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Filmmaker Paul Greengrass, Turki Aldakhil & Reema Khan To Be Honored

September 2, 2014

Turki Aldakhil (Photo by: America Abroad Media) Turki Aldakhil

America Abroad Media (AAM) will honor Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass, Saudi journalist Turki Aldakhil and Pakistani film personality Reema Khan and others at its 2nd annual Awards Dinner Thursday, October 30 (2014) in Washington, D.C.

 AAM promotes the free exchange of ideas through the development and dissemination of seminal television and radio programming, from South Asia to the Middle East and Africa.

Pakistani Actress Reema Khan (Photo by: America Media Abroad) Pakistani Actress Reema Khan

Greengrass, director of the acclaimed real-life piracy film Captain Phillips which starred Tom Hanks; Saudi journalist and television host Aldakhil; Impact Partners, which brings together philanthropists and documentary film makers; and Pakistani actress and director Reema Khan will receive their awards at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW.

Turki Aldakhil contributed to the establishment of Al Arabiya News and is one of Arabian Business Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs of 2014.  Greengrass also produced and directed United 93, the story of passengers and crew rallying against hijackers on September 11, 2001.

AAM’s distinguished Board of Advisors includes Madeleine Albright, Michael Chertoff, Jim Glassman, Lee Hamilton, Michael Hayden, Margot Pritzker, Dennis Ross, Doug Wilson and Vin Weber.

The evening event will be open to news coverage. Media Reservations required.  Media contact: Tel:  202.494.2490

For tickets and sponsorship, contact Shafer Busch at 202.249.7381 or



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Pop-Up Bee Pollinator in Fairmont Lobby

August 19, 2014

Across the country, pollinator bees have been on a steady decline for decades due to loss and fragmentaion of haibitat. This is impacting the health of ecosystems, the reproduction of the majority of flowering plants and pollination of food.

The eco-friendly Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is adding a pollinator bee hotel to its collection of rooftop honeybee hives in spring 2015.  To launch this new initiative, the hotel is displaying a “Pop-Up” Pollinator Bee Hotel in the lobby, and serving a pollinator menu in Juniper Restaurant.  A portion of the proceeds from the menu and the hotel’s signature cocktail, the BeeTini, will support the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Junior Beekeepers initiative from August 18 – October 31, 2014.

In spring 2015, approximately 10 public schools in the District of Columbia will have their own beehives. -  Through the school system’s new science instruction standards, students will learn about beekeeping and how to harvest honey in a truly experiential manner.

Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown welcomed 105,000 Italian honeybees in May of 2009.  The rooftop is now abuzz with three honey beehives and their residents. The bees enhance the hotel’s culinary program along with its interior courtyard garden that already provides fresh herbs and flowers such as edible pansies. “The addition of a pollinator bee hotel, will be a tremendous asset to the cross pollination of the flowers and trees in the courtyard and the surrounding Georgetown neighbourhood, states Mark S. Andrew, Regional Vice President Northeast U.S.A. and General Manager.  “We look forward to supporting DC’s Junior Beekeepers as they learn how to enhance the nation’s bee population.”

A pollinator bee hotel is a collection of nesting materials (wood, twigs, fallen branches, soil and pith-filled holes) designed to attract, support and protect native, lost and solitary bees by replicating their natural nesting sites. This allows the bees to breed, lay eggs and seek protection from predators.

To learn more about Fairmont’s sustainability efforts and ongoing commitment to supporting bee health, please visit

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Capitol Hill Home is Walking Distance to Barracks Row

August 12, 2014

This exquisite renovation at 657 South Carolina Avenue SE is a classic Victorian that incorporates modern amenities and open concept living while still embracing the past.    It is offered at $1,150,000 by Beasley Real Estate.

This home by Holahan Development features recessed lighting, professional Jenn Air stainless steel appliances, custom inset soft close cabinets, marble countertops and subway tile backsplash.  Exposed brick walls, wide plank hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom, spa-like baths with modern fixtures and seamless glass showers with marble surround makes this home a gem.

The property is conveniently located on Capitol Hill. Walk outside your door and you are reminded by just how easy city living can be. METRO's Orange, Blue & new Silver lines providing access to K Street lobby firms, Reagan National Airport and Dulles International.

Enjoy a late night cocktail or Sunday brunch at Barracks Row which has many restaurants and shop at Eastern Market’s eclectic stands.


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