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Contact: Don Michael Mendoza
Email: mailto:manofthedistrict@gmail.com
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2018 Man of the District Announces

Judges, Featured Performer, Contestants, and MCs

Real Housewives of Potomac’s Ashley Boalch Darby and WUSA9’s Markette Sheppard join prominent DC women from the media, marketing, and theater on judging panel.

Washington, DC – Man of the District is excited to announce the judges, contestants, featured performer, and emcees that will appear at the May 7 event at Penn Social in Chinatown.

2018 Man of the District Judges

Ashley Boalch Darby – Star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac, she is a Maryland native with a spicy personality and an unmatched drive to succeed. The oldest child in her family, Ashley grew up juggling multiple jobs to help support her single mom and younger siblings. When she turned 18, she attended the University of Maryland and bartended on the side to keep both her and her family financially stable. Full Biography

Karen Maria Alston – Founder/CEO of Alston Marketing Group and an innovative women’s empowerment non-profit called The Spectrum. Alston works with government and non-profits developing marketing campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Unites States. Full biography

Jessica Hansen – Hansen co-founded and currently serves as Artistic Director of Lean & Hungry Theater, which creates audio adaptations of Shakespeare and other classics to support teachers and students in the classroom, and to make quality theatre accessible to everyone. Lean & Hungry’s shows are currently heard on public radio stations in eight states and the District of Columbia, with an estimated audience of 42,000 listeners for each show. Full biography

Tara Lewis – Lewis is Yelp‘s Senior Regional Director of Marketing and spends her days finding fun and creative ways to build community and connect people to amazing local businesses throughout over 20 cities across North America. Despite her travels, she remains in a committed relationship to her hometown of Washington DC, where she also serves as a #WeDC Ambassador and member of NFTE’s E-Council. Full Biography

Elaine Perhach – Elaine serves as the Spa Director for Aura spa at VIDA Fitness. She has been nationally certified and licensed as a massage therapist since she joined VIDA in 2007. Elaine oversees all operations and development at VIDA Renaissance and assists in the company wide operation of Aura spa. Full biography

Featured Performer

Brandon Showell – The Virginia/Washington D.C. based artist, Brandon Showell has been at it for years. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Brandon made his professional debut with the group 4Shore. The group consisted of four solo artists who decided to form a power-house vocal group in high school, 2008. 4Shore began singing on platforms (Beach Street U.S.A) at the Virginia Beach Ocean Front that year and started to gain a lot of attention from locals and tourists. Their following grew on YouTube, as they posted impressive, raw, passionate covers such as Shai’s “If I Ever Fall in Love” and “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Day 26. Brandon and 4Shore were gaining even more momentum and in 2011 were contestants on Season 1 of FOX’s The X-Factor. The group worked with industry icons Simon Cowell, Pharrell Williams, L.A. Reed, Paula Abdul, and Nicole Scherzinger. After being eliminated from The X-Factor, 4Shore traveled to Atlanta, GA and continued to pursue a career as music artists. In 2012 Brandon decided to leave 4Shore and finish college in VA; the group dis-banded soon after, but remain great friends.

The singer/songwriter/actor, has finished college and earned degrees in Music and English from George Mason University (’14). Brandon continued to perform and teach voice lessons, as well as middle school English. The burning desire to get on stage never left and Brandon spent nearly a year performing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Showell continued to study with vocal coach, Sam Shin of El Melody Vocal Studio for a year and decided to audition for NBC’s The Voice. Full Biography

The Man of the District Contestants

Each Man of the District contestant will present a 90–second talent of his choosing, model business wear, and answer an impromptu interview question related to the District. Half of the available points for competition are awarded for fundraising efforts and advance ticket sales.

Full List of Contestants

Masters of Ceremonies

Briana Kinsey has felt the calling to healing the first time she held the hand of a child at Children’s Hospital. She realized then her college major would have to be changed from marketing to medicine. Two years later, her mother and both grandparents would be diagnosed with diabetes and the calling became a mission. In 2012, Briana founded the non-profit Daring to Defeat Diabetes to advocate, educate and fund raise around the issue of the 6th leading cause of death in the country. Full Biography

Don Michael Mendoza – In January 2012, Don Michael co-founded La Ti Do and currently serves as its Executive Artistic Director. Recently, Don Michael also founded Producing The District; a new blog on his producing experiences in Washington, DC and in cities around the country. Through this, he offers the backstage perspective on the trials and tribulations of an often overlooked position when people think of the entertainment industry. Full Biography

About Man of the District

Man of the District is a 7-year-old event that has raised more than $70,000 for Children’s National with every dollar staying in the District. Funds support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the center’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Competition will begin at 7 p.m. Each candidate will present a 90-second talent of his choosing, model business wear, and answer an impromptu interview question related to the District. Half of the available points for competition are awarded for fundraising efforts and advance ticket sales.

Tickets are now available for $15 via THIS LINK or at the door beginning at 6 p.m. Penn Social is located at 801 E Street Northwest.

Don Michael Mendoza, Executive Artistic Director La-Ti-Do Productions in partnership with the Miss District of Columbia Scholarship Organization, produces the Man of the District competition.

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Contact: Don Michael Mendoza

Email: manofthedistrict@gmail.com

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2017 Man of the District Announces  Judges, Featured Performer, Contestants, and MCs

Washington, DC – Man of the District is excited to announce the judges, contestants, featured performer, and emcees that will appear at the May 22 event at Penn Social in Chinatown.

 2017 Man of the District Judges

 

Ashley Boalch Darby

Ashley Boalch Darby – Star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac, she is a Maryland native with a spicy personality and an unmatched drive to succeed. The oldest child in her family, Ashley grew up juggling multiple jobs to help support her single mom and younger siblings. When she turned 18, she attended the University of Maryland and bartended on the side to keep both her and her family financially stable. Full Biography

Markette Sheppard

 Markette Sheppard – Host of Great Day Washingtonon WUSA 9, the CBS station in our nation’s capital, she’s also winner of a 2017 national Telly Award and the 2016 CableFAX award for Best Talk Show Host in the region. Full Biography

 

 

 

Karen Marie Alston

Karen Maria Alston – Founder/CEO of Alston Marketing Group and an innovative women’s empowerment non-profit called The Spectrum. Alston works with government and non-profits developing marketing campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Unites States. Full biography

 

 

Jessica Hansen

Jessica Hansen – Hansen co-founded and currently serves as Artistic Director of Lean & Hungry Theater, which creates audio adaptations of Shakespeare and other classics to support teachers and students in the classroom, and to make quality theatre accessible to everyone. Lean & Hungry’s shows are currently heard on public radio stations in eight states and the District of Columbia, with an estimated audience of 42,000 listeners for each show. Full biography                    

Elaine Percach

Elaine Perhach – Elaine serves as the Spa Director for Aura spa at VIDA Fitness. She has been nationally certified and licensed as a massage therapist since she joined VIDA in 2007. Elaine oversees all operations and development at VIDA Renaissance and assists in the company wide operation of Aura spa. Full biography

 

Featured Performer

Man of the District 2017 Featured Performer Jesus Hernandez

Tenor Jesus Daniel Hernandez was born and raised in Juarez Mexico, and moved to the United States as a teenager. In 2003 Mr Hernández chose to enlist in the US Army, and soon after, volunteered to serve in a Chemical Unit being deployed to Iraq. In 2007, a chance encounter with Plácido Domingo in San Antonio, TX changed his life. After a concert given by Maestro Domingo, Specialist Hernández asked if he could sing for the great tenor to see what the Maestro thought of his voice. Upon hearing the young soldier sing, Maestro Domingo invited the tenor to join the prestigious Plácido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera. Full Biography

 The Man of the District Contestants

Each Man of the District contestant will present a 90–second talent of his choosing, model business wear, and answer an impromptu interview question related to the District. Half of the available points for competition are awarded for fundraising efforts and advance ticket sales.

Full List of Contestants

Masters of Ceremonies

 

Tara Lewis

Tara Lewis – Lewis is Yelp‘s Senior Regional Director of Marketing and spends her days finding fun and creative ways to build community and connect people to amazing local businesses throughout over 20 cities across North America. Despite her travels, she remains in a committed relationship to her hometown of Washington DC, where she also serves as a #WeDC Ambassador and member of NFTE’s E-Council. Full Biography

 

DonMike Mendoza

Don Michael Mendoza – In January 2012, Don Michael co-founded La Ti Do and currently serves as its Executive Artistic Director. Recently, Don Michael also founded Producing The District; a new blog on his producing experiences in Washington, DC and in cities around the country. Through this, he offers the backstage perspective on the trials and tribulations of an often overlooked position when people think of the entertainment industry. Full Biography

About Man of the District

 Man of the District is a 6-year-old event that has raised more than $70,000 for Children’s National with every dollar staying in the District. Funds support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the center’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Competition will begin at 7 p.m. Each candidate will present a 90-second talent of his choosing, model business wear, and answer an impromptu interview question related to the District. Half of the available points for competition are awarded for fundraising efforts and advance ticket sales.

Tickets are now available for $15 via THIS LINK or at the door beginning at 6 p.m. Penn Social is located at 801 E Street Northwest.

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Don Michael Mendoza, Executive Artistic Director of the La-Ti-Do DC/NYC cabaret series in partnership with the Miss District of Columbia Scholarship Organization, produces the Man of the District competition.


April 18, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 16, 2016

MAN OF THE DISTRICT TO BE NAMED AT PENN SOCIAL

Fundraiser benefits Children’s National Medical Center

Washington, DC – Penn Quarter will be even more handsome on Monday, May 16 as men compete to be named The 2016 Man of the District with all proceeds benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center.

The 5-year-old event has raised more than $70,000 for Children’s National with every dollar staying in the District. Funds support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the center’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Competition will begin at 7 p.m. Each candidate will present a 90–second talent of his choosing, model business wear, and answer an impromptu interview question related to the District. Half of the available points for competition are awarded for fundraising efforts and advance ticket sales.

Haely Jardas, Miss District of Columbia 2016, and Don Michael Mendoza, Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director of LaTiDowill serve as masters of ceremonies.

Tickets are available for $15 starting on Monday, April 25th via THIS LINK or at the door beginning at 6 p.m.  Penn Social is located at 801 E Street Northwest.

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