SPONSORED: The 106th First Lady’s Luncheon

The Picard Group was honored to attend the 106th First Lady’s Luncheon, honoring The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump. Held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C., the luncheon was hosted by The Congressional Club, a club made up of current and former spouses of Members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, and the President’s Cabinet.

Due to emergency surgery, First Lady Melania Trump was unable to attend, and Second Lady Karen Pence spoke in her place.

Escorted into the luncheon by members of the United States military, many other distinguished spouses were also honored during the luncheon, including Mrs. Janna Ryan, Mrs. James Roberts, Mrs. Susan Pompeo, Mrs. Mary Kennedy, Mrs. Ginni Lamp Thomas, Dr. Joanna Breyer, Mrs. Louise Gorsuch, Mrs. Mary Sessions, Mrs. Lolita Zinke, Mrs. Hilary Geary Ross, Mrs. Jan Acosta, Mrs. Jennifer Azar, Mrs. Candy Carson, The Honorable Elaine Chao, and Mr. Paul Pelosi.

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band played throughout the luncheon, including playing The National Anthem, instilling a very patriotic feeling throughout the program. Lee Greenwood and Billy Dean also performed during the luncheon.

Each year, the luncheon planning committee chooses one state to be the host state for the luncheon, with the state of Arizona chosen for 2018. From the beautiful mountainous backdrop and program to the southwestern food and color scheme selection, the Navajo culture influence was evident. Welcome bags included unique gifts from Arizona as well.

Founded in 1908, The Congressional Club was created to provide a non-partisan setting for friendships among the wives of the Members of the House and Senate during their tenure in Washington, D.C. The club has increased its activities over the years, serving the community and not-for-profit partners with a particular focus on entities that support members of our military and their families.

From those who attend Washington Mardi Gras, you may recognize the ballroom. The First Lady’s Luncheon was held in the Washington Hilton Ballroom, same room where the Washington Mardi Gras Ball is held annually.

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