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Last night, Blue Star Families celebrated its 5th Anniversary with an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The event recognized Mark Johnson, 2015 Blue Star Neighbor of the Year, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces nationwide initiative, and The Creative Coalition.
Sheila Casey, Chairman BSF Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer of The Hill, and Connie Milstein, Founding BSF Board Member and Principal and Co-founder of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC were the event co-chairs. Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor and reporter and author of In an Instant, emceed the presentations.
“What started as a passionate discussion across Facebook and Skype between military family members has grown into a vibrant and meaningful mission for Blue Star Families and our members,” explains Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO. “Our goal is to strengthen military families and our nation by connecting communities and fostering leadership. Thanks to our extraordinary partnerships, such as those with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative and The Creative Coalition, we are mobilizing hundreds of thousands of military family members to engage with programs and resources that improve their lives, enhancing careers for those married to a service member, producing nationally-recognized research, and connecting America to the military.”
Blue Star Families serves 1.5 million military family members annually through its programs and resources with 50 chapters at home and overseas. Each of its programs, including Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Caregivers Empowering Caregivers, Blue Star Careers, and Military Family Lifestyle Survey depends on the partnership of caring civilian organizations, institutions, and individuals.
Prominent Georgetown institution, Cafe Milano, hosted an Oscar night watch party and champagne buffet, the proceeds of which benefited Dog Tag Bakery, an education and training program for wounded veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. The crowd also cheered on Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, who became part of the Cafe Milano family when he attended Georgetown University.
Cafe Milano owner Franco Nuschese said, “Bradley Cooper is a dear friend and we are so proud of his success and his support of the military. Tonight, we honor the service of all members of the military and the good work Dog Tag Bakery is doing to help veterans transition to the workforce.” Nuschese also thinks American Sniper is Cooper’s best performance ever.
Dog Tag Bakery co-founders Constance Milstein and Father Richard Curry said, “We are so thrilled with the continued support of our fellow Georgetown business leaders. It only makes sense to cheer on former Georgetowner Bradley Cooper at Café Milano and to make tonight about helping our servicemen and women.”
Dog Tag Bakery realizes the passions of Milstein (Connie’s Baking Co.) and Curry (“Secrets of Jesuit Bread Making”) to serve a delicious variety of baked goods, with proceeds from sales supporting the entrepreneurship of vets and their families through experience and a high-quality business education.
Cafe Milano is celebrated for 22 years as the premier restaurant and meeting place in Georgetown. Owner Franco Nuschese is a patron of Dog Tag Bakery. He is member of the board of directors of the Global Virus Network and of the Atlantic Council of the United States. Nuschese is Minister-Counselor of the Order of Malta.
Social secretary Jeremy Bernard gives his first interview to Vogue after four years at The White House. Don’t miss it!
In a 25 minute interview, President Obama told Kara Swisher that he embraces technology and is looking forward to the new Apple Watch! Swisher covered all the technology and security issues and a few fun items. The President seemed proud to embrace the selfie stick but still uses a Blackberry and watches sports on TV.
Continuing in the tradition of celebrating White House Correspondents Weekend and highlighting causes that are making a significant difference in people’s lives, this year’s annual garden brunch will honor two organizations that support veterans and their families, Dog Tag Bakery and Blue Star Families.
The co-hosts of the White House Correspondents Garden Brunch are asking guests to make a contribution to Dog Tag Bakery and support what will hopefully become a franchise of bakeries across the United States to support and educate disabled veterans and their spouses.
The first Dog Tag Bakery location will be one block from the corner of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown – on Grace Street – where supporters will be able to see firsthand the results of their investment. Father Rick Curry, a professor in the Catholic Studies Department at Georgetown University, and Connie Milstein, a successful attorney, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, are the driving forces behind this important cause. When it opens, the 4,200 square foot building in Georgetown will provide a retail location for the bakery and café, housing a production/baking area, a training and meeting room, and an office space from which to manage the business.
“What I have tried to do is what my father always told me – find a niche where people are not doing what needs to be done and try to fill it,” says Milstein. The mission of Dog Tag Bakery is “to create a bold, new model for transition assistance and job training for veterans (and their spouses) with a service-connected disability who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.”
Also in the spotlight at the brunch will be Blue Star Families, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families. The organization is committed to supporting families through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well.
We are so grateful for the men and women who serve our country and we are very honored to dedicate this year’s garden brunch to raising awareness for these two causes that are so important for supporting active service members and veterans. We also look forward to tasting the unique Dog Tag Bakery cupcakes that Georgetown Cupcakes will be creating for the event to help raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause!
Leave it to Washington favorites Claire Shipman of ABC News and the BBC’s Katty Kay to create another book to help women in Washington and around the world. “The Confidence Gap” is a must-read for any woman working the halls of Congress, the White House or media outlet. Ms. Shipman has reported from the streets of Moscow to the White House, while Ms. Kay is the anchor of BBC America’s nightly news program. Claire Shipman teaches the ladies of The View how they can become more successful. We think she looks pretty comfortable on the couch.