The dinner, which began with a private reception sponsored by National Journal as well as a public counterpart on the outskirts of the giant ballroom, featured awards to legends such as Tom Friedman (who didn’t see entirely happy to get a lifetime achievement award, as it typically goes to someone past their peak), Dana Priest and Anne Hull for their Walter Reed expose in the Washington Post, and WJLA’s Gordon Peterson, who got the warmest and most sustained applause of the night.
The dinner chairs, PR exec Gloria Dittus and the Wall Street Journal’s Gerry Seib broke all records for the Foundation, raising more than $800,000 and attracting 1,250 guests.
Food: Salad, mini crab cakes, and salmon with a delicious risotto.
Drink: Lots of wine, courtesy of Pernod Ricard, but the drink of choice was Jack Daniels on the rocks.
Bold-faced names: 3 out of 5
Swankiness: 3.5 out of 5
Exclusivity: 3.5 out of 5
Food and drink: 3 out of 5
Overall: 13 out of 20