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This issue we cover a special mosaic - one crafted by the Mosaic Foundation's Ninth Annual Benefit Gala for Sesame Mosaic, "Education: A Two Way Street," of which WL was privileged to be the exclusive media sponsor. When we sat down with the foundation's Chairman Nermin A. Fahmy and Gala Chair Luma Kawar, we decided to highlight the work that they and the other Arab Ambassadors' wives are doing to support cultural understanding between east and west with a photographic mosaic containing each of them and their hopes for the future.

All hail the Queen
Queen Rania of Jordan was the guest of honor at the Mosaic Foundation Gala. In an exclusive interview for WL, ABC-7 News Anchor Kathleen Matthews captures the young Queen candidly discussing the push and pull of modernity and tradition in the Arab world, the evolving role of women in the region, and her love of films and vegging out at home watching 24 and Desperate Housewives.

White Wedding
Starting with the Fox News reception at Cafe Milano on Thursday, to the WL / Creative Coalition lunch on Friday at Teatro Goldoni, to Tammy Haddad's annual pre-dinner Saturday brunch, through the pre-dinner receptions, to the Bloomberg after-party, to John and Cristina McLaughlin's annual post dinner Sunday Brunch, The 63rd annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner weekend felt like an extended wedding weekend … which is fitting since this is the one weekend a year (publicly at least) that the White House and media, ehm, spend the night together. Read what media players Chris Matthews, Ed Henry, Margaret Carlson, John McCaslin and Wolf Blitzer have to say about it in our special Media Spotlight feature.

Bella Casa
Embassy Row focuses on Italian Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta and his beautiful and talented wife Lila (who knew she was such a great painter?). A warm thank you to both for opening up their beautiful home to us. Start your insider's tour of "Villa Firenze" on page 102. For more beauty, turn to Art at Auction and see a number of diamonds, which Sotheby's and Christie's are auctioning, including ones from Princess Margaret.

Nancy Reynolds Bagley and With Morgan


His and Hers
For Father's Day, contributors John Dickerson, Sean Tuohey, Carlos M. Gutierrez and Kendrick Meek, Jr. (at eight years old, our youngest contributor ever!) share what's special about their dads. But we didn't leave the women out - turn to page 66 to read about Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kay Bailey Hutchison, Christina Amanpour, Diane von Furstenberg, Andrea Koppel, Lisa Ling and Julia Ormond at the 2006 Vital Voices Gala Leadership Awards. Garden Parties, Beaches and Luxury Living Our fashion feature and trend report will put you in a garden state of mind this month, but if beaches are more your speed, check out Kevin Chaffee's hotel watch on Mexico's ultra-luxe Las Alamandas resort. Luxury is the key word for the Resort Roundtable where Mark Greg, John Letham and Donn Davis give you details on how to invest in a home where personal wellness is key (the new Canyon Ranch Living Bethesda), a home aboard a floating paradise (the ship Orphalese) or access to some of the most luxurious vacation homes in the world through Exclusive Resorts, part of the Revolution family of companies founded by Steve Case.

Events, Balls and Galas The social season really heated up this spring…. Besides the WL-sponsored Corcoran Art Ball and Smithsonian Young Benefactors Spring Soirée, you can see the area's hottest exclusive events inside. And don't forget to mark your calendar for the following WLsponsored fetes: The Washington National Opera's annual ball on June 9th, The SILVERDOCS documentary film festival from June 13th-18th, (with special guests Martin Scorsese and former Vice President Al Gore), the Tiny Jewel Box's Antique and Pearl Show on June 16th and 17th and the Washington Humane Society's Bark Ball on June 17th.

Nancy Reynolds Bagley

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