Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Recap: Jennifer F. Lewis Foundation Birthday Weekend

This past weekend, hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of Jennifer F. Lewis, a dynamic young woman who lost her battle to ovarian cancer. An extremely intelligent young woman, most people knew Jennifer as a fun-loving girl who loved to "have a ball"! So, for her birthday weekend, thanks to her family and her linesisters, we remembered her life and also raised funds for the newly formed Jennifer F. Lewis Foundation.

An artist at Lemongrass in Baltimore paints a portrait of Jennifer

At Lemongrass in Baltimore, by 11 PM the place was packed...so packed you could barely walk through without bumping into someone. I knew it'd be packed since I received three text messages from three different Baltimore promoters so I actually got there before midnight...

Patrons had been there since happy hour time enjoying the great Asian food and sipping on Lemongrass martinis (they are amazing!) The back room that was carefully tucked away from the dance floor/general commotion and held most of Jennifer's family and close friends. It also included two artists who were doing portraits of Jennifer, which added a nice grown and sexy feel to the party.

Jennifer's neos enjoying the party at Lemongrass

Unfortunately, by 12:45 AM the party got shut down by the fire marshal (I guess the party was too hot!) but that didn't deter people from setting up an after party...I figured I'd save my energy and join everyone in DC the next night at Station 9 on U Street.

Jennifer's linesisters who were great fundraiser coordinators!

Unlike Lemongrass that offered people the opportunity to party or relax and chill, Station 9 was all poppin'. Similar to weeks before DJ K.I. provided the best tunes to get the party right. Earlier in the day it snowed so I expected a dull crowd...but no...not tonight.

It was one of the few occasions where I lost my 'cute' and actually danced and it felt great. Because there was a private party on the second floor, patrons had to navigate on the first floor that got pretty crowded toward the end of the night. And although the door was a little confusing nobody seemed to care...it was an overall enjoyable night.

Some of DC's best promoters came out to support Talk of DC like Dave of Dave and Ray and up and comers such as Kimiko and Steven Butler.

A great weekend to bring awareness to ovarian cancer and if you missed it but still want to make a donation, please send to: P.O. Box 32832
Pikesville, MD 21282