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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/04/2009

Fenty Lays Out The Crimson Carpet

Update: The city spent $37,000 on the event. Afterward, city attorney general Peter J. Nickles said that shouldn't have happened, and the fraternity has agreed to reimburse the city. Read the full article.

Original Post: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty welcomed his fraternity brothers to the District Tuesday night with a swank affair at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., also known as the City Museum, near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Fenty (D) gave the fraternity a proclamation, plenty of praise and according to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity's leaders, he footed the bill for the affair that featured two jazz bands, an open bar, a buffet and a coffee bar. Guests munched on everything from corn fritters and crabcakes to chocolate covered cheesecake and mini-red velvet cupcakes.

The fraternity, founded by African American men at Indiana University in 1911, is holding its 79th Grand Chapter meeting in the District this week. Expect to see lots of men in red and white this week. The official fraternity colors are crimson and cream. And fraternity members thanked their successful brother for rolling out the red carpet.

Richard Lee Snow, executive director and chief operating officer, and Dwayne M. Murray, grand polemarch, acknowledged the mayor and Sinclair Skinner, the mayor's friend and fraternity brother, for making the event happen. Skinner, currently embroiled in the fire truck incident, was identified as working in the "mayor's office."

Fenty did not correct the misidentification of Skinner. But he did not list him when he told the crowd about fraternity brothers who our leaders in his administration: Greg O'Dell, chief executive of the convention center; Erik Moses, chief executive of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission; Lee A. Smith III, director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development; and Chip Richardson, general counsel to the mayor.

Fenty told the crowd that the fraternity taught him about taking care of family, God and how to be a good role model.

He was whisked away before D.C. Wire could catch up with him. No word yet on the expense of the event and where the money came from. More to come.

Update at 8 p.m.: The event cost taxpayers $37,000. The city was reimbursed the money this morning atter Attorney General Peter J. Nickles found the event to be an improper expense. Read more details on the later tonight.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/04/2009

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