonn, Germany; Yaounde, Cameron; and Benin in West Africa. Within each city, Mother Earth will be placed ideally next to a water source, such as a river, with the idea that all sculptures face toward the oceans, a body of water connecting all nations.

The sculpture is conceived as a way to incentivize countries to participate in stopping and reversing climate change, thus preserving the environment. The project started in 2015.

Italian official Renato Miracco (left) and Barton Rubenstein (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Italian official Renato Miracco (left) and Barton Rubenstein
Watching ceremonies are Swedish Embassy Official Lithell (right) and a dude attired smartly for the event. (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Watching ceremonies are Swedish Embassy Official Lithell (right) and a dude attired smartly for the event.


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Attention Space Jam Fans

April 5, 2017

Patrick Ewing is Georgetown University’s men’s basketball coach, as announced Wednesday.  But for many kids, especially younger ones, that’s not the real attention-getter here.

Alert! Alert! Ewing is a film star, too.

He is one of the performers along with basketball super-great Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd (and other Looney Tunes characters) in the 1996 hit movie Space Jam.  The movie with its sequels is must-see fare on kids’ tablets and other video venues for those who value funny stuff on the courts.

Expect Ewing to get shout-outs from the parent and grandparent fans who have seen the film dozens of times on the insistence of the little people in the house.

For those kids around the area who now are, or soon will be, teenage basketball hotshots in their own right, there might even be a special bonus prize – an in-house visit from Ewing recruiting their services for the Hilltop.

It’s not every day you can get a film star, a three-time collegiate first team All-American, a No. 1 NBA draft pick, an 11-time NBA All-Star, an Olympic champion, and a basketball Hall of Fame inductee in your living room – and all in one guest.


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