40th anniversary: Foundation celebrates

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region hosted its 40th anniversary celebration where nearly 600 guests attended Arena Stage in Southwest to celebrate four decades of philanthropy in the Washington region. The event was different than the organization’s typical sit-down gala. This year, the foundation organized a festival with various local artists, such as Grammy-nominated musician Christylez Bacon and the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Co. The event raised $470,000, which will partly benefit the foundation’s Fund for Greater Washington, which provides grants to programs in education and workforce development for low-income families and individuals. The who’s who included the foundation’s board chairman, Martin J. Weinstein of Willke Farr & Gallagher, Lawrence Hough, Alexine Clement Jackson, David Bradt and Daniel Mayers. Lead sponsors included Brown Advisory, the Horning Family Fund, the Summit Fund of Washington, Bank of America, CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, Delaney Family Foundation Fund, and the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.

— Vanessa Small

Incubator: A place for ‘audacious ideas’

The historical Halcyon House on Prospect Street NW in Georgetown does not look like a hub of modern innovation. With its stately brick façade, white-trimmed windows and American Flag-adorned roof, the mansion is a picture of the 18th century in which it was built.

But behind its storied walls, the District-based S&R Foundation plans to open an incubator for social entrepreneurs starting in September. The program will stretch 12 to 16 months, including a four-month residency, eight months of rent-free workspace, and complimentary strategic and legal advice. Georgetown University is a partner on the project. Applicants can apply at www.halcyonincubator.org.

“The Halcyon Incubator’s risk-tolerant environment encourages individuals with audacious ideas to apply to the program,” S&R Foundation CEO Sachiko Kuno said in a statement. “Applicants aren’t required to know if their idea will spawn a for-profit, non-profit or government solution, but simply be committed to applying new thinking to empower social change.”

— Steven Overly

Salon: A blow out

Whitney Port, perhaps best known for her appearance on MTV’s “The Hills,” blew through town this month to host the opening of Blo Dupont, the District’s newest blow-dry bar.

The salon, owned by Marriott International executive Maha Sharma , is the company’s first in the Washington area. A Gaithersburg location is scheduled to open this spring.

Before heading off to New York for the weekend, Port mingled with about 100 attendees (on a pink carpet, no less). Bethesda-based Frosting A Cupcakery provided snacks for the March 21 event.

A number of blow-dry-only salons have cropped up in recent years, including DryBar in Georgetown and Bethesda, Flow Blowout and Beauty Bar in Reston and Blowout Bar near Foggy Bottom.

— Abha Bhattarai

Challenge: ‘Have we done enough?’

General Dynamics chief executive Phoebe Novakovic used her appearance at a Northern Virginia Technology Council “Titans” breakfast last week to challenge technology executives to get more involved in solving the region’s social problems.

She cited a few issues worth tackling. Too many families still live in poverty in an area that includes several of the nation’s wealthiest counties, she said. More needs to be done to combat local gangs that recruit young girls for the sex trade, and more attention needs to be paid to the problem of teen suicide.

Northern Virginia’s businesses have done well, thanks to their proximity to the seat of federal power, creating a center for wealth creation every bit as potent as Silicon Valley and New York City. But she wondered aloud if executives are giving back: “Have we done enough?” she asked.

— Dan Beyers

March Madness: Lawyers and a court

It was March Madness at Trinity Washington University in Northeast D.C. last week, with the Hill’s Angels facing off against the Hoya Lawyas.

The 27th annual Home Court charity basketball game between members of Congress and staffers (Hill’s Angels) and faculty at Georgetown Law (Hoya Lawyers) ended in a 46-40 victory for the Hill’s Angels, and raised $600,000 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

Georgetown mascot Jack the Bulldog made an appearance. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) hit the first three-pointer of the night. Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor suited up in blue.

Also on the roster for Hill’s Angels were Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-La.), Eric Hammond, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Henry Murry, Andrew Simpson, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) and Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-Fla). For the Hoya Lawyas were Ronnie Reese, Dean Michael Frisch, David Koplow, Alexandra Phelan, Tom Clark, Laura Donohue, Perry Russell-Hunter, John Hasnas, Danny Johnson, Henry Richardson, Yasmine Harik, Dean Everett Belamy, David Vladeck, Dean Mitch Bailin and Eli Northrup.

— Catherine Ho