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BUZZWORTHY/Secretariat Author Bill Nack Feted at Turnberry Tower

Allison Brooks
By Allison Brooks
Posted on Oct 13,2010
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Photo by Allison Priebe Brooks <br /> <br />Celebrated
Photo by Allison Priebe Brooks
Celebrated "Secretariat" author William Nack, longtime Sports Illustrated writer.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Socialites in DC are buzzing once again.  
 
Now that Fall is in full swing and we are all getting accustomed to our routines, there are many things to do - between lacrosse games, fall festivals, Halloween parties, galas, openings, celebrations - oh and work and taking care of the kiddos - there is more than enough to keep a gal on her toes all hours of the day and night.  

Photo by Allison Priebe Brooks <br /> <br />Ricky Martin at the HRC gala.
Photo by Michael Woestehoff
Ricky Martin at the HRC gala.

The highlights of my social calendar this past week were easily the Human Rights Campaign's Annual Dinner, DC Magazine's 5th year Anniversary Party and Washington Life magazine's VIP Book Party for Bill Nack, the acclaimed sports writer and author of "Secretariat."
 
People came from all over the The United States on Saturday to attend the 14th Annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Dinner with presenters Monique and Bette Midler honoring PINK, Lee Daniels and the cast of Modern Family.
 
The Washington Convention Center dinner was sold out and filled to capacity with over 3,000 attendees who came from as far as Santa Monica for the annual affair.  
 
Although the dinner was hugely attended and included thousands of people there was a sense of solidarity and intimacy in the room.
 

Photo by Allison Priebe Brooks <br /> <br />Mary Amons of Real Housewives of DC and stylist Paul Wharton.
Photo by Michael Woestehoff
Mary Amons of Real Housewives of DC and
stylist Paul Wharton.

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett was the night's keynote speaker, and spoke mainly about some of the recent suicides among LGBT teenagers due to bullying.
 
"No young person should have to endure a life of relentless taunts and harassment, just because they’re gay," Jarret said. "On behalf of President Obama, I want to make clear this administration is firmly committed to working with you and other advocates.”  
 
The tone of the evening also included promoting marriage equality and the new modern family which may include two parents that are gay or lesbian couples raising children.  
 
Many remarked on just want a special night it was - and of course with evening ended on the dance floor and a spectacular after-party hosted by Google.
 
Congratulations to DC Magazine on their 5th Anniversary.  While scores of magazines have tried to tap into the DC market, few have survived.  
 

Photo by Allison Priebe Brooks <br /> <br />PINK and Bette Midler at the Human Rights Campaign dinner.
Photo by Michael Woestehoff
PINK and Bette Midler at the Human Rights
Campaign dinner.

Hundreds of A-list party-goers poured into PNC Place to enjoy delicious delectable, cocktails, and a DJ. Scensters included Paul Wharton, Mary and Rich Amons, Katherine Kennedy, Cheryl Romero, Kerry Reichs, Heather Guay, Tara de Nicolas, and of course the extraordinary DC Magazine Staff of Peter Abrams, Martha Pheeny and Karen Sommer Shalett.  
 
On Monday, celebrated "Secretariat" author William Nack, the longtime Sports Illustrated writer, delighted 200 Washington Life readers in the 25th floor Penthouse Suite of Turnberry Tower with experiences and memories of watching what Washington Life Associate Publisher John H. Arundel described as "1100 pounds of caged heat rushing down the track to become the greatest racehorse that ever lived."  
 
After the invitees were welcomed by Arundel and Nack was introduced by 28-year Washington Post Sports Editor George Solomon, Nack regaled the crowd with his stories about his ten years on the "Secretariat" beat for Sports Illustrated. About 200 VIP guests of the magazine were treated to gift bags provided by Walt Disney Pictures, tours of the ultra-luxe new condo and its spactacular vistas, and the opportunity to have Mr. Nack sign paperback copies of "Secretariat."  Over the weekend, the movie earned $16 million at the box office and the book is now ranked number six on The New York Times Bestseller List.
 
The power guest list included CBS News White House Correspondent Chip Reid and his wife Nina Black, ABC7 anchor Scott Thuman, interior decorator Pamela Hughes, superlobbyist Jack Quinn and his wife Susanna, Fernando Batista, Chris Guthrie, Allen M. Lewin, Lindsay Mask, Sonya Gavankar McKay, Adam Falkoff, K Street Kate's Kate Michael, Fingerprint DC's Jayne Sandman, Turnberry Tower's Dan Riordan, Urban Daddy's Jeff DuFour, John and Kristen Cecchi and many more.
 
So tricks and treats aside hold tight folks it appears as though it is going to be a wild Fall Social Season with lots to celebrate and look forward to!  
 
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Photo by Allison Priebe Brooks <br /> <br />Director Lee Daniels and Monique at the HRC dinner.
Photo by Michael Woestehoff
Director Lee Daniels and Monique at the
HRC dinner.


Photo by Allison Priebe Brooks <br /> <br />Maurisa Turner Potts, Peter Abrahams and Martha Pheeny at DC Magazine's 5th Anniversary Party
Photo by Allison Priebe Brooks
Maurisa Turner Potts, Peter Abrahams and
Martha Pheeny at DC Magazine's 5th Anniversary
Party








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