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Sting to Perform at Strathmore to Support Duke Ellington School March 12

February 27, 2014

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is pleased to announce that Sting will headline their seventh annual Performance Series of Legends benefit concert, The event will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore, and joining Sting will be special guest Paul Simon plus an additional surprise performer.

This concert is the latest in a series of performances that has included Dave Chappelle, Denyce Graves, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Smokey Robinson and Patti Labelle. Led by Founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Head of School, Rory Pullens, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts has taken an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to fundraising in order to support its dual arts and academic curriculum.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Sting has offered his resources and talents to our school.  His contribution through this performance series not only gives our students inspiration and valuable exposure, but provides a source of revenue that enables us to continue the important mission of providing arts education excellence to deserving students who wouldn't otherwise have this opportunity,” states Rory Pullens, Head of School and CEO of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Individual ticket prices are between $250 and $750. VIP tickets are $1,000 each and will include access to a private reception prior to the concert. Sponsorship levels range from $5,000-$100,000 and are available through The Ellington Fund at 202.333.2555 or

Visit Duke Ellington School of the Arts for further details or to learn more.

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Meet Jefferson Morley at Dumbarton House February 25

February 3, 2014

Dumbarton House and The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia invite you to hear Jefferson Morley speak about his critically-acclaimed book, Snow-Storm in August on February 25, 2014. Cocktails start at 6:30 pm and the lecture begins at 7:00 pm, followed by the book-signing.

Mr. Morley is a 25-year veteran of Washington journalism with a proven record of breaking stories on the international media, U.S. foreign policy, and American history. A veteran magazine editor, he then worked at the Washington Post from 1992-2007, before joining the Center for Independent Media.

Snow-Storm in August is a gripping narrative history of the explosive events that drew together Francis Scott Key, President Andrew Jackson, and an 18-year old slave on trial for attempted murder. Ranging beyond the familiar confines of the White House and the Capitol, the book delivers readers into an unknown chapter of American history with an absorbing account of the racial secrets and contradictions that ran beneath the freewheeling capital of a rising world power.

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Dumbarton House is located a 2715 Q Street.

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Georgetown WOW

January 23, 2014

Wednesday evening, Dr. Tina Alster hosted the inaugural event for Georgetown WOW!, a quarterly women’s speaker series “With Outstanding Women” for Georgetown University alumnae, family, and friends in the Washington DC Metro region.

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The evening featured Dr. Alster, Founding Director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Surgery (WIDLS) and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Georgetown University’s Medical Center; and Dr. Marie Pennanen, Director of the Chevy Chase Breast Center, Associate Professor of Surgery with GUMC, and alumna of Georgetown University.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail gathering and conversation on women’s health, skin care and aging, where Drs. Alster and Pennanen shared their roles at the University as practitioners, their allegiance to the Washington DC community, and their thoughts on how the women in our community can support not only themselves but each other. The evening concluded with a Q&A session, private tour of the Institute, and announcement of upcoming events in this series.  

As part of Georgetown’s capital campaign, For Generations to ComeBarbara Crocker (Class of 1975 and DC Campaign Committee Chair) and Brandi Durkac (Georgetown's Director of Advancement for the Washington DC Metro Region) created this Georgetown WOW! quarterly women's speaker series and have organized the following upcoming events for 2014:

·  Advancing Women in Global Peace & Security with Amb. Melanne Verveer (Class of 1966 and 1969)

·  Understanding the Power of Language with famous linguist and Georgetown University Professor Deborah Tannen

·  Connecting the Hilltop to the Hill with our distinguished women in Congress

·  Illuminating 1,000 Places to See Before You Die with celebrated travel author Patricia Schultz (Class of 1975)


For more information on Georgetown WOW, contact Brandi Durkac at 202.687.6702 or




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