Riley-July 2011

As I am running over two years behind on posting to this site, I am tempted to skip postings I should have made.  However, I will not.  There are several important events that should be documented here.  Once, if I catch up, more current postings will resume.

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Laura and Matthew 2010

As I am running over two years behind on posting to this site, I am tempted to skip postings I should have made.  However, I will not.  There are several important events that should be documented here.  Once, if I catch up, more current postings will resume.

Laura and Matthew were married at the lovely Virginia Cliffe Inn outside of Richmond, VA in October of 2010.  The weather equalled the beauty of my two friends.

Everybody Wins! DC Gala 2010

Everybody Wins! DC held their 2010 Gala at the Washington Capital Hilton on March 09, 2010.  The event, as always, was well attended, showing the commitment that so many people have to this fabulous organization.

Vinny Hughes, Operations Manager for Everybody Wins! DC is picutred with Quin Woodward Pu, publisher of the news blog the Little Black Blog, and Amanda Holcomb.

Norah O’Donnell was the emcee for the awards and silent auction.

Mary Salander, Executive Director of Everybody Wins! DC, welcomed the guests to dinner and the awards ceremony.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan received a special introduction by a fifth grade student from Key Elementary.

Members of the Thomson Elementary Choir sang beautifully.

General Lyles presented the Minnon Friedman Mentor of the Year Award to Gerry Lamb shown with his mentee from Tyler Elementary School.

A student from Brent Elementary introduced her mentor Vicki Kennedy.

Mrs. Kennedy introduced and presented awards to Congressman Moran and Senator Harkin.

Senator Harking presented awards to representatives from Kirkland & Ellis, General Dynamics, and Verizon in recognition of their generous support of Everybody Wins! DC.

If you have a schedule that allows you to participate as a mentor with Everybody Wins!, I encourage you to get in touch with them.  They are a fabulous organization doing crucial work with children.

Everybody Wins! DC Gala 2009

Everybody Wins! DC, my favorite non-profit, held their 14th annual gala in March at the Washington Hilton.  Everybody Wins! DC attracts a dedicated legion of volunteers and supporters, many of whom spend their lunch hours reading to students in DC Public Schools.  Highlights of the evening included a silent auction and dinner, a live auction led by Bob Levey, a welcome by Executive Director of Everybody Wins! DC, Mary Salander, remarks by General Colin Powell, USA (ret.), a speech by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and award presentations by United States Senator Tom Harkin and United States Congressman Jim Moran.  What follow are a few of my favorite photographs of the evening.

Students from Brent Elementary Student Choir provided fabulous entertainment during a portion of the evening.

I want to thank Operations Manager Vinny Hughes for inviting me back to photograph the event and Leigh Chowdhary, Program Manager, for her assistance.  I look forward to the 2010 gala and encourage everyone to consider how they can support EveryBody Wins! DC’s efforts to build literacy within our schools.  Please visit Everybody Wins! DC’s webpage for more about the gala and their programs.

Bar Mitzvah Washington Hebrew Congregation

While Valentine’s Day is popularly associated with romantic love, I spent February 14th photographing Connor, his wonderful family and his good friends, who turned out to observe and celebrate his Bar Mitzvah.  The bond of love within Connor’s family is so evident that I could feel it.  I hope these images capture the mutual pride and love that I witnessed all day between Connor and his family.

 

Connor with his grandparents:

Connor and his grandmother:

In the evening Connor, his friends, and family celebrated and danced at the Copley Formal Lounge on the campus of Georgetown University.

Connor and his grandfather delivered the blessing:

I thank Connor and his family for allowing me the privilege of sharing this special day with them.

Dog Pub

In July the good folks at Dog Pub asked me to make some photographs of their two pubs in Baltimore and Columbia, MD as well as their brewery in Westminster, MD.  They are going to be enhancing their promotional materials and wanted some new photographs.   You can find the original Dog Pub location in Baltimore’s Federal Hill area.  The pub has tremendous charm.  Here a few of my favorites from the day:

  

My favorite location in the Federal Hill Dog Pub is the third floor.  What a great place to hang out with friends.

The Columbia location features the same great menu and beer with the added option of eating outside with your canine friends.  It is Dog Pub after all!

The Dog Pub staff are friendly as are the patrons.

In addition to the menu of delicious pizzas and salads, the highlight of Dog Pub for me is the beer.  They brew several varieties at their brewery in Westminster.

 

The next time you are in Columbia or the Federal Hill area of Baltimore, you should stop in to meet the great folks at Dog Pub and enjoy some delicious food, drink and conversation.  I recommend you try the Hoppy Dog beer along with an appetizer of fresh Mozzarella.