Sweethearts & Patriots: Stronger Each Year for Wounded Warriors

The 2020 Steering Committee of Sweethearts and Patriots at the French Embassy Feb. 8. Photo by Brian Silver of DC Hot Spots Photography.

Sweethearts and Patriots, the annual fundraiser for wounded warriors, returned for the second year to the French Embassy on Feb. 8. A favorite among twenty and thirty somethings, the event has blossomed from a small charity evening at the City Tavern Club to a major social gala, bringing in diplomatic and military leaders.

Hosted by the DC Society Sons of the American Revolution, the fete gave 350 guests a little patriotic push from some Founding Fathers who attended the party — George Washington and Thomas Jefferson from the Nationals Racing Presidents.

“We held it really close to the vest and wanted it to be a surprise,” explained event co-chair Rachel Norman, who happens to be a Daughter of the American Revolution. “We wanted to ensure the spirit of the Revolution was there.”

An impersonator of the Marquis de Lafayette also made the rounds — especially among the ladies.

Norman expects the event to have raised approximately $30,000 for this year’s two beneficiaries: Code of Support Foundation and Terre Fraternite.

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