The 3rd Annual Paint the Town Red Gala

Paint the Town Red is an annual fundraiser for PULSE, which is the American Heart Association’s young professional group.  The mission of PULSE is to build healthier lives free of heart disease and strokes.  Cardiovascular disease is the country’s #1 health threat and it is a disease that affects the loved ones of all of us.  The American Heart Association is the second largest funder of cardiovascular research only behind the federal government and 100% of the proceeds for this evening were directed for the benefit of cardiovascular research.

The strategy for PULSE is to promote preventative health advocacy through education, inspiration, and a habit of heart healthy activities that will create a positive change on the health of a new generation.  Fitness and nutrition are the epicenter of this strategy.  PULSE is a great organization to follow for young professionals as they organize fun events such as boxing, hiking, rope climbing, etc.  My personal passion is sweep rowing with the Capital Rowing Club and the PULSE chairs sounded very interested in rowing so this may be a future activity for the organization as well.

Please clink the following link to view the future calendar of events associated with PULSE:

http://adguys.com/pulse/

In addition, please view the following link if you would have an interest in learning more about rowing.  It is an amazing sport that you can only appreciate after experiencing it for yourself.  It is an unbelievable exercise and there is nothing like seeing the oars dance with the water.  It is a sport of adrenaline, drive and comradery.

http://www.capitalrowing.org/crc/

 

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Opera Lafayette’s 20th Anniversary

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The Opera Lafayette’s 20th anniversary with Les Fetes was an entertaining evening with two contrasting musical generations in 18th century France, Rameau and Grétry. The title of the show “Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour ou Les Dieux d’Égypte” is translated as “The Celebration of Marriage and Love (or the Gods of Egypt).”

The conductor and artistic director, Ryan Brown, is clearly very passionate about his art and he delivered a fantastic performance that I would highly recommend. Ryan Brown founded Opera Lafayette in 1995 as an American period-instrument ensemble that specializes in French repertoire and rediscovers masterpieces.

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While the opera is in French, the artists had beautiful voices and you can follow the general dialogue through their manners and expression. In addition, Mr. Brown incorporated three separate dance companies into the performance with choreography that brought life to the show. There was a women in costume who provided a very realistic impression of an ostrich. I particularly enjoyed a dance company in blue wave imprinted spandex who simulated water as part of the scene.

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Opera Lafayette gave an extraordinary performance and you can find out more information about future shows via the following link:

http://www.operalafayette.org/

Future dates for Opera Lafayette performances at the Kennedy Center are Tuesday February 24, 2015 or Saturday May 30, 2015.  Ticket prices are very reasonable ranging from $20 to $100.

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The 5th Annual Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Gala

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Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded nearly $840 million in research and provided $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

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Journalist and former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden emceed the Susan G. Komen gala at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In June 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease.

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Carlyle Group CEO David Rubenstein was the recipient of the Mission Advancement Award. He explained that it is inappropriate to speak about money at the Kennedy Center but that he spoke to the Chairman, who also happens to be himself, and received special approval to mention that the event raised almost $2 million.  The proceeds will fund grants for Komen’s 19 breast cancer grantees in the National Capital Region.  Mr. Rubenstein also generously offered to contribute an additional $250,000 to match new gifts from the evening. David continued with saying:

“Thanks to events like Honoring the Promise, we have been able to invest more than $35 million in more than 300 community grants to serve low-income, uninsured and medically underserved women in the National Capital Region”

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While Laura Bush was not able to attend the gala, she did appear in a video message to discuss the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon charitable foundation that builds on existing healthcare programs to integrate cervical cancer prevention in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Laura also provided a quote that she admires of Mr. Rubenstein:

“Happiness is one of the most delusive things in life but happiness is one of the things you can clearly bring about yourself if you help others.”

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Judith A. Salerno, M.D., who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen, explained that it is mission of Komen to end breast cancer. Komen seeks to find gaps in healthcare coverage and provide help to those in the community who have fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system. Dr. Salerno explained:

“The greatest gift you can give to those with cancer is the hope that something may be done to help them.”

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The highlight of the evening was Rep. Wasserman Schultz, who was the recipient of the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award. Rep Wasserman Schultz is a breast cancer survivor and has provided critical women’s health legislation. She has labored to implement programs to empower young women afflicted with breast cancer. In 2009 she successfully passed the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young, or EARLY Act, an Act that creates education campaigns about the threats of breast cancer in young women. Rep. Wasserman Shultz was brave in deciding to keep her diagnosis private as she went through seven surgeries over the course of a year. She chose to keep her cancer private for the reason that she did not want others to view her as a victim and expect less of her. Rep. Wasserman Shultz wanted to battle the disease and move forward with her legislative career with the same high expectations as the past. She closed with the following statement:

“It is truly special to receive an award named for a woman who reduced stigmas by publicly talking about her own battle against breast cancer at a time when it was considered inappropriate to do so, thereby helping other women know that they were not alone and helping start an important national conversation. I thank Susan G. Komen for this incredible honor and for their leadership in fighting breast cancer,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23). “Once I recovered from my own battle against the disease, I knew I had to translate that experience into action by writing legislation with a simple premise: knowledge is power.”

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President Barack Obama also provided a video message thanking everyone for all they do in the fight against breast cancer. He expressed his admiration in Rep. Wasserman Shultz’s courage in battling breast cancer while still maintaining her responsibilities to family and her Florida constituents.

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Entertainment for the evening was provided by accomplished pianist Bruce Hornsby who said, “I will be doing a song by the late and great Tupac Shakur and this is for all of the hip hop aficionados.” This provided a good laugh for the audience as Bruce was referring to Tupac Shakur’s hit song “Changes,” which is actually based off of Mr. Hornsby’s original song “The Way It Is.”

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The event was followed by a reception at the Kennedy Center’s Atrium where WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and her husband Paul “Triple H” Levesque gave remarks about WWE’s partnership with Komen. In October 2012, the two organizations formed the “Rise Above Cancer” campaign. The partnership, which features wrestlers wearing pink and the sale of pink branded merchandise, has raised more than $1.2 million to date. This year’s partnership will launch at Monday Night RAW on September 29 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois.

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Susan G. Komen's Honoring the Promise Gala

2014-09-11_22-12-54AN EVENING WITH BRUCE HORNSBY

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES

Joan Lunden

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION 

BETTY FORD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Presented by Victoria Reggie Kennedy and Susan Ford Bales

 MISSION ADVANCEMENT AWARD 

David M. Rubenstein

Presented by Nancy G. Brinker and Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.

 TICKETS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Honoring the Promise will bring together the heroes of the breast cancer movement for a celebratory evening of inspiration and world-class entertainment. Honoring the Promise both celebrates and recognizes the Komen community of survivors and supporters who share in the promise Nancy G. Brinker made to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, to end breast cancer forever.

Susan G. Komen® has sustained a strong commitment to supporting research that will identify and deliver cures for breast cancer. To date, $23 million has gone to 98 research grants to researchers in the National Capital Region, including Georgetown University, The Institute of Medicine, Howard University and George Washington University, among others.

Why Your Help Matters The National Capital Region, which includes Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia, has the highest incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer in the United States, with incidence rates 20 percent higher than the national average and mortality rates nearly 40 percent higher than the national average. In addition, it has one of the highest rates of late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer.

Despite these alarming numbers, we are making progress. Breast cancer incidence, mortality and the number of late-stage diagnoses have been declining in the National Capital Region. Services and assistance provided by local programs and funded by Honoring the Promise are contributing to these reductions.

Your Impact Since 1990, funds raised from Susan G. Komen® events like Honoring the Promise have provided more than $34 million for over 300 community grants to local programs in the National Capital Region that are dedicated to reaching low-income, minority and uninsured women in areas where breast cancer rates are highest.

Your Support Provides Services and Funding to Research Grants Funds raised from Susan G. Komen’s Honoring the Promise event go to the National Capital Region community grants. These grants are awarded to not-for-profit organizations to provide breast health services, treatment assistance and patient support services to low-income, minority and under- or uninsured women.

For more information on the impact your contribution will have in the National Capital Region please click HERE.

Twitter users can follow the conversation about Honoring the Promise by using the hashtag KomenHTP or following @SusanGKomen. On Facebook, visit: facebook.com/SusanGKomen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Capital Club Presents the Sinatra Soiree

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The Sinatra Soiree is the signature event of the Capital Club held each year at my favorite venue of the National Building Museum.  It will be a festive evening filled with live music, dancing, refreshing cocktails and great company.  Entertainment will be provided by the Radio King Orchestra.  Recommended attire for the ladies is strong cocktail and summer chic for the gentlemen.

Thursday July 17, 2014

9:00PM to 1:00AM

National Building Museum

401 F St. NW

Washington, DC

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