For clarification, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity directly reimbursed the city for a government grant received by the Washington Historical Society to throw a welcome reception for the fraternity Monday.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who belongs to the fraternity, was unaware of that city money had been used to put on the $37,000 affair that featured an open bar, lots of food and two jazz bands, according to Attorney General Peter J. Nickles.
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development provided a $37,000 grant to the historical society. The event was held in its building near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The mayor asked Nickles looked into the matter, and Nickles determined that it was an improper expenditure.
Hobson said Wednesday that the fraternity, not the society, was responsible for the reimbursement though the grant had gone to the historical group.
Alexander Padro, co-chair of the society's Board of Trustees, said $24,000 went to catering alone.