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2016 Spirit of Georgetown Oct. 13

September 29, 2016

Support the wonderful work of the Georgetown Ministry Center by joining them on October 13 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Williams-Addison House for the 2016 Spirit of GeorgetownThis annual benefit celebrates the community’s commitment to ending homelessness and raises the greatest share of funding for Georgetown Ministry Center’s annual operations.


This year, GMC will honor Patricia Davies, former board president and long-time advocate for individuals experiencing homelessness. “The support of dedicated people like Pat Davies allows Georgetown Ministry Center to welcome homeless individuals into our Day Center 365 days of the year, while also operating a Winter Shelter and offering medical and psychiatric care on the street,” said Gunther Stern, GMC executive director. “It’s only fitting that we recognize Pat at the Spirit of Georgetown this year, as she has been a tireless advocate and friend to GMC guests.”


In addition to honoring Davies, guests will hear from GMC leaders about recent achievements and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and good company. The Spirit of Georgetown is made possible by the hard work of event co-chairs and volunteers, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Megan Gabriel and Page Evans, the generosity and hospitality of hosts, Karen and Bill Sonneborn, and the support of the benefit committee and event attendees. A special thank you to the 2016 corporate level sponsors: CSC Leasing Company, Washington Fine Properties and Walker & Dunlop.


For more details, including registration information, visit Spirit of Georgetown or email

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Via Umbria Hosts Earthquake Relief Cooking Class & Chef Gala

September 21, 2016

Spaghetti All’Amatriciana (Photo by: Spaghetti All’Amatriciana

Via Umbria is hosting two very special events this month to raise funds for the Italian American Relief Fund, a fund established by the National Italian American Foundation to support earthquake relief activities in central Italy.  


The first one is a cooking class and dinner this Friday evening, September 23, featuring spaghetti all’amatriciana, the famous pasta dish from Amatrice, the town at the epicenter of the earthquake. 


Chef Rissa Miller was in Italy during the earthquake and will share her love of cooking Italian cuisine and her experience of the tenacity and character of the Italian people in response to the disaster.


The evening will include a demonstration cooking class with Chef Rissa followed by a 3-course dinner. Wine is not included and can be purchased at retail at Via Umbria.


All profits from this evening will be donated to the Italian American Relief Fund

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Next Tuesday, September 27, join Via Umbria for a gala evening of food, wine and a special auction. Area chefs will be donating their time, energies and expertise to showcase their signature dishes throughout the market in a program that also features a special wine tasting and tastings of products from the affected region.


The evening will be capped by an auction of products and experiences donated by the local Italian community, including special donations from Via Umbria.


100% of the ticket sales and donations from this event will go to the Italian American Relief Fund.


There are three ways to donate: 


Place your online order and Via Umbria will forward your donation to Italian American Relief Fund (not tax deductible); 


Make your tax deductible donation directly with the Italian American Relief Fund by clicking here. Be sure to specify "Via Umbria" as your referring organization (instructions) to ensure space reservation; 


Reserve your place by emailing and bring your check made payable to "NIAF" with you to the gala.

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Step Afrika! Presents Migration at The Phillips Collection Sept 18

September 14, 2016

The Phillips Collection is hosting a panel discussion and performance of  Step Afrika! with excerpts from The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence September 18th at 2:00 pm.


For this performance, the dance company blends body percussion, choreography, spoken word, projected images of Lawrence’s panels, and music to chart the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North more than a century ago. The preview performance comes after a discussion with creative leaders from Step Afrika!, The Phillips Collection, and Washington Performing Arts.


The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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