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Washington women to toast D.C. Chief Lanier tonight

In December 2008, a group of well-connected Washington businesswomen held a reception for the city's first female police chief, Cathy L. Lanier, who had been in the job for nearly a year.

Lanier shared her ideas with the all-female crowd and the women -- affiliated with the non-profit Washington D.C. Police Foundation, a group that works to leverage corporate donations and financial support for the police department and public safety in the District -- were so impressed they decided to form a Women's Council at the Foundation to continue to support Lanier's efforts.

The Council is chaired by Barbara Reinike, a program manager at Lockheed Martin, and is made up of members like Debbi Jarvis, Vice President, Communications for Pepco, and Alex Armstrong, chairman of Armstrong, Fleming & Moore Inc. Financial Advisors. It works on things like soliciting donations for corporate box seats and tickets to sporting and other events so Lanier can use them to reward department officers, employees and youth.

Tonight, the city's powerful businesswomen will gather again to toast Lanier and reflect on the past year.


Lanier (Katherine Frey/Post).

This year's Women's Council reception for Lanier is in a private home in Adams Morgan, hosted by Margaret Nedlekoff, an executive with investment bank FBR Capital Markets. Nedlekoff served as the Deputy Mayor for Crime and Public Safety for four years, leaving that job in 2004. The admission is $50 and those funds are slated to go toward "Lanier's priority initiaitves," according to the organizers.

After receiving two unsolicited invitations to tonight's reception, I tried to e-RSVP a few weeks ago. But Women's Council Chair Reinike subsequently told me the event was closed to the press.

"We decided after the invitations were sent, that it would not be open to the media based on the size of the reception. Our apologies for this," Reinike wrote in an e-mail.

The Crime Scene is no gate crasher, so we'll have to hear about it from the attendees. E-mail me what you heard and saw and how things went.

--Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 10, 2009; 1:47 PM ET
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  | Tags: Lanier, Washington DC Police Foundation  
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