The party season is in full swing and while some of us (ahem, cough cough) feel like we are quickly approaching a state of burn out (how is that possible, already?) it’s all good. Granted, the end of the tunnel is months away, but the magic carpet ride to get there is filled with lollipops, rainbows, pink ponies, and butterflies. Oh, who am I kidding? This profession is hard work, people.
Alas, we of the media and social set have made our beds and we will lie in them (next August when the season stops).
Last week was the Greater Washington Sports Alliance’s 9th annual Sneaker Ball at the National Building Museum, which basically kicked off (pun intended) the fundraising gala week on Tuesday night by honoring Redskin legend Joe Theismann. On the stage as well as mingling with we regular people, were all types of local pro athletes including players from the Redskins, Kastles and DC United.Â Corporate executives bid on various trips, experiences, products, signed memorabilia and tried to rub elbows with Under Armour founder Kevin Plank and other athletic legends like Darrell Green.Â I told GWSA founder and chair Fernando Murias (who is also a friend and adviser) that I recalled the very first Sneaker Ball which was held at the Verizon Center and I was asked to escort Darrell Green himself down the stairs as he was inducted into their hall of fame.Â How times have changed and how I greatly admire the work that GWSA has done and the name it’s built for itself.
Obviously I was out of practice because it took me a whole day and night to recover post-Sneaker Ball.Â And besides, I had to be 100% to head out well-heeled Thursday evening to the Washingtonian Style Setter party at SAX where the publication’s vetted winners posed for pictures and everyone drank a lot.Â After swinging by that, it was time for me to Uber over to the Smithsonian National Portrait building for the pretty much just about ending USA Today 30th Anniversary party and unveiling of its new look.Â As I ran in (basically tripping) guests were walking out gathering their gift bags. “Is it still going on!?” Yes, I was assured that everyone was having dessert now.Â So I made my way to the bar for a vodka martini (for some reason there was no vodka at the last event) and to see if I knew anyone. Thankfully, the first person I ran into was my dear old friend Geoff Livingston, whom I’ve known since the old NoVa tech days, the era of swinging from the rafters at eCities in Tysons Corner.Â Ahh, the good old days. We had a great time catching up, talking of his publications (he’s written a few books) and what was new in his life.
That’s part of what is so great about Washington. You can’t put a price on these types of long term relationships (well, you can if you end up doing business with them).Â It’s been so interesting to be a part of the changing landscape over the past two decades and we’ll have some comments on that in an upcoming post.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.