It’s somewhat ironic that Sally Quinn has said “I don’t invite people because of who they are in the administration or their positions of power. The few who do come, are there because I like them,” as when this hostess and her husband Ben Bradlee open their doors to their Q Street Mansion, it is the titans of media, politics and Hollywood who enter. These days, their affairs tend to be more intimate dinners and cocktail parties, which makes an invitation to the Bradlee/Quinn residence an even more exclusive one that’s rarely turned down.
Amb. of Kuwait Salem and Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah
With guest lists that include President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, as well as visiting stars like Angelina Jolie and Randy Travis, the Al-Sabahs’ gatherings are one of the hardest invites in town to score. Replete with exquisite detail and evidencing their compassionate hearts, the couple’s effort on behalf of their annual event with the Kuwait American Foundation quietly raises almost $3 million for organizations like Malaria No More and last year helped to build a children’s hospital in Iraq.