Location: The Andrew Mellon Auditorium
WL SPONSORED – Photos by Betsy Spruill Clarke
MIRACLE WORK: More than 500 donors to the Children’s National Medical Center gathered for a dinner of steak and skate, a live auction, and dancing to the cult-favorite Neil Diamond cover band, Super Diamond – all in support of this world-renowned Washington-based pediatric research hospital. LIVING PROOF: During dinner, ball co-chairman and FOX News White House correspondent Bret Baier shared the story of his son, who was born in 2007 with a potentially fatal heart defect, and has had two major surgeries at the hospital in the past two years. Baier then video-conferenced the healthy, energetic two year-old onto the stage, and Paul Baier waved to guests before asking his father about a toy train. Title sponsorship was provided for the ninth year in a row by Washington Area Lexus Dealers. IN THE CROWD: Some of the city’s most engaging young philanthropists (many of whom are parents of young children), including Elissa and Tom Davidson, Sarah and David Steinberg, Jen and Scott Frederick, and Liz and Dave Roberts.