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This holiday season Santa is checking his list twice for those who have been naughty, and for others who have been nice. At WL, we’ve been checking a little list of our own—our Social List that is, and are pleased to announce that this year’s roster includes many veterans, and a few first-timers.
WL’s Social List isn’t just a roster of wealthy people who like to go to parties. In fact, most of them don’t hail from old families or have ancestors who served in the cabinets of 19th century presidents. There are “cave-dwellers,” to be sure and “bluebloods” from Boston, Philadelphia and New York; the majority, however, represent a meritocracy of achievement in many areas, people who do not hesitate to support the many philanthropic institutions that make this city one of the most fascinating places to live in the world. The list is certainly not complete, nor will it ever be, but it is our best effort to recognize and thank those listed for their many social contributions.
Since our last issue, Washington Life has sponsored numerous events featuring the best and brightest in Washington society and the many deserving causes they support. The sold-out WLsponsored Freer and Sackler Gala attracted many prominent Washingtonians and New Yorkers for an elegant dinner and exhibition of Ottoman-era fashions. Over 800 guests celebrated the WL-sponsored National Building Museum’s 25th Anniversary as a leading center of architecture and design. The WL-sponsored Starlight Starbright Ball at the Four Seasons raised record amounts to cheer up hospitalized children. In addition, we were happy to support Girls Night Out and Muléh’s fundraiser benefiting the Washington Women’s Collective.
The WL-sponsored Washington International Horse Show brought worldclass equestrian excitement to the MCI Center. We cheered on Paige Johnson, daughter of Bob Johnson and our December cover girl, Shelia Johnson, who discusses her children, recent re-marriage, and current entrepreneurial projects with Washington Life.
This month we also feature The Washington Post’s “Reliable Sources:” Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, who have a frank discussion with us about the gossip industry and “confidential” sources. Our feature, Q&A Café also includes confidential sources as Carol Joynt grills Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper about his role in the identity leak of the CIA agent Valerie Plame. N.C. Aizenman and Peter Bergen then share the latest on Bergen’s forthcoming book about 9/11 architect, Osama bin Laden.
For our holiday style spectacular, Sen. Bill Frist, Jack Valenti and other Washingtonians kick off our “Home for the Holidays” fashion spread featuring prominent men about town and their best friends…er, pooches. Speaking about accessories, Alison Lukes picks out some of the best holiday season jewelry in her Trend Report while Monika Apponyi von Eichel discloses her design secrets for contemporary and classic furniture, and architects Theo Adamstein and Olvia Demetriou of A+D Designs invite WL into their home for a tour of their beautiful renovation.
And don’t forget to leave room on your holiday calendar for the Washington Ballet’s Nutty or Nice Ball on December 9, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington’s annual Christmas bash on December 11.
As we look forward to the New Year, we are pleased that you will find WL on the stands of many local newsstands and grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Faber Newsstands, and at airports and train stations on the Eastern seaboard.
From all of us at WL, we wish you a happy holiday and new year!
Nancy Reynolds Bagley