The mayor gaveth and he tooketh. Yesterday, hizzonor D.C. Mayor Marion Barry gave over his city hall cabinet room to a press conference announcing plans for the seventh annual Bartenders' Ball on March 8. Not only that, but Barry read aloud his proclamation of yesterday as Bartenders' Ball Kickoff Day, when the effort began to sell 2,500 tickets at $25 a person.

Michael Anderson, the ball chairman and owner of Shooter McGee's and the Eastport Raw Bar in Alexandria, presented the mayor with an official Bartenders' Ball T-shirt, with the event's white logo on a blue background.

The black-tie ball, to be held at the Washington Hilton, is a pleasure event, sponsored by the area's restaurant industry -- a biggie, the mayor noted, responsible along with area hotels for 30,000 jobs.

The last six balls have produced some $300,000 for local charities. This year's projected profit of $80,000 will be divided among 11 beneficiaries: So Others Might Eat, the Living Stage, Washington Free Clinic, St. John's Child Development Center, Higher Achievement Program, Sunshine Foundation, HEROES, the Hospital for Sick Children, Shaw Community Center, Children's Hospital and the Alexandria Community Y.