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Celebrating our Second Anniversary: Our Playlist and Photos

If you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook and/or LinkedIn, you already know that we celebrated our Second Anniversary last week with a reception at Nopa Kitchen + Bar here in DC. The Gallery Room at Nopa was filled with colleagues, clients and friends, including people we’ve known for years and others we’ve met recently. We had a terrific time and were honored, flattered and so appreciative of all of the people who joined us.

Two weeks is enough time to celebrate a second anniversary so we thought we’d close out the celebration today by sharing the playlist and photos from the event.

If you joined us last week and don’t remember hearing music, don’t worry that you missed it. There were so many people that the music was drowned out by the sounds of happy conversations, laughter and the clinking of glasses! We'll file that under future event planning considerations. In the meantime, here's our business/celebration/anniversary-themed event playlist:

  • I’m Every Woman/Respect, Aretha Franklin

  • Integrity, Aretha Franklin

  • The Best Is Yet To Come, Chaka Khan

  • Got to Be Real, Cheryl Lynn

  • Everybody Says Don’t (From “Anyone Can Whistle”), Cleo Laine

  • I’m Still Here (From “Follies”), Cleo Laine

  • Smile, Diane Reeves

  • The Long Way Around, Dixie Chicks

  • Some Days You Gotta Dance, Dixie Chicks

  • Give Me The Simple Life, Ella Fitzgerald

  • Anything Goes, Ella Fitzgerald

  • Conqueror, Estelle and Jussie Smollett

  • Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac

  • Don’t Stop Believing, Glee Cast version

  • Don’t Look Down (The Sequel), Go West

  • Never Let Them See You Sweat, Go West

  • Proud, Heather Small

  • Smile, Hil St. Soul

  • Queen of Swords, Idina Menzel

  • Strength, Courage & Wisdom, India.Arie

  • Just Do You, India.Arie

  • Lights and Virtues, Jackson Browne

  • Golden, Jill Scott

  • Prove Yourself, Joan Armatrading

  • Kind Words (And A Real Good Heart), Joan Armatrading

  • Walking on Sunshine, Katrina & the Waves

  • Raise You Up/Just Be, Kinky Boots Cast

  • I Believe In You, Kylie Minogue

  • Shine, Laura Izibor

  • Big Time, Linda Eder

  • Ain’t What You Do, Lisa Stansfield

  • Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, Luther Vandross

  • Moving On Up, M People

  • Golden Days, Matt Bianco featuring Basia

  • Back in Town, Matt Dusk

  • Window of Hope, Oleta Adams

  • New Attitude, Patti Labelle

  • Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money), Pet Shop Boys

  • A Change Would Do You Good, Sheryl Crow

  • Shine On, Simply Red

  • Breakout, Swing Out Sister

  • Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears for Fears

  • Overnight Sensation, Tina Turner

  • Better Be Good To Me, Tina Turner

  • I Will Be, Wynonna Judd

As we wrap up this year's celebration, we've included a sampling below of some of the many excellent photos our photographer John Jack Gallagher of John Jack Photography took to document this wonderful evening. If you’re following us on social media, you’ve likely already seen these pictures, but we liked them so much we wanted to share them here as well. You all look terrific!

We hope you enjoy the playlist and pictures. We certainly enjoyed spending a little bit of time with all of you. Thank you for joining us in-person (or online) to help us celebrate our first two years. Onward and upward!

Outside view of Nopa Kitchen + Bar and party inside

Second Anniversary Celebration at Nopa Kitchen + Bar

Ben Finzel and team NAWB - Yenory Garcia-Pouncil and Ron Painter

Ben Finzel and Chris Cimko of Cimko Strategies

Ben Finzel and Team NGA - Elena Waskey and Tiffany Shackelford

Ben Finzel with Lisa Jacobson of BCSE

Ben Finzel with Katherine Hamilton of 38 North Solutions

Gideon Malone, Arvind Manocha and Mark Pimble

Ben Finzel with former FleishmanHillard colleagues

Ben Finzel with Nona Richardson of Mitch Rich Communications

Ben Finzel with Rozanne Weissman

Ben Finzel with Kateri Callahan of Alliance to Save Energy

Ben Finzel with Barbara Delollis

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