Actor Eric Dane, actress Tea Leoni and athlete Jason Collins in town this week

Actress Tea Leoni arrives to the 2014 UNICEF Ball Presented by Baccarat at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on January 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Actress Tea Leoni arrives to the 2014 UNICEF Ball presented by Baccarat at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Jan. 14 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The next secretary of state — well, according to the small screen anyway — actress Tea Leoni, star of next season’s CBS drama “Madam Secretary,” will be on hand Wednesday at a private UNICEF fundraiser benefiting Syrian children at the Georgetown home of race car driver Will Langhorne and his wife, Samar. But lest you think this is some publicity stunt, Leoni has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2001, and she recently traveled to a refugee camp in Jordan. (Both her grandmother and father were active with the organization.)

With only a handful of games as a Washington Wizard under his belt, Jason Collins might have missed the chance to see himself star on a Verizon Center billboard, but the first NBA player to come out as gay will get top billing all over Washington this week. On Wednesday building-size portraits of Collins, now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, will be unfurled at the JW Marriott across from the White House, the Renaissance in Dupont Circle and the Ritz-Carlton in the West End as part of Marriott’s “#LoveTravels” campaign celebrating the LGBT community. Spot the real-life Collins checking out the larger than life images at the JW and the Mayflower.

Actor Eric Dane attends a party to celebrate the 5th anniversary of TV channel TNT Serie at Kesselhalle on May 8, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Turner Broadcasting System Deutschland) Actor Eric Dane attends a party at Kesselhalle on May 8 in Munich, Germany. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Turner Broadcasting System Deutschland)

Hot enough for you outside? The thermometer might come close to bursting on Thursday when Eric Dane, best known as “McSteamy,” comes to town for the Newseum premiere of his new show, “The Last Ship” –Dane’s first TV outing since his “Grey’s Anatomy” character, Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan, was killed off in the sex-in-the-surgery hit. The D.C. screening of TNT’s “The Last Ship,” about a Navy crew charged with saving the world after a pandemic kills off 80 percent of the population, has the Navy’s seal of approval and will feature a color guard, rifle team and band.

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.

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Helena Andrews · June 2, 2014