- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2002

It's no easy task getting a busy crowd of overachievers to come to a suburban department store for cocktails on a sunny weekend afternoon.
Washington Life magazine's Men of Substance and Style Awards did exactly that on Sunday, however, drawing an attractive and eclectic group of about 400 for an inaugural charity event benefiting Heads Up DC at Saks Fifth Avenue in Tysons Corner II.
Sipping multicolored martinis and munching on tuna tartare, baklava and shrimp amid displays of the latest Prada and Dolce and Gabbana creations, media and public relations types chatted up socialites, businesspeople and models before a fashion show and ceremony honoring the 10 awardees.
Sighted: Washington Ballet Chairwoman Kay Kendall; NBC correspondent David Gregory; former diplomat Joe Gildenhorn; Govinda Gallery owner Chris Murray; Suzanne Cooke; Holiday Hayes; Fred and Marlene Malek and their daughter, Michele Malek du Pont; and Tandy and Wyatt Dickerson, who wouldn't have missed seeing Mr. Dickerson's son, Time magazine White House correspondent John Dickerson, pick up his award.
AOL executive and Washington Capitals co-owner Jack Davies said he had "no clue" why he had been selected but added that the event "shines a spotlight on doing good things for the community."
The "emphasis on substance is particularly important in these difficult times," Mr. Davies said, noting that all of the men selected balance busy professional lives with worthwhile volunteer activities.
The good-natured honorees all survived having to ride an escalator slowly down into the middle of the men's sportswear department, where Washington Life Editor Nancy Bagley and Channel 4 news anchor Barbara Harrison, the evening's mistress of ceremonies, presented the awards. They included Rep. Harold Ford Jr., the youngest member of the House of Representatives when he was elected in 1996; Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas Gansler; educator C. Marc Harper; musician Marcus Johnson; entrepreneur Chris Olson; businessmen Brett Pfeffer and Bill Tiefel; and Washingon Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre.
None seemed to mind giving up a game of golf or other leisurely pursuit to help Heads Up DC, a nonprofit organization that assists children with tutoring, after-school programs and summer activities.
"We wanted to get involved with a charity event and also those who serve the community" said Washington Life marketing manager Jayne Sandman, who organized the event with Miss Bagley. "The event was a great way to bring style and substance together."

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