WHCD CHARITY BRUNCH – this year? Dog Tag Bakery (scroll back to read about Dog Tag Baker)

Connie Milstein, Dog Tag Bakery

Just got back from the WHCD charity brunch….it is a once a year event and it is a charity…..I had a great time.  I thought I would share a bit of it with you.

Tammy Haddad always does a great job organizing these brunches.  I ran into lots of people…here is a sample…ABC News Rick Klein and his wife….that was fun …we talked about their kids….the CEO of MD Anderson Ron DePinho…who spends most of his time saving lives….MS/NBC’s Ronan Farrow ….he is very nice…very smart…and we both shared our dislike (hate?) for the atrocities in Africa committed by some of those African leaders…old friend Capricia Marshall…former Chief of Protocol for United States……Anita McBride….former Chief of State to First Lady Laura Bush…Kathleen Parker ….Pulitizer prize winning columnist and someone with whom I traveled to the Mid East with Mrs. Bush…..CNN’s Brian Stelter…he thanked me for his first shout out 10 years ago and his wife, Katherine McPhee and I fell for the same dog being walked outside the party (proof below!)…actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family…it is his 3rd WHCD ….most of the cast of Scandal, VEEP and House of Cards (didn’t get to meet them, but saw many of them)….Lloyd Grove …he was years ago the gossip columnist for the Washington Post and I gave him hell (ok, teased him) about all the mean stuff he used to write….my guest, Katherine McPhee ….charming….and great actress and singer….. Republican Congressman Mike Rogers…..Bret (“Dude”) Baier was there…didn’t talk to him as he was across the room from me and we see each other every day as our offices are next to each other …..Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker….we talked briefly about a project she has been working on… briefly met Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o…Connie Milstein….who has one of the biggest hearts in the nation….always, always, always helping people….Jeremy Bernard… White House Social Secretary and he is always really fun…..I feel like I have known Jeremy all my life….various members of the Military which is always very exciting and let’s face it, they look great in those uniforms…and of course my husband John Coale … everyone tells him he looks great, and many ask how he lost the weight…he has dark humor…and says ‘cancer was my diet’….and then in a good spirited way, laughs…..you have to laugh some times at the challenges in life, right?

There were many, many others….of course, since I am so short, I don’t see everyone….but bottom line.  It was fun….and I love to go to charities.  You always feel great at least trying to help.

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