2016 ‘Man of the District’ on Monday, April 16th at 7 PM at Penn Social: Meet the Judges, Contestants, & Masters of Ceremony

2016 Man of the District Announces Featured Performer, Judges, and Contestants

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Monday, May 16th at 7 PM at Penn Social -801 E Street Northwest, in Washington, DC.



Stage and film actor/singer Nicholas Rodriguez scheduled to perform.

Nicholas Rodriguez – Actor and singer. Nick is perhaps best known for the role of Nick Chavez on ABC’s One Life to Live for which he received the GLAAD Media Award, the 2009 Visibility Award, and, along with his co-stars “Men of the Year.”

Nicholas Rodriguez.
Nicholas Rodriguez.

Recently he starred opposite Kathleen Turner in Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage in Washington, DC where he recently played Freddy in My Fair Lady, Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza, and was also seen as Curly in Oklahoma! for which he received a 2011 Helen Hayes Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” and was named “Top 10 Performers of 2010” by Hilton Als of The New Yorker.

Nicholas’ Regional Credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Camelot (Lancelot), Les Miserables (Javert), Oklahoma! (Curly), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), South Pacific (Joe Cable), The King & I as “Lun Tha” with Lou Diamond Phillips, Nefertiti (Akhenaten), Cinderella (Prince Charming), The Last 5 Years, Candide with Harrisburg Opera, Love, Valour, Compassion! (Ramon), and Master Class (Tony).

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in a one night only concert version of Guys and Dolls starring Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, and Len Cariou.

On the big screen, Rodriguez was seen in Sex and the City 2. He is also featured on the film’s soundtrack. Check his website.

2016 Man of the District Judges

Wendy Rieger.
Wendy Rieger.

Wendy Rieger Three-time Emmy Award-winning Anchor of News4 at 5. A native of Norfolk, Rieger graduated from American University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Her community involvement has spanned many local organizations, including those dedicated to fighting cancer, protecting animals and promoting human rights.

Karen Alston.
Karen Alston.

Karen Marie 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.

Anastasia Dellaccio.
Anastasia Dellaccio.

Anastasia Dellaccio Director of Marketing and Communications for Sister Cities International. Dellaccio works to build support and awareness around the organization’s mission of connecting people and communities around the globe to foster peace and understanding.

Kirstin Franco.
Kirstin Franco.

Kirstin Franko Director of Media Relations for the Tony Award-winning Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Kirstin is also an independent business entrepreneur and Star Stylist with Stella & Dot, an international fashion and accessories company.

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.

Here are the Contestants:

John Allison

Tyler Brewer

Grant Burgess

Lamar Butler

Martece Caudle

Patrick Fitzgerald

Alex Hutkin

Taariq Muhammad

Drew Needham

Sam Owen

Dontee Petit-Homme

Allister Primo

Jamal Washington

Vince Zito

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Man of the District is a 5-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.

Masters of Ceremonies

Haely Jardas

Haely Jardas.
Haely Jardas, Miss District of Columbia 2016.


Don Michael Mendoza 

Don Michael Mendoza.
Don Michael Mendoza, Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director of La-Ti-Do.

The Man of the District competition is produced by Don Michael Mendoza, Executive Artistic Director of the La-Ti-Do.


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