Hollywood on the Potomac
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Khalil Gibran
N Street Village’s Impact Committee welcomed an incredible line up of live music last Thursday, October 9 at the Black Cat for their annual “Night Sessions” benefit to support the nearly 1,400 homeless and low-income women that the local DC nonprofit serves. There was music for everyone – local folk favorites 19th Street Band and songwriter Tom McBride and electronic artists Ryan Mosel and Josh Odmark – and beverages from local brewery Chocolate City.
Village Committee chair Elizabeth Bernstein and Impact Committee Co-Founder Justin Fishkin spoke of their passion and commitment to supporting their homeless neighbors.
The event also honored Omar Popal of the Popal Group with the Evan H. Bliss Award for his philanthropic efforts in the city. The award was established last year to honor the memory of Evan Bliss, a young DC philanthropist and musician who passed away in August 2012.
“We have an instinctive connection with other animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, at a book party in his honor for The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter. “Animals have been central to the human experience for all of our human history.”
It was a ‘dog days night’ for sure. “Yammer” upstaged everyone (see video below); no one got bitten that we know of; no word on the carpets yet.
“I had no idea that men liked breasts,” said Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles at the Blush Lunch at the Mellon Auditorium hosted by The Women’s Health Board of the GW Medical Faculty Associates benefitting the MAMMOVAN.
“The best objective you can use to describe breasts is not firm or perky – but healthy,” she added. Coles shared the stage with Emmy Award Winning Journalist Cokie Roberts who kicked in with “These breast jokes are hard to get away from, but they can be useful.” While breast cancer is no laughing matter, the remarks grabbed the attention of the males in the audience, which of course was the designated effect.
Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor, has that intense indignation about the disease and has been instrumental in ‘paying it forward’ via legislation, raising awareness and research dollars.