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Global Virus Network’s ‘Annual Fundraising Event’ At Cafe Milano


Dr. Robert Gallo speaking at Cafe Milano. Courtesy of Collin Weinberger.

With the announcement of TIME Magazine‘s Person of the Year honor going to ’Ebola Fighters’ (justly beating out another global parasite, Vladimir Putin), virologists are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve.

Last night at the “Annual Fundraising Event” for the Global Virus Network (GVN), an intimate gathering of top scientists, humanitarians, lawyers, and businesspeople met to discuss current and future responses to global epidemics like ebola.

Hosted at the Georgetown landmark, Cafe Milano, by the restaurant’s owner and member of the GVN Board of Directors Franco Nuschese, the evening was lovely even with its more serious tone – filled with delicious food and superb Italian wine (per usual for Cafe Milano).

Speeches from GVN President, Dr. Sharon Hrynkow, GVN Co-Founder & Scientific Director, Dr. Robert GalloTimothy Moynahan, Chairman of GVN Board of Directors, and one of GVN’s leading Ebola scientists, Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire, all highlighted the themes of the night: diligence and vigilance — by continuing the fight against epidemics at their source and maintaining a high level of preparedness.  For GVN, preparedness means making sure that great virologists are in place in every country, since no one knows where or when the next outbreak of a major viral killer will occur.

The importance of their work cannot be emphasized enough. It was an honor to attend.

For more information on the Global Virus Network, go to their website at

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Haddad White House Correspondents Brunch: “Best Yet”

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L: CNN’s Jill Chappell chats up Chase Crawford. R: Politico of past, Yahoo writer Michael Calderone with girlfriend.

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NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber.

Everyone from the Jonas Brothers, Gayle King and Chase Crawford to FNC White House correspondent Major Garrett, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich and Politico’s former Michaels – Yahoo’s Michael Calderone and HuffPo’s Michael Falcone came out for Tammy Haddad’s annual White House Correspondents brunch on Saturday.

The event and the day couldn’t have been a lovelier way to celebrate causes CURE – Epilepsy and Mother’s Day Every Day. Co-hosted by Ted Greenberg, Hilary Rosen, David Adler, Jim Courtovich, Alex Castellanos, Debra Lee, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese, the fete was called the “best yet” by many brunch-goers.

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L: Tammy Haddad and Susan Axelrod take the stage. R: Story Partners’ Amos Snead and wife, Whitney Drew.

Media Meets Miss America @ Milano

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Glamour’s Linda Kramer Jenning, Reliable Source’s Amy Argetsinger, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, The Hill’s Emily Goodin, Politics Daily’s Annie Groer are a few of the names that joined Franco Nuschese and Tammy Haddad for a lunch with Miss America Caressa Cameron and Miss DC Jennifer Corey today at Cafe Milano.

Bubbly flowed while Haddad and friends shared stories of Miss Americas past, offered up pageant trivia and traded gossip from Kitty Kelley‘s new Oprah biography (okay, maybe that part was me). Just before dessert, Nuschese presented Cameron, who intends to pursue a career in media, with a Miss America sculpture made of chocolate.

Other notables in attendance included Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick, Verizon’s Edward Senn, Susan G. Komen’s Pam Stevens and Miss America Tour Manager Karen Nocella.

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Miss DC and more after the jump.

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