Putting on the Glitz: 2012 Georgetown Gala
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The 2012 Georgetown Gala at the Russian Embassy on October 26 was a glamorous affair bringing together over 350 guests, neighbors, sponsors, and politicos to celebrate Georgetown. We were welcomed once again by gracious hosts His Excellency and Mrs. Sergey Kislyak, along with Honorary Chairs Senator and Mrs. Roy Blunt, Senator John Kerry and Teresa Heinz, Senator and Mrs. Joseph Lieberman, The Honorable Selwa Roosevelt, John J. DeGioia, Mark Ein, and Hugh Newell Jacobsen, to the Putting on the Glitz event. Gala co-chairs Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans, and Patrice Miller, along with their hardworking committee, organized a fantastic evening complete with dinner and dancing, an exciting live auction, and Russian caviar and vodka.
Guests were greeted by the enchanting voices of the Georgetown Chimes on the grand staircase. Tables were decorated in sleek black and white, coordinated with elegant centerpieces donated by Ultra Violet, Greenworks, and top hats from Proper Topper. Occasions Catering provided the sumptuous buffet and Safeway donated the wine.
CAG President Jennifer Altemus, Councilman Jack Evans, and Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the guests and presented an award to Richard and Pamela Hinds for their work promoting historic preservation and public safety in Georgetown. The program continued with the spirited live auction by auctioneers Pat and Joe Lonardo. They were assisted by actors from the National Conservancy of Dramatic Arts who dressed the part of each item (think snow bunnies and Sherlock Holmes) – items included a condo in Deer Valley, an apartment in Florence, a Scavenger Hunt dinner for thirty, a week at the health spa Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, and a week stay in a fabulous French Villa (which was generously donated for two weeks!). Door prizes included dinner for ten at Café Milano, a George Town Club guest membership, a one-night stay and Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons, and a Bentley from Euro Motors for a weekend.
The ballroom became a dynamic dance party with Big Ray and the Kool Kats playing music everyone loved. Guests went home with a sweet treat from Sprinkles -- individually boxed cupcakes.
We appreciate the donations of many businesses and individuals who came together to support the fabulous evening:
Long & Foster, Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International
Vornado Realty Trust and Angelo, Gordon & Co.
on behalf of the Shops at Georgetown Park
Chesapeake Management Group
Nancy Taylor Bubes – Washington Fine Properties
The Levy Group
M.C. Dean, Inc.
Western Development Corporation
Beasley Real Estate
Gregg Busch – First Savings Mortgage Corporation
Georgetown University Hospital
M + T Bank
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
Clyde’s Restaurant Group ~ Creel Printing/Digital Lizard ~ Colonial Parking ~EagleBank ~ The Georgetown Current ~ The Georgetown Dish ~ The Georgetowner ~ Safeway ~ Sprinkles Cupcakes
Host Committee Patrons
Peter & Cherry Baumbusch
Joan Kennan & Kevin Delany
Helen Darling & Bradford Gray
June and Jerry Libin
Mimsy & Rusty Lindner
Sharon & David Lockwood
Jane & Tim Matz
Jayne H. Plank
Nancy & Nicholas Robert
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Rutherfoord, Jr.
Frederica & George Valanos
Individual Dumbarton Patrons
Florence Auld & Frank Marshall
Individual Potomac Patrons
Lisa & Paul Koches
Barbara & Michael Bayer
Jane & Calvin Cafritz
Susan Dimarco & Jeh Johnson
Mark David Ein Foundation
Pamela & Richard Hinds
Georgina & Outerbridge Horsey
Nancy Itteilag & Jack Donnelly
Lesley & Jim Lee
Tracy Mathieu & Robert V. Huffman
Jackie Pletcher & Charlie Eisen
Elizabeth & Luis Torres
Ann & Bob vom Eigen
Georgetown Gala Committee
Nancy Taylor and Alan Bubes
Michele and Jack Evans
Patrice and Herb Miller
Jennifer Altemus ~ Florence Auld ~ Hannah Bahar ~ Tamra Bentsen ~ Annie Lou Berman ~
Stephanie Bothwell ~ Brooke Carnot ~ Constance Chatfield-Taylor ~ Marcie Connolly ~
Betsy McGregor Cooley ~ Susan Dimarco ~ Ellen Clare Dreyer ~ Anna Fuhrman ~ Colleen Girouard ~ Robin Jones ~ Ann Kenkel ~ Cathy Kerkam ~ Lesley Lee ~ Jackie Pletcher ~ Ada Polla ~ Lindsey Rupp ~
Annemarie Ryan ~ Amy Tercek ~ Mariella Trager ~ Beth Webster
2011 Georgetown Gala: Winter Wonderland at Russian Embassy
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The Georgetown Gala took place on Friday, December 2nd at the Embassy of the Russian Federation from 7 until 11pm. Ambassador and Mrs. Sergey Kislyak were honorary chairs for the black tie evening which brought together over 400 residents, businesses, organizations and government leaders to highlight CAG’s mission of historic preservation and improving the life of the community. Gala Co-Chairs Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans and Patrice Miller planned a Winter Wonderland which included Russian vodka & caviar, an elegant dinner, a live auction, and dancing.
Georgetowners John Richardson and Franco Nuschese were honored. Mr. Richardson is a long-time Georgetowner who was pivotal in the transformation of Volta Park in the 1990s and his building company has shaped many houses in Georgetown. Mr. Nuschese is the owner of Café Milano and a strong supporter of the Georgetown community.
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To Russia with Love: 2010 CAG Gala
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The 2010 Georgetown Gala, chaired by Jennifer Altemus, Nancy Taylor Bubes, and Leslie Lee, provided guests with a glamorous evening of dancing, dining, chatting with friends, and bidding on intriguing auction items at the Embassy of the Russian Federations on Friday evening October 15. His Excellency Sergey Kislyak hosted four hundred Georgetowners for dinner and dancing, and delicious with Russian caviar and vodka. Jennifer Altemus and Councilmember Jack Evans welcomed Georgetowners and recognized Barbara Downs and Anna Fuhrman for their contributions to the community. Councilmember Jack Evans also welcomed the crowd.
Barbara Downs, a longtime resident of Georgetown, has generously contributed her time and resources to many organizations in the community. As a former president of CAG she now sits on the Board and was one of the founders of the Gala. She is active with Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park and Volta Park. She volunteers for the Senior Center, finds time for the Garden Club and painting at the Jackson School.
Anna Fuhrman is a Georgetown resident and the owner of Proper Topper – a treasure trove of hats, gifts and one-of-a-kind clothes. She has served on the Board of Directors of the DC Public Library Foundation, The Friends of Rose Park, and the Marketing Committee of the Georgetown BID.
The silent auction was put together by Annie Lou Berman and Erika Donohue. The bidding was highly competitive thanks to the new electronic system of hand-held bidding devices from BidPal. Highlights from the auction included a VIP bed and breakfast trip to Martha’s Vineyard, 10 tickets for the Nutcracker at the National Theatre and Tea Party with the cast following the performance, twelve cupcakes a month from Georgetown Cupcake, a custom sandwich named for you at Booeymonger’s, and a book club party with Kitty Kelley
Special thanks to the evening’s sponsors: Georgetown Park - Angelo Gordon/Vornado Realty Trust, Washington Fine Properties - Nancy Taylor Bubes, Colonial Parking - Rusty & Mimsy Lindner, Capital Assets Management - John Girouard, EagleBank, EastBanc Technologies, Georgetown University Hospital, M.C. Dean, Inc., PNC Bank, Securitas Security Services USA, Clydes, Julia Diaz-Asper at TTR Sotheby’s Realty, Georgetown Current, The Georgetowner, and the Georgetown Business Association.
Guests showed off their dance moves while the Right On band played music of the 1970s. The glitter and platform shoe clad performers and go-go dancers started a “love train” conga line that guests joined in and snaked through the elaborate rooms of the Embassy.
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The Georgetown Dish
Memorable Midnight in Moscow - 2009 CAG Gala
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Security Guards! Photographers! Soloists from the Moscow Symphony! Caviar and vodka! Beautiful dresses, tuxedos and tails! Hockey stars! It all added up to a glamorous Midnight in Moscow as the CAG Gala drew over 400 guests to the stunning Embassy of the Russian Confederation on October 2, 2009. Mayor Adrian Fenty welcomed American and Russian guests to a VIP reception including hockey players Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin.
Ambassador Announces New Partnership with Arbat Historic District
During the sumptuous buffet (by Occasions Caterers) in the gorgeous ballroom, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak welcomed the crowd and officially announced the formation of a neighborhood relationship between Georgetown and the Arbat historic district in Moscow. The communities have much in common -- both neighborhoods are historic cradles of their two national capitals, they are home to many writers and artists, they both feature vibrant restaurants, galleries and boutiques and are popular tourist destinations. The Arbat is celebrating its 516th anniversary and, according to the Ambassador, is ready to establish partnerships with CAG for cultural, business and youth cooperation.
CAG President and Gala Co-Chair, Jennifer Altemus, and Councilmember Jack Evans presented awards to Sis and Jack Hedden and Mimsy Lindner who have contributed generously of their time and resources to different aspects of life in our community.
Jack Hedden was a CAG Board Treasurer, and served on the vestry of Christ Church, on the Board of the Tudor Place Foundation, and on National Cathedral School Endowment Committee. Sis Hedden is a master of flower arranging and a certified judge for the Garden Club of America and excelled as president of the Georgetown Garden Club. She has also served on the Board of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has been Chairman of the Board of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Mimsy Lindner is the Georgetowns uber mom. For over ten years she has coached Georgetown kids soccer, cooked lunch for the seniors at St. Johns Church, worked with and for the homeless through the Georgetown Ministry, the Salvation Army and other church groups. She was and is a constant presence at various schools around town like the Intown Playgroup, Little Folks, Washington International School, Potomac School, Landon and Visitation. And as the dedicated president of the Friends of Volta Park she turned the park into one of Georgetowns true treasures.
WTOP Political Analyst Mark Plotkin was the auctioneer for a very competitive live auction featuring huge hand-painted panels from the late Nathans restaurant, a trip to Moscow, and an intriguing scavenger hunt/dinner for thirty people. This was all in addition to the amazing silent auction put together by Annie Lou Berman and Erika Donohue.
Our lead sponsors -- Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Kathy Melrod of Georgetown Long & Foster, and HSBC Bank -- were all in attendance, along with representatives from other supporting groups: Georgetown University, Georgetown University Hospital, M.C. Dean, Inc., Securitas Security Services USA, Inc, & Western Development Corporation, Clydes Restaurant Group, and The Georgetown Current.
A special thank you to Safeway for donating table flowers which were arranged beautifully by Constance Chatfield- Taylor and Gala Co-Chair, Lesley Lee. Kudos for the magnificent buffet flowers go to Betsy Rackley and Lee Child.
Dancing the Night Away
Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms orchestra conducted the waltz contest won my Sharron and David Lockwood, with exciting competition from Davis Kennedy and his partner, as well as Shaun Murphy with a mysterious professional dancer.
Photos are available on two websites: professional photographer Greg Tinius photos are viewable (and down-loadable) at http://tinius-photo.com/CAG-Gala-2009. Amateur photographer, Ryan Sullivan, took individual pictures of many guests. To view and order, go to Shutterfly.com and sign in using email@example.com as email and caggala as password. You can order prints of the photos from both sites.