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WASHINGTON LIFE KICKS OFF IT'S 15TH YEAR

June 7 • Embassy Residence of the State of Kuwait
PHOTOS BY ZAID HAMID JONAH KOCH NANCY OSTERAG VICKY POMBO AND KYLE SAMPERTON

THE EVENT: Washington Life life is celebrating its 15th year of publication with a series of anniversary fetes being held throughout the upcoming year. The kick-off soirée was given by the Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima at their residence in June, attracting a veritable who's who of the national capital region and beyond. Leaders in the fi elds of politics, diplomacy, media, technology, philanthropy, the arts, entertainment and fashion came together to enjoy the type of upbeat and diverse gathering that has become synonymous with the hosts and the magazine.

THE SCENE: Thankfully, the guests didn't arrive all at once. As the new arrivals waited in the receiving line to greet Founder Vicki Bagley, Editor-in-Chief Nancy Reynolds Bagley, CEO Soroush Richard Shehabi and the Ambassador and Mrs. Al-Sabah, conversations sprung up like wild fi res. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff talked shop with Senator George Allen and his wife (who celebrated their wedding anniversary on the same night); Wolf Blitzer debated with writer Christopher Hitchens; Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee cha ed with Irene and John Danilovich; and Muleh's Christopher Reiter discussed fashion with Ashley Taylor. Everyone enjoyed the lavish buff et, which included an array of delicious Middle Eastern dishes and sweets; and no one could pass up the decadent chocolate fountain - with the lure of chocolate-covered fruits and marshmallows. In the ornate fountain room, the mingling and music were still in full swing – even after the lights went up. The host and hostess graciously broke protocol and insisted that many of the guests stay late into the evening. Not a hard sell as no one wanted to leave early.

THE PEOPLE: A dozen Cabinet Secretaries and Congressional leaders, real estate and technology CEO's, fashion executives, major media players, prominent Washingtonians and so many of the faces that have lit up the pages of WL for the past 15 years.

 

Sen. George Allen and Susan Allen
Ashley Taylor and Mario Morino

Carol Blue and Christopher Hitchens
Lynn and Wolf Blitzer
Nora O’Donnell, Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah and Rima Al-Sabah

Swedish Amb. Gunnar Lund
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Meryl Chertoff

Jack Davies, Kay Kendall, Jim Kimsey, Izette Folger, Conrad and Ludmilla Cafritz
Calvin and Jane Cafritz

Fred and JeriThompson
Prince Ermias Selassie with Dawit Yohannes

Quinn Bradlee, Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee
Mai and Jim Abdo
Secretary of HUD Alphonso Jackson and Marcia Jackson

Rep. Mark Foley
Debbie and Mark Gregg

Alan Novak and Jonathan Novak
Marc Ginsberg

Omani Amb. Hunaina Al-Mughairy
Sue Ellen and Mel Estrin

Joseph and Alma
Irene and Abe Pollin

Maria Felice Mekkouar and Esther Coopersmith
Greg Babcock
Jackie and Sidney Blumenthal

Juleanna Glover Weiss and Jeff rey Weiss
David Bass

Marlene and Fred Malek
Maria and Larry Fisher

Rita Braver
Deborah Gore Dean

Mary Bush
Lucky Roosevelt
Aba Kwawu

Rob Friedman
David and Connie Everett
Albert and Shirley Small

Ann and John Dickerson
Anne Nitze
Ann Jordan

 

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