Location: The Sargent and Eunice Shriver Residence, Potomac, Md.
WL SPONSORED EVENT – Photos By Kyle Samperton
THE BUDDY SYSTEM: The Best Buddies Ball at Sarge and Eunice Shriver’s home featured the usual over-the-top hoopla: a circus-sized tent, big buck auction items, and major talent (Cirque du Soleil acrobats and saxophonist Kenny G) performing for a sold-out crowd of 900 guests. The arrival of Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, wife of the emir of Quatar, added to the mystique (along with the oil rich state’s seven-figure contribution), although the Hollywood power factor was somewhat diluted by Robert De Niro’s embarrassing attempt to publicly cheek smooch the Muslim royal consort after presenting her with an award.
FOND FAREWELL: Best Buddies founder Anthony Shriver announced the ball’s demise after two decades with a fond tribute to his ailing parents, who recently put their estate on the market for $11.8 million.