YGL: A Return to Glamour – The Young and The Guest List Event 2010

by Editorial

Washington Life hosted its fifth annual The Young and The Guest List (YGL) event April 15th. The theme this year was “A Return to Glamour.” Between the historic venue of The Washington Club, the magical stylings of Events by Andre Wells, Design Cuisine and Janet Flowers, and 400 of the metro area’s top 40-and-under movers and shakers, the night truly was glamorous.

The Washington Cub early in the evening as guest begin to arrive. (Photos by Tony Powell)

The Washington Club early in the evening as guest begin to arrive

The YGL is a list of 250 of the most influential Washingtonians under 40. Collectively known as The Young and The Guest List, these movers and shakers were chosen by committee from across professions, including politics, media, diplomacy, law, finance, real estate, sports, entertainment, the arts, technology, and philanthropy. For the first time, professional titles have been included alongside the names of those listed.

Last year, Washington Life followed the zeitgeist of a new administration and the injection of new personalities and power players into the Washington social scene by hosting the event in NOMA and completely transforming the top floor of the then-empty Capitol Plaza building. The goal was to capture the feeling of starting with a blank canvas. The theme of this year ‘s event was “Return to Glamour.”



“We felt it was important to acknowledge the city’s rich history by hosting the event at a landmark venue once known salons that blended power, grace and society.” Washington Life Executive Editor Michael M. Clements said. “We are grateful and excited that we found such a place in the Washington Club, the former Patterson Mansion on Dupont Circle. We also love the fact that the mansion was built by a newspaper editor and was for many years the epicenter of power and society in the nation’s capital.”

YGL'ers Becca Glover Watkins and Pepper Watkins

YGL'ers Becca Glover Watkins and Pepper Watkins

The Washington Club was founded in 1891 for “literary purposes, mutual improvement and the promotion of social intercourse.” It moved into its current clubhouse at 15 Dupont Circle in 1951. Known as the Patterson mansion, it was built in 1900-1902 by Chicago Tribune Editor Cissy Medill Patterson of Chicago, the daughter of Joseph Medill, owner of the Chicago Tribune and progenitor of the Medill/Patterson/McCormick newspaper dynasty. Historic citations  granted to the property include “District of Columbia Historic Site” (1964), “National Register of Historic Places” (1972), and the “1974 Massachusetts Avenue Historic District.”

This year Washington Life partnered with Dannia Hakki and Sherry Moeller of boutique public relations firm MoKi Media, who

did an outstanding job producing a most talked about gift bag. Here is what guests received in this year’s goodie bags, created by MoKi Media and designed by interior designer Christopher Boutlier. Gift bag items included Badgley Mischka parfum replica and Badgley Mischka Couture fragrance sample, Design Army Note Card set, Luxxery Beta Enzyme Cleanser, Luxxery Keep-it-snappy facial $60 Gift Certificate, Cibu Pho Finish hair spray, Robert Andrew Salon and Spa Redken Shampoo and Color Extend, mini Maker’s Mark bottles, Queen B Designs faceted beaded earrings, Karen Millen crystal square stud earrings, Lebanese Taverna $25 gift card, Stella Artois Chalice glasses, Alchimie Forever gift certificates, Sahara Dance Free Belly dancing lesson, Adeler Jewelers charms, Fresh of Georgetown $25 Gift Certificate, Darlington House $45 gift certificate, Virtual Golf Girl golf towels, Pevonia Botanica skin care products, Park Hyatt cookies and United Nations Foundation USBs among other fabulous treats!  Contact Sherry Moeller sherry.moeller@mokimedia.com directly for a final list of gift bag contents.

In addition, fashion sponsor Karen Millen made sure that the ladies from the Washington Life team looked lovely

This year's gift bag was produced by boutique PR company MokiMedia and included items from Badgley Mischka, Karen Millen, Adeler Jewelers, and many more.

This year's gift bag was produced by boutique PR company MokiMedia and included items from Badgley Mischka, Karen Millen, Adeler Jewelers, and many more.

in “glamorous cocktail” attire. While WL executive editor and WLTV host Michael M Clements was outfitted by Ermenegildo Zegna in Tysons Galleria.

Event Planner Andre Wells once again took the reins as the event’s maestro. “Andre is one of the best events planners not only in Washington, D.C., but in the nation,” Clements said. “His work is also regularly seen in L.A. and New York and we were thrilled to have him back again this year. He always comes to the table with fresh new ideas and some surprises.”

Finally, there was the YGL After-Party at chic Darlington House restaurant, mere steps from the Washington Club, where stalwart guests continued celebrating until the wee hours with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and late night sounds by the resident DJ.

The buzz around this year’s list was greater than ever, due in part to the sheer number of new gatekeepers in Washington, especially at the White House and on Capitol Hill. To recap: of the 250 people listed on the 2010 YGL, 46 are public servants: members of Congress, Hill staffers, White House staff, and presidential appointees. And they are all under 40. The list is can be viewed on vps3.washingtonlife.com here.

Event: The Young and The Guest List Party 2010
Host: Washington Life Magazine
Attendees: 400 Total  (250 YGL + guests, select media, VIPs, and sponsors)

Event Planner Andre Wells. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

Event Planner Andre Wells. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

Date: Thursday April 15th 2010
Time: 7:30 P.M. to midnight
Location: The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle, NW
After Party: Midnight to 2:00AM, Darlington House, 1610 20th St. NW
Event Planner: Events by Andre Wells
Guest List: Organized by Washington Life Magazine
Fashion sponsor: Karen Millen
Catering: Design Cuisine
Floral: Janet Flowers
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Others: Georgetown Cupcake
Alcohol Sponsors: Sugar Leaf Vineyard, Stella Artois, Ketel One Vodka, Red Bull,
Event Production: Syzygy Event Productions
DJs: Dj I;Wah, Adrian Loving, DJ Fabiana and DJ Cassidy
Live Band: Time for a Change (Virginia Beach via East Coast Entertainment)
Gift Bag Production: MokiMedia
Previous Venues: 2006 Dumbarton Oaks (Georgetown), 2007 Meridian House International (Adams Morgan), 2008 Halcyon House (Georgetown), 2009 Capitol Plaza (NOMA)

After Party: Darlington House, 1620 – 20th Street N.W., midnight-2 P.M.

154 Men / 112 Women
78 New Editions
2 Diplomats
35 CEOs
17 Founders of non-profits
44 White House and Capitol Hill staff or public servants


Aureta Thomollari and Teddy Kim. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

Aureta Thomollari and Teddy Kim. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

Mr. James Alefantis Co-Owner, Buck’s Fishing and Camping and Comet Ping Pong; President, Transformer Gallery; Arts Activist
Mr. Vinoda Basnayake International Associate, Patton Boggs LLP; Co-Founder, Night Life Agency Inc.
Mr. Zeno Baucus Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Ms. Stephanie Baucus Associate Director, Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liason, Department of Justice
Mr. Robert “Bo” Blair Founder and President, Smith Point, Jetties, Surfside, and The Rookery
Ms. Meghan Blair Founder, Something Sweet Bakery
Ms. Joanna Block President, Kiron Global Strategies
Mr. Cedric Bobo Vice President, The Carlyle Group
Mr. Spencer Boyer Director, International Law and Diplomacy, Center for American Progress
Mr. J. Quinn Bradlee Author, A Different Life
Ms. Greta Brawner C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Host and Producer
Mr. William T. Brawner Jr. Calibre Systems Policy Analyst
Mr. F.B. “Fritz” Brogan III Co-Owner, Gin and Tonic, and Kitchen
Ms. Pamela Brown Reporter, ABC7 and News Channel 8
Mr. Austin Bryan Global Account Manager, Pingtone Communications
Mr. Nicholas Cambata Co-Founder, 8112 Studios
Ms. Alejandra “Ali” Campoverdi Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, The White House
Ms. Sarah Cannova Co-Owner, Sassanova
Mr. G. John Cecchi Assistant Vice Presdent, The IDI Group Inc.
Mr. Sam Chaltain Washington Director, The Forum for Education and Democracy
Ms. Clara Brillembourg Chopivsky Associate, Foley Hoag LLP
Mr. George Chopivsky III Vice President, Simpson Property Group
Mr. Karim Chrobog Producer, 18th Street Films; Founder of Tangier Pictures
Mr. Michael Coe Chief Operating Officer and EVP of Government Relations, The Hawthorn Group LC
Mr. Jared Cohen Author, Children of Jihad
Ms. Anne Corbett Executive Director, Cultural Development Coproration, City of Washington
Mr. Peter Corbett Founder, iStrategy Labs
Ms. Jen Corey Apprentice, Washington National Opera; Miss DC 2009
Ms. Rachel Cothran Blogger, ProjectBeltway.com; Special Events Coordinator
Ms. Lindsay Craig PR and Communications Manager, Ann Hand, LLC
Ms. Anna Chaley Croll Director of Marketing, Latin Concepts
Ms. Brooke Daley Student, Georgetown School of Law
Ms. Kate Damon Owner, Kaze Design
Ms. Tara De Nicolas Director of Marketing and Communications, Washington Humane Society

YGL'ers Jamal Simmons and Amy Holmes. (Photo By Kyle Samperton)

YGL'ers Jamal Simmons and Amy Holmes. (Photo By Kyle Samperton)

Mr. Renaud De Viel Castel (Count) Manager, Veolia Transportation
Mr. Raymond “Tripp” Donnelly III President and CEO, RepEquity Inc.
Mr. Matt Dornic Writer, FishbowlDC, Quinn and Gillespie
Mr. Mark Drapeau Director of Innovative Social Engagement, Microsoft
Ms. Jayne Sandman Dufour Director, Fingerprint DC
Mr. Jeff Dufour Editor, Urban Daddy!
Ms. Rachel Eddins Director of Special Programs, Ms. Betsy Fischer Executive Producer, “Meet the Press”
Mr. Adam Frankel Senior Presidential Speechwriter, White House Office of Communications

Ms. Carolina Furukrona Director for Development, Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Mr. Ginuwine, Musician

Mr. Patrick Gavin Staff Writer, Politico
Ms. Lauren Gentile Director of Sales, Irvine Contemporary Gallery
Genuine R&B Singer
Ms. Jessica Gibson Key Account Manager, Constellation Wines U.S
Mr. Billy Glading Founder and President, Candid Career, LLC; Team Member, Washington Bayhawks
Ms. Becca Glover Watkins Director of Media Relations, Daily Caller
Ms. Angie Goff Traffic Anchor,  WUSA-TV; Co-Anchor, WUSA 9NEWS NOW; Blogger, Oh My Goff at wusa9.com
Ms. Kate Marie Grinold Business Development, IT.com
Ms. Kristin Guiter Media Relations Manager , Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Mr. Carlos Gutierrez Law Student, Georgetown University
Ms. Erika Gutierrez Junior Account Executive, FingerprintDC Communications
Ms. Wendy Adeler Hall Vice President of Marketing and Philanthropy, Adeler Jewelers
Mr. Chris Hayes Senior Washington Editor, The Nation
Ms. Lani Hay
Ms. Amy Holmes Contributor and Political Analyst, CNN
Mr. Joseph P. III Ireland Founder and CEO, J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture
Ms. Sassy Jacobs Co-Owner, Sassanova
Mr. Brian Jung Special Assistant to Larry Summers
Ms. Cassidy Karakorn HRC, DJ
Mr. Sam Kass Assistant to White House Chef
Mr. Cody Stephen Keenan Presidential Speechwriter
Ms. Alicia Kersting Artist
Mr. Michael Kosmides Owner, Teatro Goldoni
Ms. Sherri Kraham, Acting Vice President for the Department of Policy and International Relations , Millennium Challenge Corp.
Ms. Jackie Kucinich Reporter, Roll Call
Ms. Anna Lefer Kuhn Executive Director, Arca Foundation
Ms. Aba Kwawu President, The ABA Agency
Mr. Reed Landry Founder, Late Night Shots
Mr. Philippe Lanier Vice President, Eastbanc Inc.
Mr. Matt Lauer Partner, Qorvis Communications LLC
Ms. Svetlana Legetic Founder, Bright Young Things
Ms. Kirsten Lodal Co-Founder and CEO, National Student Partnerships, Inc.
Mr. Reggie Love Personal Aide to the President of the United States
Mr. Adrian Loving Co-Founder, Dissident Display Gallery, “DJ”
Ms. Betsy Lowther Senior Editor, Fashion Washington, The Washington Post
Ms. Kadrieka Maiden Co-Founder and Director of Communications, Style & Image Network
Ms. Jaclyn Mason Fundraiser, Myeloproliferative Disease Foundation
Ms. Chelsea Maughan President, The Madison
Mr. Joe McGinniss, Jr. author, The Delivery Man
Mr. Vineet Mehan Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgery Associates, P.C.
Mr. Spike Mendelsohn Restaurateur, Good Stuff Eatery
Mr. Eric Meyrowitz Vice President and General Manager, WDCW-TV, DC50
Ms. Jessica Meyrowitz CEO, JSM Media, LLC
Ms. Maggie Michael Sculptural Painting Artist
Mr. Ashtan Moore CEO, Moore Enterprise Solutions
Mr. David Morgan Vice President Federal Government Affairs, American Express Company
Mr. Ross Mueller Technology Entrepreneur and Adviser
Ms. Gloria Nauden Executive Director, D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities
Ms. Lana Orloff Stylist, Lana Orloff Style
Mr. Samuel Patten Principal, Sam Patten, LLC
Mr. Macon Phillips Director of New Media, White House Office of Communications
Mr. Omar Popal Co-Owner, Café Bonaparte and Napoleon
Mr. Joseph Robert III Board Member, Youth Leadership Foundation
Ms. Katie Rost Blogger; Model
Ms. Christy Schlesinger Architect, Schlesinger & Associates
Mr. Sheldon Scott General Manager, Marvin and 18th Street Lounge
Ms. Renee Sharrow Marketing Communications Manager, Park Hyatt Washington DC
Mr. Arash Shirazi President, Bullit Music; Manager, DJ Driis (Idris Elba),  and Dubfire
Mr. Jamal Simmons President, New Future Communications and Political Analyst
Ms. Cynee Simpson Reporter, ABC 7
Mr. Nicole Siobal Account Executive, Weber Shandwick
Ms. Anna Soellner Vice President for Communications, Center for American Progress
Mr. James Speyer Real Estate Associate, Cafritz Co.
Ms. Madeleine Starkey Social Writer, The Scene Bisnow
Mr. Brendan Sullivan, Jr. Executive Director, Headfirst Sports
Mr. David A. Sutphen Partner, Brunswick Group LLC
Mr. Qubad Talabany Kurdistan Representative
Ms. Ashley Taylor Graduate Gemologist, Ann Hand, LLC
Mr. Joshua Thomas Senior Director, First Services Real Estate
Mr. Will Thomas Anchor, Fox 5 News
Ms. Aureta Thomollari Fashion Blogger
Mr. Michael Tuteur CEO, Vote Net Solutions (29-32)
Mr. Kris Van Cleave Reporter, ABC7 News
Mr. Omar Vargas Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs, Pepsi Co
Mr. David Vennett National Manager, Government Affairs and Special Projects, Toyota Motor North America Inc.
Ms. Samantha Vinograd International Economist, Office of the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Mr. William “Pepper” Watkins Special Projects Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Freelance Photographer
Mr. André Wells Founder, Events by André Wells
Mr. Paul Wharton Owner, Evolution Look
Ms. Amal Zaari Events Director, Ritz Carlton Georgetown
Mr. Dan Zak Reporter, Style Section, The Washington Post
Ms. Katharine Zaleski Managing Editor, Post.com

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