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FILM CRITIC CIRCLE AWARDS IN NEW YORK

JANUARY 2016
KRISTEN STEWART, JULIANNE MOORE, MICHAEL KEATON AND OTHER CELEBS ARE AWARDED AT THE NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS.

The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) is an American film critic organization founded in 1935. Its membership includes over 30 film critics from New York-based daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, online publications. Each year the organization meets to vote on the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide of the calendar year. The NYFCC also gives special stand-alone awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the art of cinema, including writers, directors, producers, film critics, film restorers, historians and service organizations. The NYFCC Awards are the oldest given by film critics in the country, and one of the most prestigious.

This year Kristen Stewart and Michael Keaton were two of the favorites at the NYFCC.   Gedalia and Daya

VIOLA DAVIS IS HONORED WITH A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

JANUARY 2017

Viola Davis known as a producer and actress began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the films Kate & Leopold (2001) and Far from Heaven (2002), and the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2001, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the original production of King Hedley II.

Davis' film breakthrough came in 2008 when her supporting role in the drama Doubt earned her several nominations, including the Golden Globe, SAG, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She received nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and the Academy Award for Best Actress, and won a SAG Award.  From 2014 onward, Davis began starring as the lawyer Annalise Keating on the ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015 she became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The role also won her two SAG Awards in 2015 and 2016. In 2012, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions. 

HEART 2 HEART GALA

FEBRUARY 2016

The star-powered Heart 2 Heart Gala has become a premier annual charity event for Youth For Tomorrow over the last several years. This year the event featured the highly acclaimed country music star, Martina McBride – a Grand Ole Opry member, and twice chosen as the Country Music Awards Winner as the Best Female Vocalist of the year!

The Heart 2 Heart Gala directly contributes to the Youth For Tomorrow programs and services provided to the at-risk boys and girls we serve. YFT helps to rescue and restore children’s lives through residential care, education and counseling services. YFT impacted the lives of 4,450 children and their families last year alone! Youth For Tomorrow’s Founder and Chairman Joe Gibbs has never turned away a young person who needs a safe place to go.  The mission of Youth For Tomorrow is to provide children and families with the opportunity to focus their lives and develop the confidence, skills, intellectual ability, spiritual insight and moral integrity - each based on Godly principles, resulting in positive changes to the benefit of the child, the family, the community, and the nation. - Gedalia 

CITI OPEN BAR TENDER CHALLENGE

AUGUST 2015

Citi Open and Grand Marnier hosted a Bar Tender Challenge for ticketed and VIP guests while a match was happening at the grand stand between Berankis and Isner. Guests enjoyed various lichor combinations from local bars and restaurants such as Bar Pilar, Taco Bamba, Denson DC and other bars in the Washington DC Area plus a bufffet of various delights and desserts.

We also joined other events at various suites during the Citi Open experience. The Washington Open (currently sponsored by Citi bank) is a joint professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts, and held annually in late July or early August at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., United States. 

Gedalia Vera

SWEETHEARTS & PATRIOTS

JANUARY 2016

Sweethearts and Patriots is an annual gala co-hosted by young professional members of the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and young members of the District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution. Each year, the patriotic black-tie gala benefits a different local organization that supports our nation's military, veterans, and military families. Guests enjoyed a reception, auction and party with music and a live band at the glamorous and private social club located in the heart of Georgetown The City Tavern Club.

The 2016 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala benefited the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. USO-Metro is the largest center chartered by USO with ten locations and a "deployable" Mobile USO that provide signature USO services to the nearly 300,000 military members and their families living in the region and the 150,000 who travel through our local airports. USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to "serving those who serve, and their families" in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals, six USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and a Mobile USO.       Gedalia

BET HONORS WITH ARSENIO HALL

MARCH 2016

We got an Inside Look into the 2016 BET Honors held in Washington, DC at the Warner Theater. This year Actor and Comedian Arsenio Hall graced us with his presence by hosting the evening and entertaining guests throughout the night.
This powerful and inspirational event aims the spotlight on the achievements of distinguished leaders in the fields of music, education, entertainment, technology and business. Each year, BET Honors is one of the most moving experiences and television specials on BET Networks. Proceeds from the private sale of BET Honors 2016 benefit the My Brother's Keeper Alliance. Launched in 2015, My Brother's Keeper Alliance was created to help eliminate gaps in opportunity and achievement for boys and young men of color.  Celebrating its ninth year, BET Honors celebrates and recognizes the gifts and contributions of five African American exceptional leaders.

The BET Honors 2016 honorees:
Lee Daniels, Televison and Film Award
Mellody Hobson, Corporate Citizen Award
Eric H. Holder, Jr., Public Service Award
Patti Labelle, Musical Arts Award
L.A. Reid, The Business of Entertainment Award
The after party was held at the National Portrait Gallery.
Gedalia Vera

HOUSE OF CARDS DC PREMIERE

FEBRUARY 2016

The cast of “House of Cards” held a premiere screening of the show’s 4th season at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. Season three concluded with President Frank Underwood’s marriage falling apart as his campaign for the White House heated up. Spacey, who is also an executive producer of show, said there are times when he wonders if they went too far. "We don't think so Kevin". Plus he told our reporter that he wants to be known as an actor not a celebrity.

The politicos, besides Spacey, walking the red carpet were Elizabeth Marvel, who plays Underwood’s political rival Heather Dunbar Jayne Atkinson, who plays Secretary of State Catherine Durant. Nathan Darrow who plays a secret service agent, Underwood’s confidant Edward Meechum and Paul Sparks, who commands the role as Underwood’s biography author Thomas Yates. Actress Neve Campbell is new to the show this season, Mahershala Ali, who plays lobbyist-turned-Chief-of-Staff Remy Danton.  Gedalia Vera 

CITI OPEN WINNERS!

AUGUST 2015
Kei Nishikori 25 year old Japanese Professional Player wins Citi Open 2015 He is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 10 in ATP Singles Ranking.  The Bryan Brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, U.S. professional doubles tennis players win men doubles, Sloane Stephens from the U.S. wins women’s singles she is an American tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 34 by the Women's Tennis Association and Belinda Bencic from Swisstzerland and Kristina Mladenovic from France win women’s doubles at Citi Open in Washington, DC.

In July of 1969, the inaugural tournament became one of the first open professional tennis tournaments held in the United States. The Citi Open, formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, has since been part of some of the most innovative changes in tennis.  The event was part of the ATP World Tour 500 series of the 2015 ATP World Tour, and of the WTA International tournaments of the 2015 WTA Tour. It takes place at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington, D.C. A portion of the proceeds from the Citi Open benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). The WTEF seeks to improve the life prospects for DC area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through tennis, educational and community-based activities that teach discipline, build self-esteem and improve academic performance.    Gedalia 

AFFAIR OF THE HEART

FEBRUARY 2016

This much anticipated luncheon is one oldest continous fundraising events of any nationally recognized non-profit groups. An Affair of the Heart raises over $300,000 each year; thanks to more than one thousand guests in attendance and the generous support of corporate sponsors. The Women's Board remains committed to increasing awareness of cardiovascular health issues and funding research in order to reduce disability and death from the #1 killer of all women.

In 1948 Jocelyn Moran asked Nancy Clagett to help her with a luncheon to benefit the American Heart Association. The Women's Board of the American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region supports the AHA's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke through the funds raised by the annual An Affair of the Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show. These funds are allocated to seven research grants to develop new and innovative technologies to combat heart diseases and stroke.  Gedalia

INSIDE LOOK INTO THE GOLDEN GLOBES 2017

JANUARY 2017

INSIDE LOOK INTO THE GOLDEN GLOBES IN HOLLYWOOD.

Chris Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Naomi Campbell, Gael Garcia, Diego Luna, Anna Kendrick, Viola Davis, Sarah Paulson, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carrell and other celebs were present at the first award ceremony of the year the Golden Globes.  The 74th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and American television of 2016 and was broadcast live on January 8, 2017 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Actor and talk-show host Jimmy Fallon was the host at last nights ceremony and actress Meryl Streep was honored as the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.

La La Land won all seven awards it was nominated for, becoming the most winning film in Golden Globe Awards history and seventh over all to win each award, including Best Director, Best Screenplay for Damien Chazelle and Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.  Gedalia Vera

PRE GOLDEN GLOBES ART FOR AMNESTY PARTY

JANUARY 2016
AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE PRE GOLDEN GLOBES ART FOR AMNESTY BRUNCH PARTY WITH TORY KELLY, NICK CANNON, JEFF SKOLL, B. VOZEMAN, ROB MORROW, ANDRA DAY AND OTHER CELEBS.

Celebs attend the Art for Amnesty Brunch during the Golden Globes weekend. This event is one of the most high profile events in Hollywood.

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are funded by members, celebs and supporters. The organization is independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion.

Gedalia and Daya Hollywood, CA

OSCARS WEINSTEIN & WIF PRE-PARTY

FEBRUARY 2016

IT'S OSCAR SUNDAY!
We caught the beautiful pregnant Chrissy Teigen out last night with hubby John Legend at the Weinstein Pre-Oscars Party in Hollywood. Chrissy the current co-host of Lip Sync Battle with LL Cool J on Spike TV told us how happy and excited she is to be pregnant. Currently Chrissy released a book "Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat". Look for the couple tonight at the Oscars.

Daya and Gedalia

UNTIMATE NEW YEARS CELEBRATION

DECEMBER 31 2016-JANUARY 1, 2017

Over 3000 people joined DCBX and Padrino Productions to celebrate 2017 at the Double Tree Hotel in Arlington, VA. Guests enjoyed various performances by Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha performers as well as 6 ballrooms to choose from with the best DJs and Entertainment! to ring in the New Year guests celebrated with a champagne Toast and LED party favors and a live broadcast of our other Sister City Ultimate NYE Parties in NY, Chicago, and Florida.

Gedalia

NBC UNIVERSAL PRESS TOUR  AND
THE SHADES OF BLUE CAST

JANUARY 2016

WE CAUGHT RAY LIOTTA AND JENNIFER LOPEZ AT THE NBC UNIVERSAL WINTER PRESS TOUR PROMOTING SHADES OF BLUE.

Jennifer Lopez stars as New York detective Harlee Santos, a single mother who runs with a group of dirty cops, taking her cut of the bribes and protection money to give her bright and promising daughter the best life possible and a leg up for a better future. However, all good things must come to an end and she is caught by the FBI, which forces her to turn informant on her cop family. Harlee struggles to walk a line between loyalty, honor and betrayal, all the while working to keep everything together for her daughter.

Daya ( New York)  and Gedalia 

GOLDEN GLOBES RED CARPET & AWARDS 

JANUARY 2016
TARAJI HENSON, SYLVESTER STALLONE, CHRISTIAN SLATER, LADY GAGA, GAEL GARCIA BERNAL, KATIE PERRY, DENZEL WASHINGTON JOIN HOST RICKY GERVAIS AT THE 73RD ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS.

The press room was filled with celebs and reporters from all over the world for the Golden Globes Awards. The Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and the dinner at which the awards are presented are a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.

Take a look at the Inside Look we got inside the press room with the winners of the night!     Daya (Hollywood) and Gedalia

HEROES GALA FOR CHILDREN'S NATIONAL

FEBRUARY 2016

Approximately 500 guests attend this inspirational evening of dinner and dancing benefiting Children's National Medical Center. The Heroes Gala has provided vital funds for pediatric cancer patient care and research at Children's national. The event has raised over $2.5 million since its inception. This year one of the heroes a child named Madeline was present at the even to tell her story. Madeline was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in December 2011 when she was eight years old. In June 2014 Madeline celebrated the end of chemotherapy and now she is on the swim team and has a new puppy.

The Children’s Research Institute at Children’s National has multiple laboratories that are advancing the understanding of causes and designing improved treatments for children. Children’s National has been named one of the top pediatric cancer programs in the country for the eighth year in a row. Children’s National is the only center in the greater DC area to be awarded this honor.   Gedalia 

LSF GALA 2016

MARCH 2016

The Latino Student Fund celebrated the 16th Annual Gala at the Organization of American States building in Washington DC. The Latino Student Fund. (LSF) mission is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for under-served PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent and to promote higher education and professional leadership.

The LSF was founded in 1994 to address the growing high school dropout rates among Latino students in Washington, DC. Over the years, they have continued to develop and expand their services to meet the evolving educational needs of the Latino community in the Greater Washington region. 
http://www.latinostudentfund.org/

Gedalia 
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BEST OF BALTIMORE

AUGUST 2015

One of the best events in Baltimore was hosted by Baltimore Magazine at the Hippodrome Theatre the Best of Baltimore Party. VIPs, Entrepenours and guests join in the fun this year with a vegas experience. Guests enjoyed Eats from dozens of the region’s "best" restaurants, Endless handcrafted cocktails, Live music from The Rockets & beats from DJ Kopec, giveaways by Cover Girl, Horseshoe Casino and other companies as well as lots and lots of food from various restaurants.  Baltimore magazine is an award-winning lifestyle publication that provides information that enriches the experience of living in or visiting.

A portion of the proceeds benefits The Family a Maryland's leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving our community by providing families with proven solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect. A national affiliate of Parents Anonymous, Prevent Child Abuse America, and The National Exchange Club Foundation, The Family Tree offers volunteer-supported programs and services that aide and educate individuals, families, and communities.   Gedalia 

BIG NIGHT DC CELEBRATING NEW YEARS

DECEMBER 2015 AND JANUARY 2016

 BIG NIGHT DC is one of the biggest events held New Years Eve. Over 10,000 people joined this year to bring in 2016 in style. We joined DJ Chris Styles on stage for the countdown plus an exclusive VIP champagne toast. People from all over the join Big Night DC which is held at the National Gaylord Hotel with FIFTEEN MASSIVE PARTY AREAS: DJ in the Main Ballroom & Stage, Band Stages, Ballroom Parties, Retro Ballroom (Best of 70's, 80's & 90's dance tunes), DC's Largest Dance Ballroom (The hottest dance music), Acoustic Lounge, Silent Disco, Dining Area, and Karoake Zone. One of the best VIP areas and lounges plus the best DJ's. Gedalia 

SIPS & SUPPERS 2016

JANUARY 2016

WE GOT AN INSIDE LOOK INTO SIPS & SUPPERS AND GOT TO TASTE FOOD, DESSERTS AND DRINKS FROM THE BEST RESTAURANTS, BARS AND CHEFS FROM DC.

Sips & Suppers is a major celebration of food and community in the Washington, DC metro area. Now in its eighth year, Sips & Suppers began in 2009 as the brainchild of Alice Waters to raise the awareness of homelessness and hunger in the nation’s capital and to promote efforts to develop sustainable and local solutions to these challenges.

The weekend supports the wonderful work of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, organizations that serve the neediest individuals in the nation’s capital. Since its inception, Sips & Suppers has raised over 1 million dollars in financing for the essential programs run by these organizations. The event is proudly hosted by celebrated chefs José Andrés, Joan Nathan & Alice Waters.  Gedalia

OSCAR FOR LEO IN HOLLYWOOD

FEBRUARY 2016

LEONARDO DICAPRIO TAKES THE GOLD AT THE OSCARS!

If you didn't get to watch the Academy Awards last night you missed a couple incredible moments. Chris Rock hosted the Oscars and raised more than $64,000 for the girls scouts by selling mint cookies to the celebs who were present.  Little Jacob Tremblay thanked Chris Rock on stage and said "Thanks, Chris! Loved you in Madagascar!" How adorable is that!

The moment that everyone was waiting for on social media and at home was the moment when Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for Best Male Actor for the movie "The Revenant". While ‪#‎OscarForLeo‬ was trending on social media Leo asked everyone watching to take care of our planet. Congrats Leo you deserve it!

Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname "Oscar".  Gedalia 

SXSW 2016

MARCH 2016

SXSW KICKS OFF WITH CELEBS AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

Southwest (SXSW) is an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. In 2011, the conference lasted for 10 days with SXSW Interactive lasting for 5 days, Music for 6 days, and Film running concurrently for 9 days.

This year the event expects over 1 Million people in attendance plus celebs, politicians and your favorite TV Personalities.

Gedalia 
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WASHINGTON, DC HEART BALL

FEBRUARY 2016

18th Annual Greater Washington Region Heart Ball is a premier society event in the Greater Washington region (GWR), an elegant black-tie celebration of the life-saving work of the American Heart Association (AHA), The event brings together more than 500 of the region's most prominent medical, corporate, and community leaders, Last year, the DC Heart Ball raised over $1.18 million to support their mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This year the Ball was hosted by 2016 Chair, Rob Franklin, Cofounder of Morgan Franklin Consulting. The theme of the night is Lights, Camera, Take Action! The evening included a live and silent auction, dinner, dancing and this year’s Open Your Heart honoree, Lily Grace Rancourt.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were considered to be doomed to complete bed rest – or worse. But a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way.Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, The organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.  Gedalia

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE CEREMONY IN WASHINGTON DC

DECEMBER 2015


CELEBRITIES CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

BREWER'S BALL 2016

MARCH 2016

The 12th Annual Brewer’s Ball Presented by matchboxfoodgroup and Anheuser-Busch has earned its reputation as the nonprofit beer and food event in DC, hosting over 35 of the region’s best craft breweries and 30 popular DC restaurants. Guests mix and mingle, while sampling handcrafted beers, tastes of the best local cuisine, and more. Guests can boogie on the dance floor featuring live entertainment, or bid on unique silent and live auction items as well as enjoy hand-crafted brews and signature samplings from the hottest eateries in DC.

The CF Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. They take great pride in being one of the most efficient and effective organizations and are careful stewards of every dollar raised in support of their mission. Their goal is to invest in promising CF research to develop a robust pipeline of potential therapies that target the disease from every angle.

Recently, drug discovery and development programs have yielded drugs that have changed the course of cystic fibrosis. For the first time there are two FDA-approved therapies, Kalyedco and Orkambi, which treat not just the symptoms of the disease but the underlying genetic defect for a small percentage of the population.    Gedalia Vera

BASKETBALL GALA FOR CHILDREN'S CHARITIES

DECEMBER 2015
Children's Charities Foundation Presented the Annual BB&T Classic Tournament and it was hosted at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The BasketBALL Gala is a black-tie event attended by representatives of the BB&T Classic Tournament teams, their coaches, other sports figures, and business and community leaders.
Former US Ambassador, Peter Teeley, and a group of Washington-area business and professional leaders founded the Children’s Charities Foundation in 1994. There is an acute need to raise money for disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Children’s Charities Foundation has distributed nearly $9.5 million to charities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area including the District of Columbia; Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; Fairfax and Arlington Counties in Virginia; and the City of Alexandria.
The Children’s Charities Foundation funds nonprofit organizations that support these disadvantaged and at-risk children by strengthening their health and welfare, supporting strong and cohesive families, and assisting educational and recreational programs.    Gedalia 

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