Photo by RJSmith
Dancers including Victoria Rixey at the CAG Gala
Dancers including Victoria Rixey at the CAG Gala
An estimated 400 Georgetowners and friends traveled to Russia with Love Friday night -- or at least to the elegant Russian Embassy complex -- for the annual CAG Gala.

Carol Joynt, Jack Evans, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and hostess Jennifer Altemus (Photo by: RJSmith) Carol Joynt, Jack Evans, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and hostess Jennifer Altemus


Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak welcomed the glamorous group to dine and dance for the second year in a row. CAG President Jennifer Altemus led the festivities, recognizing Barbara Downs and Anna Fuhrman for their contributions to the community, and celebrating the continued neighborhood relationship between the Citizens Association of Georgetown and Moscow's historic district known as the Arbat.

Nancy Taylor Bubes and Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy (Photo by: RJSmith) Nancy Taylor Bubes and Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy


The Right On Band ignited the dance floor after welcoming remarks by Councilmember Jack Evans and a live auction led by Carol Joynt. Former Councilmember Vincent Orange and a number of local officials were on hand for the event, which was chaired by Altemus, Nancy Taylor Bubes, and Lesley Lee.

Auctioneer for the evening, Carol Joynt (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan ) Auctioneer for the evening, Carol Joynt


Annie Lou Berman and Erika Donohue (Photo by: RJSmith) Annie Lou Berman and Erika Donohue


Mary Fox and her friend Jay (Photo by: RJSmith) Mary Fox and her friend Jay


Marina and Igor Alekseev and Bonnie Cain (Photo by: RJSmith) Marina and Igor Alekseev and Bonnie Cain


Laurie Beckeman, Michael Horst, Karen and Rick Murphy, Robin Jones (Photo by: RJSmith) Laurie Beckeman, Michael Horst, Karen and Rick Murphy, Robin Jones

The Georgetown Dish's Wendy Gordon (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan ) The Georgetown Dish's Wendy Gordon


Florence Auld and Bill Boczany (Photo by: RJSmith) Florence Auld and Bill Boczany


Ashley Hubbard, Meghan Apfelbaum, Susan Hendrick and Elizbeth Maloy (Photo by: RJSmith) Ashley Hubbard, Meghan Apfelbaum, Susan Hendrick and Elizbeth Maloy


Christine and Rokas Beresniovas (Photo by: RJSmith) Christine and Rokas Beresniovas


Former Councilmember Vincent Orange (third from left) with Commissioners Bill Starrels, Bill Skelsey and ANC Chair Ron Lewis (Photo by: RJSmith) Former Councilmember Vincent Orange (third from left) with Commissioners Bill Starrels, Bill Skelsey and ANC Chair Ron Lewis


An ANC couple: Commissioner Aaron Golds, a GU student, and Hope Solomon, daughter of Commissioner Ed Solomon (Photo by: RJSmith) An ANC couple: Commissioner Aaron Golds, a GU student, and Hope Solomon, daughter of Commissioner Ed Solomon


ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon (Photo by: RJSmith) ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon


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anonymous

CAG's Friday fundraiser was disappointing compared to last year's wonderful event. The whole thing was totally inappropriate for a black tie affair for the cream of CAG's members: the music was much too loud and better suited to a high school event, the third-rate buffet reminded me of a mediocre lunch at a mid-level think tank, I've seen the red wine for $5.99 at a local liquor store and where was the vodka and caviar station that I remember? I was really looking forward to this year's after thoroughly enjoying myself last year; next year will have to do without me.

Anonymous

Shouldn't CAG consider another venue for next year? The Russian Embassy is not located in Georgetown, and it is basically institutional with the gloss of bright gold leaf. And as I understand it, CAG has no control over catering at this location, so the food is not remotely commensurate with the price. Now that CAG has done Russia for a number of years, aren't there other fabulous locations to try throughout the city?

@ Anonymous

Dear Anonymous, The event is a community fundraiser for all the wonderful things CAG does for the community. Things such as Safety, Historic Preservation, Beautification, Zoning, University Relations, etc.. which the entire community would suffer if it were not for the generosity of CAG and its many wonderful volunteers. Because you did not like loud music, food and $6 wine is a sad comment that is more about you missing the bigger picture.

Anonymous

The gala was fantastic! A very fun event to get the entire community together. The set up was much better than last year -- a great dance floor with an over-the-top band in one room, with the option to escape to a quiter side room for conversation. A BIG thumbs up to CAG for all their efforts in putting the event together. The Embassy is a beautiful space and they are so generous to share it with us. We are so lucky to live in a community like Georgetown -- we can join a conga line in a tuxedo and ball gown while sipping Russian vodka and munching on caviar! Thanks for all the great pictures!

Georgian wines dealer

Hey CAG, how about doing now a fundraiser with Georgians for a change ? Believe me, wines from Georgia are superior to Russian vodka ! No moral headache next morning either....

FYI: For those with more sensitive ethics -
Chodorkovsky might get another 14 years in prison !