Social Diary: Launch Into Summer

by Erica Moody

Washington Life welcomes summer with Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Inova Health System and Absolut Elyx. 

By Erica Moody

Anthony Burchard, Chad and Karin Fleschner (Photo by Tony Powell)

Anthony Burchard, Chad and Karin Fleschner (Photo by Tony Powell)

On the first official Friday of summer, Washington Life raised a glass to the season at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Convention Center location) with Absolut Elyx furnishing specialty drinks made with its ultra-premium vodka brand. At the second annual “Launch into Summer” event, guests also came to celebrate the first half-century of Ruth’s Chris, which opened its first steakhouse in New Orleans in 1965.

Victor Yeager, Jenny Nong Alena O'Neill and Rick Raines (Photo by Tony Powell)

Victor Yeager, Jenny Nong, Alena O’Neill and Rick Raines (Photo by Tony Powell)

The restaurant’s recent donation to Inova Health System and Inova’s announcement of a new cancer wing and a $50 million gift from philanthropists Dwight and Martha Schar were also noted. Inova’s Tony Burchard, Washington Life‘s John Arundel, Absolut ELYX brand ambassador Annie Borgerding and Ruth’s Chris general manager Andrew Abdallah and sales manager Jenny Nong made remarks.

Absolut ELYX (Photo by Tony Powell)

Absolut Elyx (Photo by Tony Powell)

The drinks provided a major hit as guests mingled with dirty martinis, sparkling pear juleps and cucumber basil cocktails in hand.

View all photos from the event here! 

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