Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Evening with RJ Melman

A breathtaking ice sculpture featuring the Harvard crest, mouthwatering seafood towers, exquisite wine, and Millionaire’s chocolate cake with 24-karat gold helped set the stage for a vibrant evening with RJ Melman at RPM Steak on Thursday, July 16.

I hosted the evening with my Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Chicago chapter co-founders/co-chairs Benjamin Bornstein, president of Prospero Capital Management, and Anthony Chirchirillo, CEO of Chirch Global Manufacturing. “Making Lettuce Entertain You Hip” was our first HAE event, and we couldn’t be more pleased with its success.

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USRCC Ambassador Series Dinner Honoring Ambassador Pickering

On March 5, I had the very great honor of hosting the  Ambassador Series dinner honoring Career Ambassador Thomas Pickering, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston.

Ambassador Pickering is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1989-1992) and to Russia (1993-1996). His illustrious career also included ambassadorships in India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan.

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Russia Day Gala and Business Forum

More than 250 Russian nationals and Americans joined together to celebrate Russia Day with a business forum at the Park Hyatt and black-tie gala at the Drake Hotel on Thursday, June 13.

Chicago's Russia Day celebration was created in 2011 by the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, which I chair with Prince Piotr Galitzine, to honor Russia’s national holiday, which is celebrated on June 12 and commemorates the day in 1990 when the Russian parliament formally declared sovereignty over Russia.

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RETAILERS ENJOY POINTE SHOE FITTING SEMINAR

On Aug. 18 and 19, six dance retailers from Florida, Maine and Puerto Rico flew to Chicago to attend the most recent fitting seminar at Russian Pointe Dance Boutique.

The workshop kicked off on Saturday night, when I invited the retailers to one of my favorite restaurants — the same one where I celebrated my 35th birthday the week before with my closest friends.

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Children Celebrate Russia Day with Russian Book Reading

More than 30 children celebrated Russia’s national holiday with a reading of Russian version The Cinderella Ballet by Aleksandra, at Russian Pointe Dance Boutique on Friday, June 15.

The children, all of whom have at least one Russian-speaking parent, were eager to hear a story in their native language and sat attentively as I read this title from Growing Through Arts' Ballet Series.

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Celebrating Russia Day with Black-Tie Gala and Performances

More than 250 Russian nationals and Americans joined together to celebrate Russia Day at a black-tie gala at the Chicago Cultural Center on Thursday, June 14.

Hosted by the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, which I co-chair with Prince Piotr Galitzine, the event honored Russia’s national holiday, which is celebrated on June 12 and commemorates the day in 1990 when the Russian parliament formally declared sovereignty over Russia. This is only the second year that Russia Day has been celebrated in Chicago, and the first year the event included a black-tie gala.

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