Fight for Children School Night 2012

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Fight for Children School Night, a highlight of DC’s social calendar, outdid itself this year with an even more spectacular and unpredictable performance than ever. The signature springtime event of Fight for Children kicked-off in its usual style with a sumptuous cocktail hour where guests swilled libations while perusing the rows upon rows of high-end silent auction items ranging from exotic travel experiences to autographed paraphernalia.

The format of the Friday night event had an unusual twist. Following the cocktail reception was a seated dinner in the elegantly decorated atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building. The evening took an unusual turn when a heavily-accented Italian gentleman took to the microphone to inform pleasantly startled diners that a ladies’ pocketbook was discovered in the bathroom–the men’s bathroom, that is. A few minutes later, the same guest returned to the microphone, where he sang a beautiful few bars of opera.

What ensued was quite hilarious. Another man, this one French, headed to the microphone to sing as well. It soon became obvious the crowd was in for a bit more than filet mignon for dinner–The Three Waiters, an entertainment group comprised of three outrageously talented and hilarious singers–kept the audience laughing throughout the meal. Singing crowd favorites and engaging guests, The Three Waiters were the perfect fit for an event highlighting the importance of education for our children.

Gail Simmons of “Top Chef” fame served as emcee throughout the program. Following the dinner was a rowdy after-party. Decorated as a jazzy speakeasy, the adjacent room to the dining area was filled with endless options of desserts. Guests danced the evening away listening to the music of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. The very late evening concluded with a rousing classic jazz version of “When The Saints Go Marching In.” Another year, another unforgettable School Night–fortunately not actually held on a school night!

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