Ruth Bassin passed away on August 21, 2016 from Alzheimer’s disease.  Mrs. Bassin was the owner and matriarch of MacArthur Beverages and founder of Heart’s Delight.

When Mrs. Bassin lost her son, Bruce, in 1998 to a sudden heart attack at the young age of 40, it inspired her to establish Heart’s Delight.  The event will be an enduring legacy to Ruth Bassin, a tribute to Bruce, and fight against heart disease and stroke.



Celebrity Hosts

Bill Plante CBS News

Jamie Ritchie Sotheby’s 

Auction Committe

Doug Heye, Chairman

Tim O’Rourke Total Wine & More, Chairman

Eric M. Platt Artisans & Vines, Vice Chairman (2014 & 2015 Chairman)

David White, Vice Chairman (2015 & 2016 Chairman)

Gail Bassin JBS International, Inc.

Erich Broksas Potomac Innovation, Upside Travel (2015 Vice Chairman)

John Brooks The WineO

James V. Cahill Jones Lang LaSalle

Molly Christhilf Finnegan Winebow Imports

Scott Claffee (2014 Chairman)

Carrie Clime Pernod Ricard USA (2014 Vice Chairman)

Alicia Cypress

Adam Feinberg Miller & Chevalier Chartered

James E. Gaby

John Gallagher Fluor Corporation

Josh Genderson Schneider’s of Capitol Hill

John Glowa

Susan M. Grais Ernst & Young LLP

Diane Gross Cork Wine Bar, Cork Market & Tasting Room

Gil Guarino Intuitive.IT

Dan Healy, Carr Workplaces

Dan Horowitz LinkedIn

Conrad Kenley LCG, Inc. (2013 Chairman)

Joel Kleinman

Max Kuller Fat Baby Inc.

Arthur Kuo

Ilyse Fishman Lerner On Rye

Jonathan Lerner Lerner Enterprises

Tom Madrecki

Carly Maher, CSW, CSS The Wine Group

Maureen Nelson Ernst & Young LLP

Karen Peterson

Darryl Priest

Caitlin Rice

Michael Sands Calvert Woodley Wine & Spirits

Jeffrey J. Schragg BDO

Tim Snyder Republic National Distributing Company 

Julie Sproesser Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

Mike Zima & Azziza BenSaid  SommPicks

Executive Committee

Mitch Bainwol Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Nick Calio Airlines for America

Shannon Finley Capitol Counsel

Michael Herson American Defense International, Inc.

Brian Kearney Kearney & Company

David Marventano Fluor

Advisory Board

Ruth Bassin* – Founding Sponsor

Mark Bisnow, Bisnow Media – Chairman 2003

Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr.* – Chairman 2005

Hon. John Breaux Squire Patton Boggs – Chairman 2011

Nicholas E. Calio Airlines for America – Chairman 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014

Mark Ein Venturehouse Group – Chairman 2012

Scott Greenberg Greenberg, Wexler & Eig LLC – Founding Chairman

John M. Kane The Kane Company Chairman 2009

Hon. Trent Lott Squire Patton Boggs Chairman 2011

David Marventano Fluor Corporation Chairman 2016

Constance J. Milstein, The Countess de La Haye Saint Hilaire – Chairman 2010

Evan Morris* – Chairman 2015

Samuel Schreiber Chain Bridge Bank, N.A.– Chairman 2006

Richard Thompson Akin Gump – Chairman 2006 & 2008

George Vradenburg III Vradenburg Foundation – Chairman 2004 & 2005

Honorary Committee

The Honorable Richard Burr United States Senator, N. Carolina – 2014 Honoree

The Honorable Saxby Chambliss United States Senate, Georgia 2011 – 2013 Honoree

The Honorable Richard B. Cheney- 2011 Leadership Award

The Honorable James E. Clyburn U.S. House of Representatives, S. Carolina – 2011 Honoree

The Honorable Ander Crenshaw U.S. House of Representatives, Florida – 2016 Leadership Award

The Honorable Bill Frist, M.D. United States Senate, Tennessee – 2003 Honoree

The Honorable Steny Hoyer U.S. House of Representatives, MD – 2009 Honoree

The Honorable John Larson, U.S. House of Representatives, CT – 2013 Honoree

The Honorable Jim McCrery U.S. House of Representatives, LA – 2006 Honoree

The Honorable Richard E. Neal U.S. House of Representatives, MA – 2008 Honoree

The Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives – 2016 Congress Has Heart Award

The Honorable Bill Shuster, U.S. House of Representatives, PA – 2013 Honoree

The Honorable Mike Thompson U.S. House of Representatives, CA – 2011 & 2013 Honoree

Sommelier Circle Committee

Jarad Slipp, MS, RdV Vineyards 2015 & 2016 Chairman

Charles Birr, Virginia Wine Society

William Bright The Hay-Adams

Brent Kroll Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Max Kuller Proof, Doi Moi & Estadio

Erik Segelbaum Le Diplomate

J. Sebastian Zutant The Red Hen (2015 Chairman)