Katie Bianco 2013-12-28 10:35:42
The Talented Ms. Burch Tory Burch enlisted her glamorous girlfriends to fete her new store—and raise funds for her foundation. THE PARTY Burch’s fashion-conscious friends and fans turned out at the designer’s shimmering new Georgetown boutique to celebrate her latest retail location. Amid her fabulous ats and iconic accessories (the latter are heavily emphasized in the boutique), some of the city’s most powerful women toasted all things Tory. THE PEOPLE Tory Burch’s VIP guests included the vice president’s wife, Jill Biden; media moguls Robert and Elena Allbritton; CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and his wife, Lynn; CNN reporter Dana Bash; and political pundit Gloria Borger. BEST IN SHOW While the brightly colored boutique was the backdrop for the party, the focus was on raising funds for the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports the economic empowerment of female entrepreneurs and their families in the United States. Attendees shopped for a cause, with 20 percent of all proceeds that evening going to the foundation. e charity is near and dear to Burch, and it was clear from the turnout—and the receipts!— that her DC acquaintances and fans felt exactly the same. ON THE SCENE Gabriella Lehimdjian House of Thrills Alpha House, the latest small-screen send-up of Capitol Hill politics, hosted an exclusive screening at the Newseum. THE PARTY Hollywood and Capitol Hill insiders gathered at the Newseum for a night of elbow-rubbing in the name of Amazon’s first original series, Alpha House. Helmed by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, the show takes a satirical look at the antics of four Republican senators living in a group house on Capitol Hill. THE PEOPLE The screening of Trudeau’s high-pro file new show attracted plenty of curious members of congress, including Sen. Dick Durbin, who actually lives in the reallife Capitol Hill row house that inspired the show. Members of the comedic cast also walked the red carpet, including Mark Consuelos, Matt Malloy and Yara Martinez. BEST IN SHOW Pre-screening, guests discussed politics and dined on delicacies—courtesy of Wolfgang Puck Catering—and were treated to a Q&A with Trudeau and Alpha House Executive Producer Jonathan Alter after the credits rolled. A Roaring Good Time! DC’s most powerful women came together for a Great Gatsby-themed gala at the 20th annual Knock Out Abuse fundraiser. THE PARTY Lights! Camera! Auction! Celebrating two decades of success, this year’s Knock Out Abuse gala was heavy on the glitz and glamour with the city’s most fashion-forward women taking their clothing cue from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lavish novel. The Great Gatsbyinspired reception, complete with owing Champagne from Pernod Ricard, was followed by a decadent dinner, an intimate concert by Eric Benét and a high-dollar auction moderated by Wolf Blitzer. THE PEOPLE It was “a girls’ night out for a good cause,” said the event’s chairwoman, Gina F. Adams. The bevy of bold-faced names in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom (decked out in decor by Events by Andre Wells) included restaurateur Maria Trabocchi, health advocate Grace Bender and Knock Out Abuse founders Cheryl Davis Masri and Jill Sorensen. BEST IN SHOW While Benét stole the show with his hit “Georgy Porgy,” it was the night’s keynote speaker, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who gave a moving speech on the importance of organizations like Knock Out Abuse in protecting victims of domestic violence. Saying the attendees were “some of the most powerful women in the country,” the 650- plus guests ultimately raised $560,000 in one evening. Ringside Raves Put up your dukes! The annual testosterone-tinged Fight Night brought out the city’s heavy hitters in support of DC’s at-risk youth. THE PARTY While DC’s women attended Knock Out Abuse across town, more than 1,600 tuxedo-clad men gathered at the Washington Hilton to raise funds for Fight for Children. The party, which raised nearly $4 million, included man-cave-come-tolife touches, like aerial dancers, hand-rolled cigars in the Golden Glove Lounge, custom cocktails by Bacardi brand ambassador Brennan Adams and the event’s first-ever female boxing bout. THE PEOPLE Raul Fernandez, CEO of ObjectVideo and Fight for Children chairman, and Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour and Fight Night chairman, took to the stage to discuss expanding the nonpro That’s reach to Baltimore, while other DC notables—including DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Rep. John Delaney and chef José Andrés—cheered ringside. BEST IN SHOW Tyrieshia Douglas took home the win in the female boxing bout, while Cornelius “The Bodysnatcher” Whitlock and John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson won their fights, followed by a live performance from John Legend. the Fight Night frenzy continued as the men headed to the Ritz-Carlton for an after-party fete—featuring Questlove—with the women of Knock Out Abuse.
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