February 12, 2014: Washington Glitters at State Dinner, Sexist Swag at Harvard Tech Event, Atlanta Native Doubles as Professional Olympics Planner

By Beth Kormanik February 12, 2014, 7:55 AM EST

1. WASHINGTON GLITTERS AT STATE DINNER: With a celebrity guest list, fine wines, and the full pomp of ceremonial occasions, the White House hosted a state dinner for French President Francois Hollande Tuesday night. The Washington Post captured the highlights in a two-minute video:

2. SEXIST SWAG AT HARVARD TECH EVENT: At a Harvard computer science conference geared toward women, sponsor Goldman Sachs made news for its choice of giveaways: nail files and mirrors, which bore the bank’s logo. The New York Times: “The event’s organizers encouraged Goldman to bring goodies that would appeal to a female audience,” a source said.

3. ATLANTA NATIVE DOUBLES AS PROFESSIONAL OLYMPICS PLANNER: Beverly Carey of Atlanta has an unusual job: She travels the world helping Olympic host cities get ready for the games. NBC 11 Alive: “Carey lived in Russia for a year and a half to get ready for this moment. This is what she does. She works with local organizing committees to make Olympic magic, then she moves on to the next Olympics. So far, she's worked on games in Salt Lake City, Athens, Torino, Beijing, Vancouver, London and now Sochi.”


Events DC and the Convention Industry Council Tuesday unveiled a redesigned CIC Hall of Leaders recognition pavilion inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Hall of Leaders award recognizes individuals in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions, hospitality, and travel industry.


BOSTON:  An Evening With Friends, the annual spring gala hosted by the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston on May 2. Comedian Gary Gulman will provide entertainment.

CHICAGO:  The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a one-day event, “Beach Looks Good on You,” at a public spot near Tribune Tower on February 19. The event will include a heated cabana with underwater scenes, bikinis frozen in ice, vending machines dispensing sunglasses, and more.

LOS ANGELES:  The Broad Museum has delayed its opening from this fall to sometime in 2015. The museum also announced a new restaurant concept from Timothy Hollingsworth, former chef de cuisine at French Laundry in the Napa Valley. Los Angeles Times:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  President Barack Obama will host a fund-raiser for House Democrats March 20 at the home of former N.B.A. star Alonzo Mourning. The evening will include a reception, dinner, and photo opportunities. Associated Press:

YoungArts Week Miami begins today and continues through February 17. The week includes two multidisciplinary performances at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and a visual art, photography, and design exhibition, a cinematic arts screening, a jazz combo, and writers reading on the YoungArts Campus.

NEW YORK:  The Tony Awards named Hugh Jackman as the host of its 68th annual show June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. It will be his fourth time hosting the awards, which will air live on CBS.

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host the 23rd annual Bunny Hop March 4 at 583 Park Avenue. Gucci is sponsoring, and the children's event will include live animal shows, magicians, balloon artists, and a juggler from the Big Apple Circus.

The Actors Fund’s annual gala is April 28 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, followed by a post-performance cast party at the New York Marriott Marquis. The event will honor Disney Theatrical Productions as it marks 20 years on Broadway.

Chelsea Clinton will be a featured speaker at this year's New York City Go Red for Women Luncheon March 4 at the New York Hilton Midtown, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement announced.

Cory Rosenberg has been named regional director for national and global MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) accounts for NYC & Company. He will focus on the West Coast, Southwest, and International MICE markets.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Lakeridge Winery will host Winefest XXIV Friday and Saturday.

TAMPA:  Ulele, a new concept from the owners of Columbia Restaurant, will open this spring in the refurbished Tampa Heights Water Works building.

TORONTO:  York Mills Gallery announced it will host its grand opening on August 1. The 15,000-square-foot loft-style space seats 450 guests or holds 600 for cocktails.

WASHINGTON:  Art Soiree’s fifth annual Singles Valentine’s Night is Friday at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown. The evening will include an art exhibition by Patric Ross, portrait sessions, and entertainment from DJ Agent Max.

Washington Post: “LivingSocial will stop producing live events and close its facility at 918 F St. NW this spring as executives focus the business on providing merchants with an online platform to market their products.”

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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