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Dan About Town: The Best of Bashes, Balls, and Benefits This Past December

Party photographer Dan Swartz’s monthly roundup.

Dan About Town: The Best of Bashes, Balls, and Benefits This Past December
45th annual Kennedy Center Honors | December 4. Amal Clooney and honoree George Clooney.
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Party photographer Dan Swartz’s diary of bashes, benefits, and galas.

Royal Sands Social Club VIP opening | December 21

Erinn Tucker-Oluwole, faculty director of Georgetown University’s Global Hospitality Leadership program and cofounder of DMV Black Restaurant Week; Mission Group’s Fritz Brogan; Brooke Brogan; and Mission Group’s Reed Landry.


DC premiere of January 6th at the United States Navy Memorial | December 14

Film producer Abby Rodriguez, Discovery+ executive Igal Svet, and Franklin L. Haney Company chief counsel Mae Grennan.
January 6th director Jules Naudet, United States Capitol Police chief J. Thomas Manger, and January 6th director Gédéon Naudet.
Puck’s Tara Palmeri and Propagate Content’s Howard Owens and Jocelyn Quinn.


Améthyste gala at La Résidence de France | December 14

Congressional Black Caucus executive director Vincent Evans and National Museum of African American History & Culture director Kevin Young.
Invariant’s Heather Podesta, French ambassador to the US Philippe Étienne, and Semafor’s Steve Clemons.
Adrienne Elrod, director of external affairs for the CHIPS Program at the Department of Commerce; Lee Satterfield, assistant secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; and Ali Rubin, senior adviser at Facts First USA.


45th annual Kennedy Center Honors | December 4

Honoree Amy Grant.
Peter Ellefson and Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter.
US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg.
Honoree Gladys Knight.
Suzanne Youngkin and Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin.
Federal Communications Commission chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.
Honorees Adam Clayton, Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. of U2.
Incoming Maryland governor Wes Moore, Dawn Moore, Elaine Kamarck, and US congressman Steny Hoyer.
CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell (right) with daughter Grace Tracy.
Honoree Tania León.
Julia Roberts.
Big Bird and CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett.
Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso.

This article appears in the February 2023 issue of Washingtonian.