Dining, Chocolate & Wine

February 17th

Auction Items

Wine & Chocolate baskets
Portable Grill
The Rossini-Careme Dinner: A Night to Remember for Six
Friends Cabin weekend in VA Handmade
Furry Pillows
Pickleball Adventure for up to 4 couples
Teeth Whitening Treatment donated by Joe Kravitz
Sports Memorabilia
Golf bag
Sunset Photo print by Kent Mason
Silk Scarves
Restaurant Gift Cards
Beach House Rental for a Week
Spanish chocolate and wine basket
And many more other items.
Some items will be auctioned live.


Salad Course : Beet Salad w/Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese, Arugula & Endive w/Sherry Vinaigrette

Entrée: Mocha Crusted Beef Short Ribs w/Potato Parsnip & Grilled Asparagus Grill Vegetarian Option: Portobella Mushroom Bombay w/mushroom, zucchini, squash, eggplant, fontina cheese & basil and balsamic

Dessert: Chocolate Passion Fruit Mousse Cake

Amanda Coffey and Rueben Rosario – Montgomery County Police Department

February 9th

Lieutenant Rueben Rosario is a Howard Law School graduate and a thirteen-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Departement.  He formerly worked as a Detective in the Drug Interdiction Unit and a Sergeant in the Rockville Detective Bureau and Special Assignment Team.  He currently serves as Lieutenant in the Field Services Bureau, which oversees Traffic, Special Operation, Animal Services, Office of Public Information Divisions.  Lt. Rosario frequently speaks at community engagement events regarding safety, race relations and crime.  Lt. Rosario strives to build relationships in every part of our community by providing the highest quality police service possible and serving everyone who lives, works and visits Montgomery County.

Detective Amanda Coffey is a seven-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department.  She studied Criminal Justice at Mount St. Mary's University and was a patrol officer in the 4th District.  Det. Coffey is currently assigned to the Centralized Auto Theft Section.  In addition to her current position, she is also active with Project Lifesaver, a program designed to protect and quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life-threatening behavior of wandering.  Det. Coffey strives to increase citizen participation in crime prevention and community engagement programs.

Christopher B. Emery , Topic: White House Usher: Stories from the Inside.

February 2nd

Chris Emery grew up on a farm in Howard County Maryland; he attended public schools, and earned his Bachelor's degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland. Chris has more than 40 years of information technology experience, including 25 years with the federal government. He has been the head of software applications development, a Chief Enterprise Architect, and a Chief Information Officer. From January 1986 until March 1994, Chris was part of one of the most unique jobs in the U.S. government—an Usher in the White House. After eight-plus years at the White House, he returned to the private sector then later rejoined the federal government in senior information technology management positions, working for the US Congress, Departments of Treasury, Homeland Security, and Justice. Today Chris lives in Washington DC. For more than 200 years, a small office has operated on the State Floor of the White House Executive Residence. Known as the Ushers Office whose mission is to accommodate the personal needs of the first family and make the White House feel like a home. The Ushers Office is the managing office of the Executive Residence and its staff of 90-plus. The staff consists of butlers, carpenters, grounds personnel, electricians, painters, plumbers, florists, maids, housemen, cooks, chefs, storekeepers, curators, calligraphers, doormen, and administrative support. Ushers work closely with the first family, senior staff, Social Office, Press Office, Secret Service Agency, and military leaders to carry out White House functions: luncheons, dinners, teas, receptions, meetings, conferences, and more. Chris was only the 18th White House usher since 1891, and had the honor and privilege to serve presidential families for three years during the Reagan administration, four years for President H. W. Bush, and 14 months under President Clinton. His vigneties recreate intimate White House happenings from an insider’s viewpoint.