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‘Once Upon a Prom’ at Ella Rue

Ladies, hurry up and drop off those old prom dresses at Ella Rue. The boutique, owned by Krista Johnson, will accept donations for Once Upon a Prom, a non-profit, now in its fifth year, run by Ashley Taylor of Ann Hand LLC. The P Street shop held a fundraiser, March 31. The dresses are provided free, one per each young woman who otherwise could not afford it. The 2011 Prom Dress Giveaway at Eastern Market is set for April 17. [gallery ids="99224,103531,103528" nav="thumbs"]

Washington Women and Wine on the Road

On Aug. 15, members of WW&W hopped aboard a motor coach in Ballston. The first stop was Doukénie Winery in Hillsboro, VA. In June of this year the Land Trust of Virginia honored winery owners George and Nicola Bazaco for their commitment to preserving “one of Northern Loudon Country’s most spectacular properties.” Maria Canora poured a variety of wines and family member Hope Bazaco brought homemade baklava and freshly picked figs. It was then on to Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, one of the largest wineries East of the Mississippi, where the sampling continued. Several local residents joined up for luncheon at the Yellow Brick Bank in Shepherdstown, WV. Terry Swift spoke of his involvement with the arts and asked the group to his historic home. Jim Surkamp led an insider’s walking tour and WW&W co-founder Karen McMullen directed the bus driver around town before everyone contently headed home. [gallery ids="99226,103560,103556,103539,103552,103544,103548" nav="thumbs"]

Fashion for Paws at Nectar Skin Bar

Fashion for Paws’ Tara de Nicholas and Jayne Sandman teamed up at Nectar Skin Bar and on Aug. 24 for a shopping event to benefit the Washington Humane Society. Known primarily for its annual Fashion for Paws Runway Show, in five years F4P has raised over $1.5 for the WHS through high profile events. Nectar Skin Bar showcases top beauty lines and pampering spa treatments in a stunning Wisconsin Avenue townhouse and garden oasis. Owners Amy and Brian Thomas, who also have Ipsa down the block, donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds to WHS. [gallery ids="99227,103549,103580,103554,103576,103559,103572,103564,103568" nav="thumbs"]

Opera Ultra Lounge

The opening of Opera Ultra Lounge. [gallery ids="99229,103579,103595,103591,103584,103587" nav="thumbs"]

Artists & Athletes reception in honor of Amb. Andrew Young

A reception in honor of Amb. Andrew Young and Mrs. Carolyn Young on the occasion of the dedication of the martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Aug. 25, 2011 [gallery ids="99230,103596,103589,103593" nav="thumbs"]

Ann Atkins at the National Press Club

We Will Survive Cancer (WWSC) recently hosted Ann Atkins, author of Eleanor Roosevelt's Live of Soul Searching and Self Discovery at a sell-out Women’s History Month Lunch and Learn fundraiser at the National Press Club sponsored by Howard Fletcher and TTR|Sotheby’s. Gayela Bynum founded the non-profit WWSC to assist the families of cancer patients. In honor of Women’s History Month, Ann Atkins presented a compelling talk: Eleanor Roosevelt - the Arc of Her Journey. A card at each place setting reminded guests “We Stand Together With the Families. The message is clear: We Will Survive Cancer.” [gallery ids="99232,103684" nav="thumbs"]

Institute for Education INFO Public Policy Roundtable Breakfast with Mayor Gray

An invitation only guest list previewed Dupont Circle’s newest sports bar, The Gryphon, on Mar. 19. Owners Tony Hudgins, David Karim and Rich Vasey were on-hand to introduce the venue, which boasts the social dining atmosphere of a restaurant, the heart of a pub and the view of a stadium. Executive Chef Joseph Evans served up towering plates of bite-sized menu highlights. The pub-meets-posh venue opens its doors just in time for March Madness 2013. The Gryphon's fully-integrated media system, including 31 televisions, ensures that college basketball fans catch every air ball and alley-oop. [gallery ids="99233,103692,103689" nav="thumbs"]

Gryphon VIP Preview Party

An invitation only guest list previewed Dupont Circle’s newest sports bar, The Gryphon, on Mar. 19. Owners Tony Hudgins, David Karim and Rich Vasey were on-hand to introduce the venue, which boasts the social dining atmosphere of a restaurant, the heart of a pub and the view of a stadium. Executive Chef Joseph Evans served up towering plates of bite-sized menu highlights. The pub-meets-posh venue opens its doors just in time for March Madness 2013. The Gryphon's fully-integrated media system, including 31 televisions, ensures that college basketball fans catch every air ball and alley-oop. [gallery ids="99234,103696,103694" nav="thumbs"]

Washington Animal Rescue League’s Paws at the Park

The League held an Aug. 10 Paws at the Park cocktail hour where canines and bipeds mingled on the patio of the Park Hyatt. The event followed the previous weekend’s hugely successful Adopt-A-Thon when 79 dogs and 34 cats were adopted under a “pay what you will for priceless pets” policy. Several adoptables were at the Park Hyatt which bills itself as the “city’s most sophisticated pet-friendly hotel.” Raul Catangui was proud to announce the launching of the new website BowWowMatch.com. Pro Feed supplied doggie goodie bags. [gallery ids="99237,103964,103995,103969,103991,103974,103987,103979,103983" nav="thumbs"]

LUNGevity’s Musical Celebration of Hope Gala

Having lost her mother Pat to late diagnosed lung cancer, Andrea Stern Ferris was determined to find a cure for the nation’s number-one cancer killer. She now serves as president and chairman of LUNGevity Foundation, the largest national lung cancer research non-profit, which celebrated the opening of its D.C. office at a spectacular Sept. 16 gala at the Mellon Auditorium chaired by Grace Bender. The Stern family totally underwrote the event. Former Rep. Mike Oxley (R-Ohio), a non-smoker and lung cancer survivor, received LUNGevity’s first Face of Hope Award for his advocacy of better research and treatments. Design Cuisine served an elegant repast as auctioneer Lynne Zink and generous bidders enabled the foundation to reach its $1 million goal. [gallery ids="99239,103994,104025,104021,103999,104017,104013,104004,104009" nav="thumbs"]