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Pierre Garçon’s Charity Event Raises $100k for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Redskins Niles Paul, Pierre Garçon and Kirk Cousins with DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Photo cred: Joy Asico.

Last night, Washington Redskins philanthropist Pierre Garçon hosted his second annual All-White charity event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) at the Millennium Building. Unfortunately for FishbowlDC, we missed the “All-White” memo and wore grey pants and a blue button down.

The event raised $100,000 for the charity, more than three times the amount of last year’s donation.

“I’ve been looking forward to this since last year’s inaugural event,” said Garçon during the event auction. ”This organization hits home for me, and I’m honored to consider the BGCGW family. Every penny counts, and I’m devoted to raising money for a cause that’s important to me – raising educated, smart and passionate kids…With your help, I hope to double the amount raised every year”

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DC Vote Hosts First Annual Three Star Ball

20140522_195451Last night overlooking the Capitol, DC Vote hosted its first annual Three Star Ball in honor of Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock of DC Brau Brewing Company and Nancy Bagley of Washington Life for their dedication to fulfilling the promise of democracy.

“More than half of all Americans don’t know DC residents are without equal voting rights,” said DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry, whom we chatted with last week in advance of last night’s ball. “So we have a lot of work to do. But, with the energy and passion of young people like you, we can spread the word and mobilize people to act.”

The organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress landed well-known Washingtonians to host the festivities, including José Andrés, Vinoda Basnayake, Dannia Hakki, Donald Sherman, Sarah Aburdeneh and Edward Smith.

After accepting the “Raising the Bar Award,” Skall explained atop the NAR Building, “If history has taught us anything, it is that these rights were given to us for good reason. When these rights are withheld without due process, we open the door to a very scary reality. It is time to shut that door.”

FishbowlDC Q&A with DC Vote’s Kimberly Perry


DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

National education and advocacy organization DC Vote will host its first annual Three Star Ball: Party With A Purpose next Thursday, May 22 on the National Association of Realtors rooftop. The event is in the name of Taxation Without Representation, a fight for voting rights in the District.

The evening will honor Nancy Bagley, editor in chief of Washington Life and president of the Arca Foundation, and the DC Brau Brewing Company. The ball’s host committee includes José Andrés, Vinoda Basnayake, Dannia HakkiDonald Sherman, Sarah Aburdeneh and Edward Smith.

FishbowlDC sat down with DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry for a Q&A in advance of next week’s event. Check it out, after the jump. And for tickets, click here. Read more

Capitol File Formally Welcomes Thorp and Jacobs at Eno

Tuesday night, Capitol File hosted a cocktail party to welcome two new-ish additions to the glossy, Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp and Publisher Suzy Jacobs. The evening took place at Eno, the also new-ish wine bar next to the Four Seasons in Georgetown. Fun people. Delicious food and drink. Great night.

Here’s how it went down.

603 - Step out of café tu-o-tu and immediately bump into Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki and Maha Hakki. Have been seeing a lot of them lately. Super sweet.

605 - Walk into Eno. Immediately offered champagne. Why not?

6:10 - Assess the situation. This place is awesome. How have I not heard of it? Beautiful exposed brick. A chandelier made out of a wine barrel. Contemporary yet comfortable furniture. What’s not to love?

618 - Staff offers to refill my champers. I’m 3 sips in and good for now.

20140408_1817236:22 - Make my way upstairs, to no joke, the most delicious charcuterie spread I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

6:31 - Introduced to the Four Seasons’ Director of PR, Liliana Baldassari. Probably a good person to know.

7:17 - Welcome my third glass of champers over conversation with Associate Publisher Meredith Merrill. Congratulate her on a successful event. I’d say there’s a good 75 people who have walked through the doors to welcome Thorp and Jacobs.

20140408_2027567:46 - Finally meet Suzy after completely forgetting that this was a party to welcome her and Elizabeth.

8:01 - Depart for the Internet Association Gala After Party at Carnegie Library. Post TK.

In attendance: Capitol File’s Elizabeth Thorp, Suzy Jacobs, Laura Mullen, and Amy Moueller; Almus Thorp; CNN’s Edie Emery; Danielle Tergis; Revamp’s Daniel Swartz; Todd Flournoy; Alfredo Flores; the Four Seasons’ Liliana Baldassari; Dannia Hakki; and Maha Hakki.

Daily Grill: New Drinks, New Food and a Recently Robbed Reporter

After a brief national scare this week, it turns out the U.S. won’t be affected by a global shortage of bacon. That’s good news for the Daily Grill at 18th and M st. in Dupont.

After a three-week hiatus, The restaurant’s bar reopened last night and members of the media were invited to see its new look and try the new happy hour specials. Two of the new menu items, the Capitol Dog and the Crab Cake BLT, are heavy on the bacon.

Along with new food and beers on the menu, the bar was gutted and revamped with new seats, TVs and light fixtures. Here’s how the night went:

We met Carl…

Sitting with the rest of the media who attended was Carl Pierre. He writes for, a startup about startups and the social scene in D.C. “You forget how much you actually use your phone until you don’t have one,” Pierre said unprompted as he watched another guest type on her phone. It turns out Pierre was without a phone last night because he had recently been robbed at H Street Country Club in NE, D.C. He had placed his wallet/phone holder on a table. Inside was $200 cash, his credit cards and his iPhone 4S. He turned away for a flash and it was gone. Pierre used a GPS app on his friend’s phone to locate his. He saw it moving and he followed it a few blocks before approaching “a bad neighborhood.” He gave up on the chase and has resigned to purchasing the iPhone 5.

More on the food, drinks and who showed up…

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CLOONEY ARRIVES: Washington’s favorite paparazzi journo Colin Drummond captures George Clooney arriving at Union Station last night. See more at

Chuck Todd’s mea culpa

“Look I apologize. Someone was talking in my ear in the middle of your question. I’ll admit that. Hit me one more time.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd to Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC last night. O’Donnell had asked, “What’s in it for Rick Santorum in Mississippi?”

Journo gets accused of being hateful

“So far tonight I have been told that I hate Santorum, I hate Romney, I hate Gingrich and I hate Ron Paul.” — Cox Radio Congressional Correspondent Jamie Dupree.

Reporter witnesses wallet snatching on Metro

“Just witnessed thieve [sic] steal young woman’s wallet in foggy bottom metro station. Cop didn’t show up til too late. #Obamaeconomy #holderdoj” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle.

From CNN Wolf Blitzer’s fan club…

“I love when Wolf Blitzer gives us a ‘Significant major major development’ – it’s so exciting! #elections” –  DC Grrl. She works in WaPo‘s marketing department.

Henry Vomit

“Shep had some fun w/Campaign Carl during a live shot by claiming Mitt Romney — standing behind Carl — was wearing ‘Mom jeans’ — FNC family member and Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Conservative blogger obnoxiously baits the first lady

“I was raised on down home food — meat, greens, beans, yams, biscuits, etc. — and still still skinny. My health secret? MARLBOROS, baby. My skinny kids eat Mickey D’s. Does the First Lady have a problem with that?” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain as classy as ever.

A Clint Eastwood reality show? Ugh

“Say it ain’t so, Clint. Say it ain’t so.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in reaction to Clint Eastwood getting a reality TV show.

Blogger gets migraine

“Ick, migraine’s here. Haven’t had one like this in a really long time. Again, ick.” — DCGOPGirl.

Train ride from hell

“Of course I’m in the @amtrak car with the loudest squeaking chairs ever and the crying babies. and train is sold out. #goodtimes.” — Publicist extraordinaire Dannia Hakki who put on the FBDC party at The Lost Society. ABC7′s Stephen Tschida is having flashbacks just reading this.

Fish Poll Results: Yesterday we asked readers what they thought of “Game Change.” We learned that 32.88 percent of you “loved it,” found it “fair to everyone” and agree that it “accurately portrayed the book.” Interestingly, 26.03 percent “hated it” and thought it inaccurately portrayed the book and another 26.03 percent of you “haven’t read the book” but nonetheless liked the movie.

D.C. Real Housewives Party Boasts Drag Queens

Bravo-lebrities (the term for people who wouldn’t be considered celebrities without Bravo putting them on TV) invaded Eden tonight in Northwest D.C. to celebrate the launch of Real Housewife of D.C. Cat Ommanney‘s new book, “Inbox Full.”

Fellow cast members Stacie Scott Turner and Mary Schmidt Amons showed up with their husbands, as did honorary housewife and D.C. stylist Paul Wharton. Lizard Lady Lynda Erkiletian was a no-show, but instead sent her boyfriend, Ebong Eka. Unless, of course, she was slithering around the club, hiding in the shadows.

Amons had three midget-sized ladies who followed her around for much of the evening. She looks six feet tall, so possibly her height dwarfed them. In any case, they finally left her side to get drinks. At which point, another woman swooped in for a picture, but hysteria ensued as her friend dropped the camera and then her drink, which spilled all over the camera. No picture for them.

While the midget trio was distracted, FishbowlDC snagged an interview. Amons said she’d read “Inbox Full” and loved it, and was especially looking forward Cat’s next book, which was written during filming of the show. The cast hasn’t heard about a possible season two of “Real Housewives,” but Amons said their contracts are almost up. Asked if she’d do a second season, she said she’d “consider it.”

What’s a party without drag queens? Four of them. Their attendance was inexplicable. Photographers loved them so much that Ommanney eventually took a microphone and said, “Well, excuse me, it’s my party…Love you drag queens, but it’s my party.” That sassy, sassy Brit.

Just before the book signing, Moki Media co-founder Dannia Hakki took the stage to introduce local Fox reporter Will Thomas, who then introduced Ommanney, who then introduced her father, who then turned the mic over to Wharton, who then promised a lap dance to anyone who bought five copies of “Inbox Full.” And then I left.

Topics of conversation at Eden included Charlie Sheen, Michaele Salahi and her failure to crash this party, and a whole lot of conversations that went: “Nice to meet you!” “No, it’s nice to meet YOU!”

Sadly, the Salahis didn’t make it. They weren’t invited, but as Washington well knows, that’s  never stopped them before.

THE WIVES: Mary, Cat and Stacie. Want more? See the drag queens after the jump…

Photographs (minus the book cover) by Dave Phillipich

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MoKi Media Launch Fete

Dannia Hakki and Sherry Moeller.jpg Former Cap File EIC, Sherry Moeller and Dannia Hakki celebrated the official launch of their new public relations firm, MoKi Media ( last week. Plenty of local media mavens and some of MoKi’s high-profile clientele joined the duo at Bethesda’s Lebanese Taverna to toast their new company. Notable guests included R&B artist Ginuwine, jazz musician Marcus Johnson, and WUSA9 anchors Angie Goff and Andrea Roane. Congratulations ladies!

-Post by FBDC contributor Ashley Estill

Moeller Launches PR Firm

We told you that there were rumblings of former Cap File EIC Sherry Moeller forming a PR agency and now it’s official. Moeller and Dannia Hakki have combined forces to start, MoKi Media.

What’s Moki? MO for Moeller and KI for Hakki – a combination of their last names.

Congrats ladies.