The annual community fundraising event benefiting Children’s National Hospital will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Four Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Georgetown.
Easter Seals Serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, honored Tom Brokaw, actor Gary Sinise and Citi for contributions to military, veterans and their families at its annual Advocacy Awards on April 16 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The event focused on achievements in veterans employment and recognized individuals, corporations and foundations that have transformed the landscape for people with disabilities and special needs. The fundraiser generated more than $400,000 to support Easter Seals services, the highest total in the event’s history. [gallery ids="101264,147827,147817,147823" nav="thumbs"]
Interior designer Amanda Nisbet spoke at the May 23 event, which concluded the annual fundraising festivities for the historic residence.
Mayor Muriel Bowser joined the presentation to remember and honor John Laytham, co-owner of the Clyde's Restaurant Group, who died in January. Nov. 12 will be proclaimed John Laytham Day in the District.
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After a brief service on Oct. 1, at which St. Francis medals were bestowed on the newly blessed canine faithful, treats were distributed both to four-footers and two-footers.
N Street Village held its annual gala at the Ritz Carlton in the West End April 10. The D.C. non-profit helps homeless and low-income women turn their lives around and work toward self-reliance. It honored N Street Village success stories -- Patricia Birk, Shevanda Brantley and Lolita Mitchell -- with the Steinbruck Award. Honored with the Founders’ Award: Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and wife Abigail Blunt as well as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., for their support of the efforts of N Street Village. Brantley summed it up: “I’m addicted to life!” The gala raised more than $675,000 for N Street Village. [gallery ids="119271,119283,119279" nav="thumbs"]
Actress Tea Leoni -- a UNICEF ambassador and star of the upcoming CBS drama, "Madam Secretary" -- headlined a June 5 fundraiser, hosted by Samar and Will Langhorne at their Georgetown home to benefit UNICEF’s education programs for Syrian children. Leoni spoke movingly of her visit to the Za’atari camp -- the world’s second-largest refugee camp -- in Jordan during an interview with Lynn Stratford of U.S. Fund for UNICEF at the Langhorne home. For Samar Langhorne, the benefit was personal. Her father was in a Palestinian refugee camp, she told the crowd, and got an education through UNICEF. She, herself, lived in a refugee camp for a time. Displaced by the civil war in Syria, many Syrians have gone from a well-to-do life to living in a box on the street, Leoni said. At the refugee camp in Jordan, she was struck by the amount of children -- "70 percent under the age of 11." There, "the teenage boys are angry," she said. "There is no life." "Getting kids back in school is urgent," she said. "There has to be a safe place for children. … We are looking at the potential for a lost generation. … These children may grow up without a country." As the humanitarian crisis in Syria enters its fourth year, children continue to be the most vulnerable. According to UNICEF, "the conflict has affected 5.5 million Syrian children, including 1.4 million children living as refugees in the surrounding countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt." The one uplifting about the crisis is that "the partnerships are wholly impressive," Leoni said. She was including, of course, UNICEF -- her grandmother was one of the co-founders of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Leoni has been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2001 and a national board member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 2006. UNICEF stands for United Nations Children's Fund, formerly United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. We will be seeing a lot more of Leoni in D.C. this fall -- at least on television. As a actress, Leoni will be in a lead role that is decidedly Washingtonian. She plays the Secretary of State in "Madam Secretary," a new CBS drama, set for a September debut. [gallery ids="101759,141484,141499,141489,141492,141497" nav="thumbs"]
In 2002, Julia Sevilla — daughter of Nicaraguan ambassador to the U.S. for 36 years, Guillermo Sevilla Sacasa — founded the Future of Nicaragua Foundation to provide the best possible medical care throughout Nicaragua. Guests gathered at the Embassy of Nicaragua Jan. 29 to celebrate the success of programs that include the provision of surgical care for children with facial deformities, dental care and delivery of wheelchairs. Ambassador Francisco Campbell spoke of the foundation’s impact. Guests enjoyed an elegant buffet, music by violinist Cal Morris and the eloquent remarks of the Reverend Bishop Mario Dorsonville, who quoted Pope Francis: “The future is about solidarity.” [gallery ids="102239,129402,129390,129412,129384,129397,129407" nav="thumbs"]