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Clients in the News – February 2014

Here’s what’s on the radar screen for some of Avalon’s clients:


  • Come September, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will have a new president, when Deborah F. Rutter takes over for longtime President Michael Kaiser. According to Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, “The Kennedy Center is fortunate to have found in Deborah an individual with an undeniable passion for and knowledge of the performing arts; a long, well-respected track record of managing and enhancing performing arts organizations; and a commitment to making the performing arts accessible and appealing to people of all ages and backgrounds.” For more on Ms. Rutter’s impressive background, visit the Kennedy Center’s website.


  • Senator Mark Warner’s (D-VA) re-election campaign just got a bit more interesting. Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and a former aide to President George W. Bush, recently threw his hat in the ring to challenge Senator Warner. Gillespie brings to the race a right-wing view of how Virginia should be represented, with positions on the issues that are light years away from Senator Warner’s sensible, bipartisan approach. The good news is that although Gillespie will be well-funded by the far right, Senator Warner has built an excellent foundation of support and fundraising, to match his stellar reputation in the U.S. Senate and huge popularity among Virginia voters.
  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day, National Museum for Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents NMWA Nights: Wine, Twine, and Valentine on February 12. A crafty happy hour, this event brings together hands-on, textile-inspired crafts, wine, music, and a choice of two themed tours of the museum’s collection to suit your Valentine’s Day mood: Love Hurts or Love is a Many Splendored Thing. For more information, and to register, visit NMWA’s website.


  • NWF wildlife nation screenshotThe National Wildlife Federation just launched a terrific online community designed to connect kids with wildlife. Called Wildlife Nation, NWF’s website says the community aims to attract people who enjoy doing things outside or who want to get outside more—and to connect them to other like-minded people to create a network of people who can help each other connect kids to nature. People who join the community can upload pictures, tell stories, and ask questions. Once there, people can find resources to create a habitat in their backyard, plant trees, or camp and fish. To learn more and to sign up the kids in your life, visit NWF’s Wildlife Nation Homepage.