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

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?

If that wasn’t enough, I also heard that a special dinner was served at some point in the evening, between all of the browsing, cooing and conversing. On the menu was chicken pot pie, barbecued beef, sweet onion pie, grits, Brussels sprouts and biscuits. Yuck! What is sweet about onion pie? Brussels sprouts, please. The combination of barbecued beef and chicken pot pie sounds like yin and yang to me. C’mon, serve one or the other but not both—and not with grits. Can it get any worse? Sounds like whoever prepared this menu had one too many—I don’t know one too many of what, but whatever it was, it was definitely funky. Just pass around the biscuits.

On to more delightful topics. So how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? I’ve managed to finally fulfill a resolution that I made years ago but was never able to get off the ground until now. I am drinking more water, and I mean lots of it. Blame it on the holiday wines that left me dehydrated, but whatever the impetus, I’ll take it. Once I got started, it became easier and easier to drink water, and now I drink it all of the time. I was at a gathering the other evening where one of the guests was actually drinking a glass of water instead of the usual pass around drinks and it looked so refreshing that I was salivating. I’ll leave out some of the gory details—like how I had to go to the bathroom all day long—but the best part is, I am losing weight. Hot digity, I got to bag it up!

All is pretty quiet on the local scene. Everyone is tucked in, warm and snuggly as the weather has been too erratic: arctic cold one day, warm the next and, overall, just one grey day after the next. Reflections on the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were the order of the day this past week. Did you know that King was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement?

King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta and was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. He married Coretta Scott King in 1953 and had been married 15 years when he died in 1968.

Amongst the many awards he received during his lifetime were the Noble Peace Prize, Time’s Person of the Year, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Spingarn Medal, Margaret Sanger Awards and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.

He was the father to Dexter Scott King, Yolanda King, Bernice King and Martin Luther King III. Martin Luther King Jr. was a graduate of Morehouse College (1944-48), Crozer Theological Seminary (1948–51) and Boston University (1954–55).

Well, maybe you did know all of that, but did you know that when he was born, he was named Michael but later changed his name from Michael to Martin after his father adopted the name Martin in honor of the Protestant leader Martin Luther? Peace be still.