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scene in Dc | Transformer Silent Auction Leanne Helfrich VI RGI N IA R E ALTOR Specializing in Luxury homes and farm properties. Victoria Reis, Sanaa Akkach A life-long Virginia resident, Leanne knows the area, schools, communities, and how to help you realize your house dreams. 703-489-3470 www.homesbyleanne.com leanneshomes@gmail.com Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan Yoriko Fujisaki, Mariko Dozono Fierce Fiesta the Party: Te Transformer Gallery transformed the Mexican Cultural Institute into a hotbed of art and innovation at the 7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction and Benefit Party. the PeoPle: His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan, the Ambassador of Mexico, served as diplomatic chair for the evening along with his stunning wife Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan. best in show: With no shortage of spirits flowing—including tequila—bidders had no problem raising the funds for DC’s edgiest arts non-profit. Restaurants such as Casa Oaxaca, Birch& Barley and Masa 14 brought the perfect bites. –Evan Schwartz Philippa Hughes, Eric Hirshfield Piney Branch Conveniently located in Fairfax, VA. Close to Rt. 7100, Rt. 29 and Rt. 66. Gorgeous, elegant home custom built for entertainment, family retreats, privacy and security. Call Leanne to schedule a showing! Robert Lehrman, Dan Steinhilber Dani Levinas, Mirella Levinas PhotograPhy by Darren SantoS Alta Vista Marshall, VA – just minutes from Rte. 66 Tim Bork, Shigeko Bork David Vennett, Izette Folger, Austin Bryan, Marley Clements Historic Elegance resonates from this 1907 Estate home on 310 acres.

Scene In Dc

Fierce Fiesta<br /> <br /> The Party: Te Transformer Gallery transformed the Mexican Cultural Institute into a hotbed of art and innovation at the 7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction and Benefit Party.<br /> <br /> The PeoPle: His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan, the Ambassador of Mexico, served as diplomatic chair for the evening along with his stunning wife Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan.<br /> <br /> Best in show: With no shortage of spirits flowing—including tequila—bidders had no problem raising the funds for DC’s edgiest arts non-profit. Restaurants such as Casa Oaxaca, Birch& Barley and Masa 14 brought the perfect bites.–Evan Schwartz<br /> <br /> Jingle all the way<br /> <br /> The PaRty: It was a festive Four Seasons freefor- all, filled to the brim with Christmas cheer as almost 800 participants gathered to support the 5th annual Georgetown Jingle.<br /> <br /> The PeOPle: Te heroes of the event were not only the designers who dressed the evergreen trees for auction, but also Dr. Aziza Shad, director of Georgetown University Hospital’s pediatric oncology programs, and the 2010 Patient Ambassadors.<br /> <br /> BeSt in ShOw: One young cancer patient addressed the crowd with her advice to “open your hearts and your wallets.” Te event raised over $350,000 for the cause.<br /> <br /> –Lauren Marie Pritchard<br /> <br /> wAlK the line<br /> <br /> The Party: Penn Quarter welcomed the opening of the 9,000 square foot, teched-out, gastrolounge Redline. Te crowd cheered for never-ending, on-table beer taps, as well as the myriad sporting events running on the tens of HD TV screens.<br /> <br /> The PeoPle: Among District denizens and cool commuters, DC Councilmember Jack Evans and his Chief of Staff Schannette Grant sampled Redline’s sips, bits and bites, such as tuna tartar spring rolls and mango coconut cheesecake.<br /> <br /> BeSt in Show: Chef Fabrice Reymond pulled-off a freestyle break dance performance that fired up the crowd shortly before announcing “last call.” –Erin Spencer<br /> <br /> Ruff Life!<br /> <br /> The PaRTy: Hudson Lounge and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue jumped at the chance to wine, dine and raise money for animals in need.<br /> <br /> The PeT LoveRs: Chairs Sara Trab Nielsen and Mirah Horowitz hosted the sold-out cocktail reception and four-course feast. Scott Plank, VP of Under Armour, and Tara de Nicolas of Fashion for Paws fame, were on hand to cuddle up to a few of the shaggiest guests.<br /> <br /> BesT iN show: Autographed items by rock band Secondhand Serenade and Washington Capitals star Nicklas Bäckström were auctioned off. A total of $4,200 was donated to the rescue organization. –Erin Spencer<br /> <br /> SunShine State<br /> <br /> The party: Washington art aficionados got a taste of retro-chic Miami Beach at the art deco Deuville Hotel. Guests and collectors, many visiting from DC, toasted the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s second year with the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) at the opening of dynamic display space, Salon Corcoran.<br /> <br /> The playerS: Four Corcoran college alumi—Marc Ross, Chandi Kelley, Kate Hardy and Akemi Maegawa—displayed their contempory work.<br /> <br /> BeSt in ShOW: Chambord and champagne cocktails made the exuberant crowd all the more bubbly. –Lauren Marie Pritchard<br /> <br /> ImPeccaBle tImIng<br /> <br /> THe PaRty: DC fashionistas arrived promptly at Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria to peruse the unveiling of the much-anticipated new Christian Dior timepiece collection.<br /> <br /> THe PeoPle: Artist Drew Nussbaum showcased 12 pieces of his own contemporary art, while DJ Anthony pumped up the party with an electrohouse music mix.<br /> <br /> Best In sHow: RSVP Catering went French in honor of the host with perfect macaroons and tipples of Veuve Clicquot. One wasn’t sure which masterpiece to look at first— those painted on the canvases or those clinging to their wrists. –Erin Spencer<br /> <br /> LocaL Gems<br /> <br /> The ParTy: Cartier of Chevy Chase treated VIP clients to an intimate Ridgewell’s dinner benefiting THEARC’s localized production of Te Nutcracker, an Americana version of the classic-set in DC.<br /> <br /> The PeoPLe: Cartier’s Fariba Jahanbani and Mirella Levinas hosted Raul and Jean-Marie Fernandez, who toasted community art projects and thanked notable guest Septime Webre for his continued commitment to Te Washington Ballet programs.<br /> <br /> BesT in show: Patrons were presented with a limited edition Cartier stationery set, specially designed as an homage to the District. –Erin Spencer<br /> <br /> You Betcha!<br /> <br /> The PartY: Perhaps calculating doesn’t quite capture it, but Te Kennedy Center couldn’t have picked a smarter honoree than Tina Fey for its 2010 Mark Twain Prize for Humor. The event, that included a White House administration-studded dinner beforehand, raised more money for the performing arts center than any other before it: $1.3 million.<br /> <br /> The PeoPle: Harry Reid and David Axelrod were just a few of those laughing away the pain of the previous week’s election results.<br /> <br /> Best in show: Fey brought a Life Magazine cover to the stage of her and John McCain taken in 2004, taking responsibility for the “whole Sarah Palin thing.” –K.S.S.<br /> <br /> Birthday Bling<br /> <br /> The Party: Tiny Jewel Box opened its three-story, iced-out, jewelry haven to 80 treasured patrons for an after-hours cocktail celebration of the store’s eight decades in Washington.<br /> <br /> The PeoPle: Representatives for designers such as David Yurman, Mark Patterson and Bedat Watches mingled and offered up guests a sparkling preview of their newest collections.<br /> <br /> Best in show: Bravo’s Top Chef All-Star Carla Hall served up her latest as well, a new line of decadent petite cookies, which were somehow just as stylish as the baubles on offer. –Erin Spencer<br /> <br /> ReTail TheRapy<br /> <br /> The Cause: Over 100 of the District’s boldface names gathered at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.<br /> <br /> The people: Terri Carr chaired the fashionable benefit featuring the spring La Via 18 runway show. Te event brought out even some formerly unknown fashion-philes such as T. Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas.<br /> <br /> BesT in sHow: Te luxurious event raised $50,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is in addition to the funds raised for the hospital through the co-branded line of stylish edible treats.<br /> <br /> –Erin Spencer<br /> <br /> Handcrafted Help<br /> <br /> THe party: In a rare trunk show of accessories not normally found at Saks Fifth Avenue, the non-profit Vital Voices displayed stylish goods from the org’s Entrepreneur in Handcrafts program. It didn’t hurt that VV board member Diane Von Furstenberg had featured the pieces by Kenyan & Zulu artisans in her Spring 2011 runway show.<br /> <br /> THe people: President and CEO Alyse Nelson took the opportunity to discuss the NGO’s mission to end human trafficking and violence against women, while cofounder Mary Yerrick highlighted efforts to economically advance women artisans in Tunisia as well. –Erin Spencer<br /> <br /> Doctor’s orDers<br /> <br /> The Party: More than 400 Washingtonians, including artists and gallerists, gathered for Whitman Walker’s Warehouse party at hipster bar Te Passenger to browse and buy over 100 donated works.<br /> <br /> The PeoPle: Political heavy-hitters including host Robert Raben, Rob Shapiro and Hillary Clinton’s former Chief of Staff Tamera Luzzatto partied with DC’s art elite such as Connor Contemporary’s Leigh Connor and Civilian Arts Project’s Jayme McLellan.<br /> <br /> Best in show: Perhaps the event’s signature blood orange ARTini helped—or more likely the art was just that good; the event raised $130,000 for Whitman Walker Clinics.<br /> <br /> –Lauren Marie Pritchard<br /> <br /> Horsing ArounD<br /> <br /> The people: Te Washington International Horse Show brought its star-studded competition to DC once again, making it the 52nd annual show in the District. Te haute horses and riders galloped for a good cause as the Qatar Airways-sponsored event raised over $185,000.<br /> <br /> The plAyers: CEO and President of WIHS Eric Straus and Juliet W. Reid, respectively, presided over the equestrian extravaganza alongside Chairman Gregory Gingery. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina and Lou Dobb’s daughter Hillary competed.<br /> <br /> BesT in sHow: Police nibbled on apples alongside their crimefighting stallions at the Breakfast with Mounted Police Horses. –Erin Spencer<br /> <br /> Mad for Mizrahi<br /> <br /> ThE ParTy: DC’s most fashionable feted Isaac Mizrahi at Saks Jandel for an exclusive Spring 2011 runway show. A portion of proceeds from the annual spring luncheon went to the Sasha Bruce Foundation, an outpost for under-served youth.<br /> <br /> ThE PeoPLE: Deborah Shore, executive director and founder of the foundation, joined Saks Jandel President Peter Marks and Real Housewives of DC’s Lynda Erkiletian front row, while Kate Michael of K Street Kate worked the runway.<br /> <br /> BEST in Show: Mizrahi’s sequin-heavy pants and dresses added much flash and dash to the cold winter day.<br /> <br /> –Meredith C. Fineman<br /> <br /> Fit to bE tiED<br /> <br /> THE Party: Southern fashion blogger turned designer K. Cooper Ray debuted his new line of reversible bow ties, Social Primer for Brooks Brothers, to over 200 guests at the store’s dandified downtown outpost.Home to lobbyists the town over, DC’s bright, young things flocked.<br /> <br /> THE PeoPLE: FOCUS founder Malcolm Peabody, writer and producer Walker Lamond and RepEquity CEO Tripp Donnelly sidled up to Ray to hear quips and quotes on the former VP of Bottega Veneta’s favorite topic: gentlemanly etiquette, or “how to handle your liquor.” <br /> <br /> bEst in sHoW: Knots were loosened once the live band started playing swing music and the “Bow-Ti-Ni” cocktails started flowing. –Evan Schwartz

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