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Salutes to Georgetown businessmen Richardson and Nuschese at the festive Russian embassy

September 25, 2011

Two prominent businessmen, developer John Richardson, and hospitality executive, Franco Nuschese, will be honored at the Citizens Association of Georgetown’s annual black-tie gala on Friday, December 2nd at the Russian Embassy. 

The gala is a formal, but entertaining night, with dancing, vodka and caviar, and an elegant buffet, according to co-chairs Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans and Patrice Miller.

Franco Nuschese (Photo by: Cafe Milano) Franco Nuschese

More than 400 residents, businesses, organizations and government leaders are expected to attend the 2011 Georgetown Gala.

"John and Franco are constantly going above and beyond for our community,” said Jennifer Altemus, CAG president.

John Richardson (Photo by: Liz Barentzen) John Richardson
 “I am thrilled we are able to have this opportunity to show how much they mean to us.  It's always such a fun evening and being able to honor them there will certainly add to the festivities.  Everyone should mark their calendars for December 2nd now so they don't miss the chance to say thank you. "

Richardson is a builder who has lived in Georgetown since 1976 while raising his son with wife, Nina, and developing his business. He was instrumental in the transformation of Volta Park, from what was a very run down mess – like an old freight yard—filled with inner tubes and dirt and rocks -- to the beautiful park it is today, “ wrote Liz Barentzen in an oral history interview published on the CAG website.

Nuschese, president of Georgetown Entertainment LLC, is principal partner of Cafe Milano.  By lending his name and financial resources, Nuschese has actively supported many D.C. charitable events and civic activities since the restaurant opened in 1992.  Nuschese also is owner of Embassy Row Catering and Capital Wines, an importer of fine Italian wines.

Russian Ambassador and Mrs. Sergey Kislyak are honorary gala chairs.

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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'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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