Washingtonian celebrated its 50th anniversary with a party at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on October 28. The 850 guests included writers whose work appeared in the October 1965 inaugural issue, advertisers who have supported the magazine over the years, and three generations of the Merrill family, who have owned the Washingtonian since 1979.
Guests at this invitation-only celebration nibbled on delectable bites from Spilled Milk Catering, toasted the magazine with a specialty orange crush cocktail at the Home Depot bar, and enjoyed an open bar stocked with Ketel One Vodka, Zacapa Rum, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Johnnie Walker Whiskey, Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Goose Island. Attendees played casino games hosted by Maryland Live! Casino, tested their knowledge with a Washingtonian cover trivia contest at the Celebrity Cruises lounge, and relaxed in the Capital One lounge.
To honor the milestone, the magazine also donated a total of $50,000 to five nonprofit organizations that have served our community for 50 years or more: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Children’s National Health System, Ford’s Theatre, and Junior Achievement of Greater Washington.
Thank you to all our sponsors: Architectural Ceramics; BDO USA; the Beautiful Mind Foundation; Bernard R. Wolfe & Associates; Boone & Sons; Brown Advisory; Brunswick Group; Capital One; Celebrity Cruises; the Coca-Cola Company; Curran Moher Weis; FDL Dermatology; Grenadier, Starace, Duffett, Keisler, & Levi; Halt, Buzas & Powell; the Home Depot; I. Gorman Jewelers; Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Joseph Greenwald & Laake; Katz, Marshall and Banks; Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, Depaolis, & Lightfoot; Law Offices of Jezic & Moyse; Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister; Maryland Live! Casino; Morgenstern Injury Lawyers; Peet’s Coffee & Tea; Regan Zambri Long; Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom; Shounbach; Sonus Arlington Hearing Center; and Verus Consulting Group.
Thank you to our partners:
Beverages: Charmer Sunbelt Group
Cake Pops: Baked by Yael
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcake
Cookies: District Desserts
Floral/Production: Amaryllis Floral & Event Design
Green Screen: Washington Talent Agency
Music/Lighting/AV: Bruce Pike Productions
Photography by Rodney Bailey and Dan Swartz