Fashion, Music and Art for Autism Comes to Georgetown

May 30, 2011 | by Blue Plate

Photo by CSAAC Foundation

The historic City Tavern Club will again serve as the setting for this year’s annualFashion, Music and Art for Autism” on Saturday, June 4, 2011. This charity benefit will feature a runway show with local designer fashions, classical piano performances and a silent auction.

This event, which already has several hundred individuals on the guest list, including some of the District’s most prominent business and social personalities, will raise money for Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) and will draw attention to the steep increase in autism rates, which now affect 1 in 110 children born today.

(Photo by: CSAAC Foundation)

Maggie Burgess, designer and owner of CAS Boutique in Gainesville and McLean, VA will showcase her designs made for the Washington woman on-the-go from Hunt Country to the White House.  Don Patron, a DC-based artist, will feature his “art as clothing” line. His models will also carry photos of children impacted by autism as they walk the runway.

Guests will also be treated to a classical piano performance by Julliard doctoral fellow and classical pianist, Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas.

VIP admission with runway seating is $100 per person and general admission is $50.  All proceeds will benefit CSAAC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting CSAAC, and agency  providing services to adults and children with autism, as well as educational and support programs to their families.

Guests will also have the chance to win silent auction items that include donations from local artists, restaurants, hotels, spas and salons.

Event co-chairs are Janine Schoonover, an entrepreneur active in local charities and Georgetown Business Association Member, and Rokas Beresniovas, Vice President at HSBC and board member of CSAAC Foundation. The Host Committee includes:

  • Lolly Amons, DC Artist
  • William Farrand, Blue Flame Capital
  • Wendy Gordon, Flash Communications
  • Michele Lebar, Lebar Consulting
  • Dr. Richard Meyer, President, City Tavern Club
  • Don Patron, Artist (
  • Kimberly Robinson, The Big Bang
  • Marilyn Thompson,
  • Angelique Velez, Special Assistant to Congressman Pedro Pierluisi
  • Jenny Zinn, Betsey Johnson Georgetown

The event’s Silver Sponsor is ALCO Pharmacy. Other sponsors include the Georgetown Business Association, The Latham Hotel, Beauty In DC, The Georgetown Dish, The Last Crumb, and Salon Roi.

Please contact Ayda Sanver of CSAAC Foundation at 240. 912.2256 for more information.