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the “Night Tripper” (whose albums include cameos by Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton), where desserts after which dancing went on for hours. In New York, it was rockin’ in the Big Apple for the Big Easy. Hungarian Ambassador András Simonyi brought his Coalition of the Willing rock band to Manhattan to raise funds for needy New Orleans musicians, left gig-less with their clubs destroyed and their audience dispersed. Seen: Susan Eisenhower (Ike’s granddaughter); Tom Clarkson, John and Giselle Theberge Jeppson, and blonde Patricia Duff, former Hollywood and Washington fundraiser extraordinaire.


On one side of the handsomely bedecked Union Station banquet room, George Washington University president Stephen Trachtenberg, top bidder on the weekfor- ten in Provence, was being congratulated, on the other side, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was being interrogated. The pundit and the academician helped raise $300,000 for the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center’s outreach programs of education and social concerns. Award-winning chefs preparing cocktail hour specialties, dinner and drinks were led by Equinox’s Todd Gray and included Roberto Donna and Ann Amernick. Seen: Richard and Lois Hechinger England, Dan and Rhoda Glickman, George and Trish Vradenburg, Dianne and Alan Kaye, Michele and Allen Berman, Nancy and Harold Zirkin and Leslie and Leonard Shapiro


Pretty Kristal Nemeroff is 19 years old and four feet tall with brittle bone disease; she gets about on a wheeled platform. “I love The Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health for all they have done for me,” she said at the Mayflower Hotel gala for the Inn (“a place like home” for families with children facing serious illnesses). “I have been going there since I was a baby, and they have given me a life.” AFCEA electronics group sponsorship, with the cooperation of the technology industry – Microsoft, Booz Allen and Bearing Point, among others – raised $375,000 for the cause. Enthusiastic Kristal, an accomplished singer and the 2006 Pocono Teen Idol in her home state of Pennsylvania, gave a riveting performance at the gala. Now a college freshman; she was a dean’s list student in high school, despite setbacks. In a quiet moment she counted the things she is grateful for: “I have the support of my parents and the Children’s Inn, I have my music, and the thrill of college before me. I am truly blessed.”



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