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Ebong Eka and Rhonda Willingham © Tony Powell

Ebong Eka and Rhonda Willingham © Tony Powell

Whenever Erika Gutierrez and Paul Wharton get behind a cause the crowds will appear. Such was the case last night at Donovan House, where a melange of DC life came together to raise money for one of my favorite non-profits, MenzFit. Founded by Rhonda Willingham in 2001, the organization was started with a relatively simple idea: Give a suit and a start to low income men. Over 3,000 clients – laid off workers, ex offenders, homeless, recovering substance abusers, the disabled, public assistance recipients and veterans – have benefited from Willingham’s efforts in Washington, DC and now a second office in Philadelphia. The concept has expanded from simply providing professional interview clothing to offering career development and financial literacy services. The eclectic crowd around the rooftop pool last night included Host Committee members LaVar and Trish Arrington, Ebong Eka, Carlos Gutierrez Jr., Nicole Siobal, Fletcher Gill, Wright Sigmund, and Anna VanMeter. Also spotted in the crowd: Mary Barth, Anna Kimsey, Omar Popal, Will Thomas, Andrew Noyes, Seyhan Duru, Lily Mazahery, Matt Landsberg, Christina Martin, Erwin Gomez, and Mary Amons.

Mary Amons, Paul Wharton, Will Thomas © Tony Powell

Mary Amons, Paul Wharton, Will Thomas © Tony Powell

Erika Gutierrez and Fletcher Gill © Tony Powell

Erika Gutierrez and Fletcher Gill © Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

Nicole Siobal and friend © Tony Powell

Nicole Siobal and Christina Chan © Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

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Comments
  1. Victoria says:

    I’m no conspiracy theorist. However, I find it quite curious that when you cover DC events you tend to snap photos of the same ol’ people. So much so that it begs the questions: Are you paid to purposely exclude certain “types” of people? Or is such a practice a reflection of your personal bias and politics?

    Adult Swim, for example, is typically much more diverse than your photos portray. The same is true of the most recent Menzfit Cocktail event. There were substantially more professional and well-dressed people of color in attendance than your photos would have one believe. Mere coincidence or by design?

    Whichever it is, here’s a simple suggestion: Try widening your lens to include more fresh and diverse faces you don’t already know. This way, you not only paint a more accurate picture of DC’s social scene, but you also demonstrate your depth and range as a photographer.

    xoxo

    • Tony Powell says:

      I appreciate your comment. Thanks for taking the time to write it. Please introduce yourself the next time you see me. I’d like to meet the person with enough courage to write what you wrote! All Best, Tony
      301-343-7805

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