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Toasting the U.N. Risk Takers

If you are planning to tie one one for Hump Day anyway, at least stumble over to the Thank a Peacekeeper reception happening in the Rayburn House Office Building and bend the elbow with a purpose Wednesday night.

“Please join us in raising a glass in honor of United Nations peacekeepers and leading troop contributing countries with drinks and special foods from around the world,” reads the invite to the third-annual reception, scheduled to take place 5:30-7 p.m. in Rayburn B-369.

An event organizer assured HOH that all are welcome, but requested that interested parties RSVP to all the same.

Democratic Reps. Karen Bass of California and Jim McDermott of Washington will join Edmond Mulet, U.N. assistant secretary general for peacekeeping operations, and Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, in saying a few words about ongoing humanitarian efforts. Moroccan Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal, Ethiopian Ambassador Girma Birru and Nigerian Ambassador Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, meanwhile, will be mingling with the crowd — a group organizers project should include over 100 members and congressional staffers (at least that many have already RSVP’d).

Attendees will be privy to festive cocktails (caipirinhas and bellinis are on the short list) and exotic treats, including samosas and Italian sweets.

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