Monthly Archives: April 2010

Successful fundraiser for Coprodeli USA in Washington, D.C.

Executive Director Vanessa Keating of Coprodeli USA and Director of Program Development Alycia Ebbinghaus, Coprodeli USA

Executive Director Vanessa Keating of Coprodeli USA and Director of Program Development Alycia Ebbinghaus, Coprodeli USA

THE 4TH ANNUAL COCINA de Coprodeli – “An Exploration of Peruvian Gastronomy and Culture” – was held on Thursday evening, April 1, at the Council of Foreign Relations offices on F Street, Northwest, in Washington, D.C. The event, which was sponsored by the Embassy of Peru and Coprodeli USA, included Latin American dishes prepared by local chefs from restaurants Mio, Las Canteras, Yorktown Bistro, Redwood and the Embassy of Peru. Restaurants Caf?Atlantico, Funxion and Mio also made pisco sours, the Peruvian national cocktail. The pisco was provided by Macchu Pisco and wine by Brassfield Estate Winery. Vibrant music and dance, including a performance by Mamauca with its unique style of African-Peruvian dance, were also included in the successful evening’s celebration.

COPRODELI USA (www.coprodeliusa.org) is a nonprofit organization that aids Peruvian families by providing fundamental necessities, promoting education and job training, and developing strong self-sustaining community programs. Coprodeli founder Padre Miguel Ranera has been working in impoverished communities of Peru for 25 years. He formalized his vision in 1989 and established Copradeli that year as a nonprofit organization. Coprodeli USA supports the work of Coprodeli Peru through financial and in-kind donations, volunteer support, social investments and strategic development. Padre Miguel Ranera is a 2010 semi-finalist for the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (www.schwabfoundation.org). A Coprodeli USA Independence Day Party will be held in Washington, D.C. on July 28.

THE NAME Coprodeli is an acronym from the combination of the words community, promotion, development and liberation.

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Launch Party for Acura ZDX with exhibition of work by photographer Erik Madigan Heck at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Photographer Erik Madigan Heck and Susie Rossick, who is the manager, National Advertising, Acura Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Photographer Erik Madigan Heck and Susie Rossick, who is the manager, National Advertising, Acura Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

GUESTS COULD check out several examples of the all-new 2010 Acura ZDX four-door sports coupe at a launch party at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, April 1.

THE EVENT ALSO featured an exhibition of work by famous photographer Erik Madigan Heck. Having shot collections of designers such as Valentino, Lanvin, Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier and Helmut Lang, Madigan Heck is an emerging force in fashion photography as well as fine art photography. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the influential Nomenus Quarterly, and his work is part of several international museums and private collections.

Photographer Erik Madigan Heck and Lee Barona, Director of the National Call Center at the American Diabetes Association

Photographer Erik Madigan Heck and Lee Barona, Director of the National Call Center at the American Diabetes Association

Evan and Pierre Rahall

Evan and Pierre Rahall

Ronit Garjy of Parlay Productions, Susie Mar of Ovation, and Suzi Molak, events director at Long View Gallery

Ronit Garjy of Parlay Productions, Susie Mar of Ovation, and Suzi Molak, events director at Long View Gallery

Margo French and Robert MacDonald

Margo French and Robert MacDonald

Jess Park and Siobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery

Jess Park and Siobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery

Mike Russell, business manager of Pohanka Acura, and Bret Rogerson, sales consultant at Pohanka Acura

Mike Russell, business manager of Pohanka Acura, and Bret Rogerson, sales consultant at Pohanka Acura

Suni Aboughaddareh

Suni Aboughaddareh

Dechelle Harris

Dechelle Harris

Women’s History Month celebrated with writer Marie Arana at the Embassy of Peru in Washington

Blanca Ochoa of the Embassy of Peru and writer Marie Arana, the featured speaker at a celebration of Women's History Month at the Peruvian Embassy on Wednesday evening.

Blanca Ochoa of the Embassy of Peru and writer Marie Arana, the featured speaker at a celebration of Women’s History Month at the Peruvian Embassy on Wednesday evening.

WRITER Marie Arana was the speaker at a celebration of Women’s History Month that was held at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, March 31. Ms. Arana, who was introduced by Peruvian Ambassador Lu? M. Valdivieso, talked about her writings, work and experiences growing up and living bicultural in the United States and facing cultural integration in a different continent.

MS. ARANA WAS born in Lima, Peru, to a Peruvian father and an American mother and spent her first nine years in the country before the family moved to New York. She is the former editor of The Washington Post Book Review section and is now a Writer-at-Large for the newspaper and Kluge Distinguished Scholar at the Library of Congress. Additionally, Ms. Arana is the author of the award-winning memoir “American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood,” as well as the novels “Cellophane” and “Lima Nights.”

Ambassador of Peru to the U.S. Lu? M. Valdivieso and Mrs. Cecilia Valdivieso

Ambassador of Peru to the U.S. Lu? M. Valdivieso and Mrs. Cecilia Valdivieso

Cristina Zamora and Vanessa Keating

Cristina Zamora and Vanessa Keating, executive director of Coprodeli USA, an organization that supports the work of Coprodeli in Peru, which provides aid to poor Peruvian families (www.coprodeliusa.org).