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April 7th
The Phillips Collection

Jay Gates and Margaret Stuart Hunter

George Vradenburg, chairman of the Phillips Collection and Gala Chairwomen Pat Sagon and Margaret Hunter pulled out all the stops for the return of the Phillips Collection's beloved Renoir masterwork, "The Luncheon of the Boating Party," and the opening of the museum's addition which includes the new Rothko Room, library, auditorium and sculpture garden. Many prominent guests including Laughlin Phillips, founder Duncan Phillips' son, were on-hand to tour the museum, drink champagne and admire the glamorous gowns.

Guests at Katharine Graham's former home, currently owned by Mark Ein, were whisked right into the painting with a white and yellow tent reminiscent of the setting of "The Boating Party." Designer David Tutera modeled the tables a er the original luncheon with over 10,000 yellow roses and tulips and custom dyed blue french lace linens while Le Paradou chef Yannick Cam created a delicate combination of lobster and quail entrees.

Mayor Anthony and Diane Williams, Donald Beyer, Vernon and Ann Jordan, Roger and Vicki Sant, George Vradenburg, British Ambassador Sir David Manning and Lady Manning, Bill and Ann Nitze, Mike and Pamela Peabody and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.


Marie Cecile Levitte, Sen. John Warner and Jeanne Vandermyde,
Ann and Vernon Jordan

Alissa, Tricia and Tyler Vradenburg
Cindy and Jeong Kim

Molly Raiser and Rep. Doris Matsui
Mel and Suellen Estrin

David Leiter and Tamera Luzatto
David and Alice Rubenstein

Etel Valtasaari and Finnish Amb. Jukka Valtasaari and Lady Manning
Sarah Rosenwinkel and Mark Ein


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