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Georgetown Welcomes Capitol File Magazine

December 20, 2015

Capitol File magazine's offices have moved to Georgetown.

il Canale welcomed the social magazine and its executive staff to their new office digs in Georgetown Friday with a lunchon at the pizzeria and ristorante. Capitol File's moving days were Thursday and Friday.

The lunch hosted by il Canale featured pizza, pasta and whatever else the staff decided to order. Those attending were newly promoted editor Amy Moeller, publisher Suzy Jacobs, associate publisher Meredith Merrill, account executive Fendy Mesy, Marketing and Events Coordinator Blair Gottfried, Director of Event Marketing Laura Mullen, and Sales Assistant Erin Gleason

Publisher Niche Media Holdings LLC moved its Capitol File magazine offices to 1000 Potomac Street NW, 5th floor, from its previous space at 1301 Pennylvania Avenue NW.

"They're tearing down the old building Capitol File was in and we have been planning a move for sometime," said a magazine staffer.  "We found a great new home in Georgetown!"

Personally greeting the staff was Joe Farruggio, owner of il Canale.

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National Children's Center Crowdfunding Drive Launched

November 15, 2015

Beasley Vice President Anne Marie Drechsler and Beasley Real Estate launched a crowdfunding fundraiser Thursday to help support the National Children’s Center

For decades, Drechsler has been an avid supporter of the NCC and its purpose.   The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $50,000 in donations made online using Crowdrise, the #1 fundraising website for personal causes and charity.

The Early Learning Center’s mission is to provide high-quality early childhood education and early intervention for children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) in their inclusive setting located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, DC. The center focuses on early identification and intervention to address developmental concerns during the critical first five years of life, in order to provide the maximum impact and outcomes possible.

With the help of Patricia Browne, COO of NCC; Doreen McGarrah, VP of Education & Employment Services for NCC, Jesse Chancellor, President and CEO of NCC and James Brown, videographer, a video was created to help add a visual representation to the crowdfunding initiative.

“The center has done such an outstanding job helping children and families.  I want to help the NCC raise funds for their programs and especially their interactive playground for children with disabilities.” said Drechsler. The NCC currently serves 50 families and would like to expand their services to 450 as a resource to assist and provide the needs of the community.


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Don't Sink Your Teeth Into This ... It's Eye Candy

November 10, 2015

The Qatar Embassy unveiled Tuesday night a lovely piece of wrapped candy.  Flag candy sculpture, that is. And it’s big.

So now, on M Street going into Georgetown from the West End, the burgundy-and-white polyester sculpture -- at 5 meters tall -- greets the eye on Qatar property at the main entrance.  The colors represent the national flag of Qatar.

Qatar's Ambassador (left) & artist Laurence Jenkell (Photo by: Embassy of Qatar) Qatar's Ambassador (left) & artist Laurence Jenkell

It’s the work of self-taught French artist Laurence Jenkell, who was at the embassy for the unveiling with Qatar Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari and some 100 invited guests.

Jenkell, who lives and works in Vallauris, Alpes-Maritimes, has mastered her own novel technique of manipulating Plexiglass.  The work is rooted in Pop Art and New Realism. Her sculpture have been displayed around the world in various venues, including at the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Paris. Her candy-inspired sculptures are internationally recognized.

Underscoring the international flair, the ceremony was attended by several members of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, including chair Kay Kendall and members Rhona Wolfe Friedman, Gretchen B. Wharton and Jose Alberto Ucles.  Also attending was the new commission executive director, Arthur Espinoza Jr.

Elvi Moore, former Washington Ballet general director and founder/president at the Laurel Fund for the Performing Arts, was among the guests.

Real candy was given out at the reception area, along with an array of cuisine.

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