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

Party photographer Dan Swartz’s monthly roundup.

Dan About Town: The Best of Bashes, Balls, and Benefits This Past May
Guitar-string-cutting ceremony at the Atlantis on May 30. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, DC mayor Muriel Bowser, and Seth Hurwitz of I.M.P., which owns the Atlantis, at the guitar-string-cutting ceremony at the Atlantis.
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Party photographer Dan Swartz’s diary of bashes, benefits, and galas.

May 6

Avalon centennial celebration party at Chevy Chase Village Hall

Avalon Theatre board members Bill Oberdorfer, Connie Chang, Tope Folarin, and Donetta George.


May 8

Ambassador Michael Froman celebration at a private residence

Devex’s Raj Kumar; Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar; Council on Foreign Relations president Michael Froman; Stephanie Young, senior adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris; and Erin Wilson, deputy chief of staff for the Vice President.


May 13

Books in Bloom at Merriweather District

Nancy Davenport, former head of the library at American University; Busboys & Poets CEO Andy Shallal; and poet Nikki Giovanni.
Authors Jodie Patterson and Chasten Buttigieg with the Howard Hughes Corporation’s Greg Fitchitt.


May 10

Ball for the Mall on the National Mall

Opera star Denyce Graves and Halcyon’s Sachiko Kuno.
The National Park Service’s Jeff Reinbold, German ambassador to the United States Emily Haber, Salamander Hotels & Resorts’ Sheila Johnson, Humana’s Bruce Broussard, and the Trust for the National Mall’s Catherine Townsend.
Wells Fargo’s Georgette “Gigi” Dixon and actor Hill Harper.


May 16

13th Annual NewsBash at the Four Seasons

Laura Evans Manatos of Laura Evans Media; the Brand Guild’s Jayne Sandman and Barbara Martin; NBC4 anchor Shawn Yancy; and Barry Glassman of Glassman Wealth Services.
Brookfield Properties’ Jill Fredrick, Virginia Tech student Lily Powell, Davidson College student Abby Murphy, and Arnold & Porter’s Stephanie Weirick.


May 31

Hoffman & Associates 30th-anniversary celebration at the Wharf

Monty Hoffman of Hoffman & Associates and former PN Hoffman partner Pete Nazelrod.


May 23

Filomena Ristorante’s 40th anniversary

Georgetown Restaurant Corporation’s Michael Chiacchieri (second from left) with Filomena Ristorante’s Dino Jensen, JoAnna Filomena, and David Kidwell.


May 20

Preakness 148 at Pimlico Race Course

Baltimore Ravens star Odell Beckham Jr., Devin Ferguson, and Adonis Spicer.
Musician SuperDreww, Belinda Stronach of 1/ST Racing & Gaming (which owns the Preakness Stakes), musician Randy Savvy, and hair and makeup artist Paul Venoit.
Baseball stars Cal Ripken Jr. and AJ Burnett.

This article appears in the July 2023 issue of Washingtonian.