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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/23/2014, 2:25 p.m.

You may recall that last week, I spoke of a new restaurant that is about to open called Cucino Y Vino. Well, that is not the restaurant’s name. The name of the restaurant is Tio Luca, and they serve cucino y vino (food and wine). Apologies for the mishap. My bad.

A new year means it’s time for most of the not-for-profits and charities to raise new funds. Leading the pack for the new year thus far was the Vintage Vanguard cocktails and silent auction at the Jane Ballroom, held to benefit Dress for Success. The Dress for Success event raised approximately $1.8 million for the organization that provides clothing for women entering the workforce.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars and then some were raised at the Perfect Pink Party, sponsored by the Susan G. Komen organization. Luxury auction items included a rare 89-carat carved emerald butterfly brooch designed by Christopher Walling and presented by Art Jewelers; a Ferragamo Italian getaway for eight in Florence, Italy; a seven-day adventure for 12 onboard the luxury yacht O’Pari; and two VIP trip experiences, one from MasterCard and another with the Dallas Cowboys.

Susan G. Komen, provides resources for breast cancer screenings, as well as groundbreaking research grants. Most recently, scientists receiving Komen-sponsored grants discovered that there are four basic types of breast cancer. With research, there comes a cure; with a cure, we can hopefully see the complete eradication of this deadly disease in our lifetime.

Susan G. Komen is the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the United States and is the only one that provides funding for the direct care of women and men. For more information, visit komen.org.

The American Red Cross received a healthy amount of funds to keep its well from running dry, as the organization was the beneficiary of the proceeds from the Red Cross Beach Bash. Seeing how the bash was held in Palm Beach, Fla., I didn’t attend, but news of the event got to me just the same. The bash honored the late fashion resort wear icon Lilly Pulitzer.

The annual Washington Winter Show, which was formerly known as the Washington Winter Antique Show, kicked off the winter social season there and is about to do the same thing here. No, I wasn’t in D.C., but I keep my ear close to the ground.

Coming to town in just a few short weeks is the annual Winter Antique Show, held at the Park Avenue Armory. Proceeds from the opening night benefit East Side Settlement House, which is Eula Johnson’s baby in the south Bronx.

The theme of this year’s D.C. exhibit was “Southern Celebrations: Traditions Handed Down” and included an exhibition from Robert E. Lee’s birthplace, Stratford Hall. A Yankee girl like me has only one thing to say about that: I know they are not bringing that exhibition here, up North. To think, after the release of movies like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Django Unchained”—which still gives me shivers—how could the show’s producers even go there?