L’Air at One Lounge


March 14, 2011 | by
Photo by Wendy Gordon

Christine & Rokas Beresniovas

Christine & Rokas Beresniovas

It was a little speakeasy; a little Roaring Twenties on Saturday evening as One Lounge opened its doors for a DC Air Society event benefiting the Kunsberg School for chronically ill children on the campus of National Jewish Health®.

Guests including the GBA’s Rokas Beresniovas and his wife, Christine, donned Fedoras, feather boas and beads taking over the club in Dupont for a worthy cause.   Although none had to whisper the immortal “Joe sent me…” to gain entrance, invited guests spent the evening enjoying cocktails, dancing and some light bites.

The AIR Society was founded in 1991 when a group of young

Guests crowded One Lounge to benefit the DC Air Society
(Photo by: Wendy Gordon) Guests crowded One Lounge to benefit the DC Air Society

professionals with the common tie of having loved ones came together because some of them or their family members that have had been treated for asthma, allergies and/or immune system disorders at National Jewish Health.   The AIR Society expanded from New York to include a group in Denver in 2001 and now has added this chapter in Washington, DC, which held its inaugural event in May 2010.  Since its inception more than $2.5 million has been raised for this cause.National Jewish Health For more than 110 years, National Jewish Health has been at the forefront of research and medicine, integrating the latest scientific discoveries with coordinated care for lung, heart and immune diseases.

For more information on DC Air Society or to donate, see www.dcairsociety.org

14 Comments For This Article

Mary Mar. 15, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

DC’s society and environment is honored to have this beautiful couple engaged in our daily routine and activities. It’s a blessing to have so knowledgeable persons enriching our District’s daily life.

Christine and Rokas, keep you the extraordinary work! And, thank you for your support in DC’s activities. The fun and the extra mile to make them unique won’t be possible without YOU!

Kimberly Mar. 15, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

First off, I just have to say that I seldom comment on these types of things, but I think the spirit of the comments on this article are distasteful.

As a member of the Host Committee of the DC AIR Society, I hope I can speak for us all and say that we didn’t get involved in volunteering our time, energy, networks, or money for the purpose of shameless self-promotion in a local publication. The purpose of the DC AIR event was to raise funds for the Kunsberg School that benefits chronically ill children, a cause that Rokas has dedicated his time and resources to for years, furthermore, serving on the Executive Committee. I highly doubt that Rokas had any knowledge that his picture woud appear in this article, nor would he have wanted to take the shine off of the reason we were all there on Saturday night.

Rokas is a stand up man, who has dedicated a lot of his time and good spirit to bettering our community, whether it be with the Humane Society, Fashion For Autism, or as the Vice President of the Georgetown Business Association, to name a few.

I doubt either of you had anything negative to say when certain members of DC society would show up to events to nosh on free drinks and food after not dedicating a second, a dollar, or any ounce of caring, but were splashed all over the pages of every news outlet, because they were nothing more than a pretty face. Since when is being a charitable, kind-hearted, and successful member of society cause for a public flogging?

To that end, I am disgusted at the gall of the commenters to say anything negative about a person who has done nothing more than dedicate his life to giving back. Might I suggest if you are so very tired of seeing Rokas’ picture in The Dish, that you refrain from reading, or better yet, get involved. Perhaps then, we can see your ‘anonymous’ face splashed across the media, and some cynical onlooker can bash you for your contributions..

Anonymous Mar. 15, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

Ha ha ha. Oh, Anonymous, why so bitter about a person obviously doing great work in the community? Are you so small minded that you can’t focus on the great cause! DC Air has a great ambassador in this “Rokas” as he is obviously out there promoting worthwhile events in the community – and someone should mentioned he IS on the executive committee for DC AIR Society, so I am not sure what your problem is here! What a shame jealous people can’t let good work be the focus here. Keep up the good work, Rokas.

Mary Mar. 15, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

DC’s society is honored to have Mr. Beresniovas and his beautiful wife involved in our daily activities. It’s a priviledge to count with the compromise of leaders of this nature who always support valuable causes and provide that extra mile. Your collaboration in the Air Society was key to its success. Thaks for your usual support!

The Fedoras, beads and all the stuff you provided made our night magical for a wonderful cause. Thanks! Keep up the excellent work!

Christine Beresniova Mar. 15, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

Thank you Mary. Rokas is one of the founding members of the DC AIR Society, and my mother was actually a researcher with National Jewish Hospital in Denver for over 3 years doing respiratory science– which is why we got involved in the first place! This is a cause we are very connected to, so we are not sure why this seems to bother “anonymous” so much. Rokas also serves on a number of other community boards in Georgetown because we care about this community so much. We won’t let obvious naysayers keep us from serving the community, which is a privilege for us, and certainly won’t balk if our service is not “recognized.” That’s not why we do it! Still, what a sad day when community service becomes a bone of contention! Don’t we have more important things to worry about! Rokas and I appreciate all who recognize that the service is the point here, not the people doing it!

Anonymous Mar. 15, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

DC Air does great work and is blessed to have leaders like Rokas and others taking such an active interest and dedicating their time, talent and energy to this group and may others in our community. Keep up the great work!

billfarrand Mar. 16, 2011 @ 8:55 am

Glad to see the President of the Georgetown Business Association in Dupont Circle. He and his wife make elegant Ambassadors from that neighborhood to ours. And, for such a worthy cause! I, for one, never “tire” of seeing photographs of his lovely wife, Christine. Bravo to Rokas and Christine and to all that attended. Cheers to The Air Society, too. What an amazing amount of money raised to date! Continued success!

Beth Mar. 16, 2011 @ 11:36 am

Rokas is the Vice President of the Georgetown Business Association, Joe Giannino is the President.

Beth Mar. 16, 2011 @ 11:44 am

If Rokas is one of the founding members of the DC AIR Society, this fact should have been included in the article. That is certainly more relevant than the fact that he is a GBA Member.

billfarrand Mar. 16, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

Oops, sorry about that. No disrespect intended. Thank you for correcting me. Bill

Janet Mar. 16, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

I think the real issue is that Rokas’s picture continues to grace the cover of articles as if he was Waldo. I think the onus is on the DISH to start to incorporate other members of the Georgetown Community on this site.

While I commend Rokas’s promotion at HSBC there are other members of the community with impressive careers who I have yet to see profiled on the Dish.

It is time for the Dish to start digging deeper and publish articles on Georgetown’s many outstanding entrepreneurs.

Anonymous Mar. 16, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

We love Rokas! He has done a lot of good things for our comunity.

Ayda Mar. 16, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

Perhaps the reason the same people come up over and over again is because they do GOOD WORK for the community. As a more recent friend of Rokas and Christine, I see they never stop moving and alwyas seek out projects to support. Many of us could benefit from their example of endless energy in making the world a better place.

Anonymous Mar. 17, 2011 @ 10:08 am

You rock!