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.