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Best Friends Foundation's "Do You Remember When Rock was Young? " Gala

March 4 • Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

The Event: Best Friends Foundation's alternative fete begged the question "Do You Remember When Rock was Young?" As Sister Sledge belted out their '70's hit, "We Are Family," it was obvious that almost 500 guests remembered at least when disco was young. Chocolate malts were featured along with classic Chevy Cars for guests to pose in and a menu that included sliders (small burgers), root beer floats and onion rings. The event raised over $750,000 for programs to help atrisk adolescents.
The Scene: Secretary of Transportation Norman Minetta wore a black leather jacket, Jim Kimsey sported a "Sweet Talkin' Guy" shirt embellished with rhinestones, Mayor Anthony Williams came in a argyle sweater and jeans, and Barbara Harrison looked fit in hip-hugging jeans rocking to "Three Dog Night."
The Guests: Best Friends Founder Elayne Bennett and her husband, former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett; news anchors Kathleen Matthews, Lark McCarthy, and Andrea Roane; Sen. George Allen, Rep. Roy Blunt, and John McLaughlin.

Jack Kemp, John McLaughlin and Jim Nicholson

Elayne and Bill Bennett
Christina McLaughlin, Best Friends girl and Diane Williams

Foster Freiss and Gail Norton
Bill and Sandy Brock

Mayor Anthony Williams and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele
Best Men Step Drill

Frank Raines
Susan Hurley and Gwendolyn Russell

Fred Malek and Barbara Harrison
Susan Allen and Sen. George Allen

Photos by Jonah Koch


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