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District Sample Sale Proves That Fashion and Charity Go Hand In Hand

Last night, Georgetown's M Street was abuzz as hundreds of fashionable women—from up and down the east coast—attended the District Sample Sale. The event is hosted twice-annually by the District Sample Sale Foundation, which was founded by Real Housewives of D.C. star Mary Schmidt Amons, Shannon Haley, Liberty Jones, Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman. Prior to this eighth installment of the Sale, the Foundation had raised over $187,000 for local charities.

The event was fabulous. It boasted discounted designer merchandise from more than two dozen boutiques and a first-class silent auction. Shoppers were pampered with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and an all-new VitaminWater Zero "relaxation station." There, we enjoyed complimentary massages, polish changes by Deborah Lippmann, and ice cold samples of VitaminWater Zero.

The District Sample Sale is known as "the season's most fashionable charitable event," and I can attest that the name is well-deserved. In fact, with each installment of the Sale, the Foundation chooses another deserving charity to receive all after-event proceeds. The Fall 2010 benefactor is GW Mammovan, a mobile digital mammogram screening service provided by the George Washington University Medical Center, GW Medical Faculty Associates, and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. To date, GW Mammovan has detected 71 cases of breast cancer and served over 19,000 local women.

When asked about the event, Mary Amons noted that the Foundation is pleased to have "sold 300 more tickets than were sold in the spring." And her excitement was apparent as she added, "I'm very excited to see a big fat check written to GW Mammovan."