Posts Tagged ‘gala’

Join us: Red, Heart & Soul Gala

Once again.. I’m happy to be part of Devotion to Children’s annual RED, HEART & SOUL Fall Gala Benefit. The event takes place Tuesday, November 12, at The Ritz Carlton of Tyson’s Corner.

RED, HEART & SOUL is the culmination of DTC’s year-long efforts to raise funds and create awareness for its programs and initiatives, which supports quality childcare and preschool programs for young children from deserving economically challenged families.

Attire will be red – a RED, HEART & SOUL tradition – or black tie optional.

DTC’s largest annual fundraiser has matured from a small dinner gathering at Tran Lauer’s home in 2002, which brought in just over $3,000, to a major charity event, with this year’s Gala being held at the Ritz Carlton of Tyson’s Corner. Last year’s Gala raised more than $100,000, and welcomed over 400 guests.

Tickets are available to the public for $250 each by calling DTC at 703-255-2284 or through the DTC web site at For information regarding corporate and media sponsorship packages, please contact Ban Tran at or Rosemary Tran Lauer at

Gala: Celebrating US-Korea Partnership

I was honored to co-emcee with my Seoul sister Eun Yang the KEI 30th Anniversary Gala celebrating the Korea- United States parntership. Many Korean War veterans including  Rep. Charlie Rangel attended. Also in the crowd… several former Ambassadors to Korea. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak even sent a video message.  There were traditional drum and fan dance performances as well.

KEI hosted the gala. KEI works to broaden and deepen the understanding amongst Americans about developments in Korea and the value of the U.S.-Korea relationship.

Korean War veteran Charlie Rangel spoke from the heart

with Eun

Delegate Mark Keam with members of Korean American Womens Chamber of Commerce

Ambassador Han Duksoo speaks

With Mrs. Chan— her daughter Kathy was my intern

YMCA Angels of the Battlefield

A big salute to those who attended the Sixth Annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield Gala.

The Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, our guest speaker Lt. General Mills, USMC were some of the top guests on hand. The Annual event highlights the individual men and women on the front lines who are saving lives and have demonstrated extraordinary courage.

Chief Petty Officer Amilcar Rodriguez receiving the award from Lt Gen Mills.

Nov 16th.. I need you!

SAVE THE DATE Nov 16th for Devotion to Children’s annual Red, Heart, & Soul Fall Gala. I’m excited to emcee this wonderful and heartfelt event for the 3rd year in a row! Join us for dinner, dance and a cool silent auction.

TIX: Red, Heart & Soul Gala

A lot of gals wear red dresses for the event. The Hogettes are always there too! It’s a ton of fun and the food is great.

DTC founder Rosemary Tran Lauer is also BC survivor so please wear pink in October to support the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Pink Party DC 2011

“Honoring the Promise” with the Stars

Nancy Brinker addresses the crowd

“You are the future” Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation told a crowd of young Washingtonians. We attended the Komen Young Professionals reception held at a pink-lit Peacock Cafe’ in Georgetown. The event help kick off the buzz for what promises to be one of the premiere events of the Fall: Komen’s “Honoring the Promise” Gala on October 28th at The Kennedy Center. Last year, the non-profit celebrated 30 years of trying to find a cure and saving lives along the way. Last year’s star-studded gala included presenters Laura Bush, Gabrielle Union, Cynthia Nixon, Tory Burch… performers like Olivia Newton John, Lynda Carter.. and the Australian pop star who’s dating one of the Jonas Brothers, Delta Goodrem. That passionate evening raised a phenomenal $2 million dollars.

MORE: Laura Bush, Tory Burch, Cynthia Nixon attend Komen Gala

This year the stage will shine bright again. DC favorite Rosario Dawson is already one of  the presenters confirmed. NBC’s Hoda Kotb, a breast cancer survivor will be the Master of Ceremonies. Jot this down, mark the calendar and get ready to break out that black tie or gorgeous gown for an evening of entertainment and special awards!

Watch Coverage of the Event Below on WUSA9


Friday, October 28th, 2011, 7:30 PM

Eisenhower Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC

More info: 202-636-8745

Kate Marie Grinold, Krista Johnson and Erica from Komen

WJLA’s Caroline Lyders and Alison Starling

With Young Professional Co-Chair Ashley Taylor


For the dress fanatic

Bridesmaids, mothers of brides, and even guests, social butterflies listen up! Carine’s Bridal Atelier is now selling designer evening wear too.
The couture bridal boutique known for it’s gorgeous dresses now has a line of gowns fit for a bridesmaid or gala-goer.
Carine will kick off wedding parties, galas, and balls with a collection from the Monique Lhuillier, ML line and Theia. She’ll also carry a special Holiday Evening Wear collection from these two lines starting in October.  I love the bronze Monique Lhuillier in the middle below– trying to convince the little sister to choose that for the bridesmaids!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:Carine’s Bridal will hold a special Trunk show from September 6th until the 12th. There will be a showcase of collections and a 10% discount.

Mikea Turner contributed to this report.

42nd NAMC Gala is All That Jazz

Washingtonians enjoyed Alan King’s jazzy sound at the black-tie NAMC Gala. The Gala marked the end of the 4-day National Association of Minority Contractors Conference. Read more here…

Watch this story on the WUSA9 Morning Show

Pearls of Purpose

What an incredible night. FAIR Fund held it’s annual Pearls of Purpose gala at the City Tavern Club. Hundreds came out and nearly $60,000 was raised in the fight against sex trafficking. Survivors attended too… giving the evening even more strength.

Click to watch my report on WUSA9

Gorgeous jewelry made by survivors of sex trafficking

Corcoran Ball draws crowd, orchestra

 Corcoran’s most anticipated gala of the year was celebrated this past weekend with over 1,000 attendees. Guests were welcomed to the black-tie event by spectacular décor, pianist and dozens of cocktail waiters. The evening began with a VIP cocktail hour, followed by an extravagant three course dinner and dancing with music of Radio King Orchestra and Phil McCusker & Orchestra. Proceeds from the Corcoran Ball go to the College and provide scholarships. Yoni Lee contributed to this report. 



Rhee honored at Asian American Gala

This year’s annual Asian American Chamber of Commerce gala spotlighted Asian Americans who are making a difference in their community. Master Jhoon Rhee also known as the Father of American Taekwondo was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Rhee is credited for introducing this martial art to the US in the 1950’s. Local non-profits like Devotion to Children also received awards. Watch video from the event on

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