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Wendy Rieger, Casa Ruby among Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s 2019 Harmony Award winners

LGBTQ website NBC Out and GMCW member Charlie Berardesco will also be honored at May 11 event

Wendy Rieger – Photo: Facebook.

Emmy Award-winning news anchor Wendy Rieger, Casa Ruby, and NBC Out are among those who will be honored with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s Harmony Awards at the chorus’s Spring Affair on Saturday, May 11.

The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., features cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and live entertainment, as well as the presentation of the Harmony Awards and a live auction. Jackie Hoffman, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for Feud, will emcee.

Each year, the GMCW Board of Directors presents the Harmony Awards to individuals or organizations from the community, as well as a member of the chorus. The theme of this year’s dinner is “Legends of Olympus.”

Being honored this year are Rieger, the news anchor for News4 at 5, who has earned three Emmy awards for her coverage, including for a special report she shot on Vietnam on home video 20 years after the war. Rieger has been involved with various causes throughout her years in Washington, including fighting cancer, protecting animals, promoting human rights. She has also participated in three DC AIDS Rides.

This year’s honored chorus member is Charlie Berardesco, a senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Berardesco has been active with several charitable and arts organizations, including as a member the board of directors of GMCW, the board of advisors of the Duke University Chapel, and the board of Chorus America, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and the George Washington Law School.

Other honorees, as previously mentioned, are Casa Ruby, the local LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization that provides social services and programs to more than 6,000 clients, including homeless LGBTQ youth, immigrants and transgender women of color, an NBC Out, a specialized website that covers LGBTQ issues. 

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s Spring Affair: Legends of Olympus is on Saturday, May 11. at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., 1150 22nd St. NW. To purchase tickets, call 202-293-1548 or visit For more information, visit

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