A Supreme Affair
Any Washington party that lasts until 2 a.m.--starting on a Thursday night, no less--is doing something very right. The sixth annual "Knock Out Abuse Against Women" is one the sexiest, rowdiest, entertaining girlfests in town. "If they locked the doors right now, I'd be the happiest man on Earth," said emcee Rene Knott as he surveyed the crowd of 550 women in the Capital Hilton ballroom.
Jill Sorensen Robert and Cheryl Davis Masri founded the event as a women-only counterpart to Fight Night, the male charity smoker. Each year the party has doubled in size: This year's bash raised $300,000 for victims of domestic violence by raising the roof. Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) cracked jokes, Sam Donaldson tried to sing, Robin Leach auctioned off Redskins players like Shawn Barber, left, and former Supreme Mary Wilson, above center, invited the audience onstage to sing backup. "All my life I wanted to be a Supreme," gushed Linda Marcuccilli, a Bloomingdale's manager. "It was awesome!"
At 11 the guys from Fight Night were allowed to join the fun. It's not a tough choice: a room full of boxers vs. a room full of babes. There was furious flirting, then the action picked up even more when KC and the Sunshine Band came on after midnight. Exhausted waiters had to practically shove folks out the doors at 2, the poor dears. What can we say? Girls just wanna have fun.
Kofi Annan, on Top of the World
Armistice Day came early this year, when the historic Woodrow Wilson House presented its annual Statesmanship Award to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, right, with Barbara Richardson. Annan, charming and impassioned, was honored at Tuesday's dinner hosted by Belgian Ambassador Alex Reyn, attended by Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering, Gen. Brent Scowcroft and ambassadors from France, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands.
Keeping Up With Zeta-Jones
They're here! Yes, the first but certainly not last Millennium Ball bounced into town Friday night at the British Embassy. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, with Ambassador Christopher Meyer and his wife, Catherine, was on hand to explain the celebration on this side of the Atlantic. The rest of the guests--Barbara Walters and Sen. John Warner, ABC head David Westin and Sherrie Rollins-Westin, CBS chief Leslie Moonves, Alan Greenspan and Andrea Mitchell--spent the evening discreetly gawking at the delectable Catherine Zeta-Jones, above, and actor-swain Michael Douglas. Given that moonstruck look, we say he's in love. Again. "I wouldn't know what a bad love affair is right now," he said, slightly breathless. So much for the Douglas Millennium Plan: 1,000 girlfriends before Jan. 1.
Buckin' for Bucks
There was a lot of bull flying around Friday night's Wild West benefit for the Olney Theatre Center. Not politicians' bull--it was a mechanical beast, which cowboy-clad revelers attempted unsuccessfully to ride. Olney Managing Director Debra Kraft Semple, right, with patron Josh Freeman, and other guests gambled, drank and danced in the saloon setting, raising $17,000 for the popular performance venue.