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The scene: The entrance to the Washington Convention Center was blanketed with a red carpet, greeters, and a swing band and dancers that transported guests to the Roaring Twenties, the evening’s theme. Many attendees quickly committed to at least one $100 raffle ticket for the chance to drive home in one of two cars from Mercedes Benz before heading upstairs to check out the 400-plus-item silent auction. Up for grabs? Tons of getaways, sports memorabilia, a signed Hanna Montana montage, and the same brand of gem-encrusted pacifiers that J. Lo bought for her recently born twins.
Food: Before dinner, crudité and fruit displays—and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, pretzels, and fruit aplenty! For dinner: jumbo-shrimp salad, filet mignon, crab cake, and a raspberry mousse coated in chocolate.
Funniest moment: When Jay Leno momentarily lost his train of thought and joked that it was because of the cleavage of a female attendee close to the stage.
Most touching moment: A video featuring Lewis Gilinsky choking up as he spoke about surviving leukemia. He and his family were honored at the event.
Boldface names: 3 out of 5
Swankiness: 3.5 out of 5
Food/Drinks: 3.5 out of 5
Overall exclusivity: 3.5 out of 5
Total: 13.5 out of 20