Sharon Stone, Gayle King, Greta Van Susteren and Tracy Morgan were there. Later, so were Washington Redskin Shawn Springs and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein. All in all it was a hodgepodge of celebrities, media influentials — and at least one local politician — meeting for the Creative Coalition’s now annual pre-White House Correspondent’s Dinner event, organized by Lanmark’s Technology’s Lani Hay at Georgetown’s Neyla restaurant Friday night.
The dinner, a promotion for continuing support for the arts in America, was hosted by several members of the Creative Coalition, to include Kevin McHale, Giancarlo Esposito, Tim Daly, Patricia Arquette, Leslie David Baker, Josh Radnor, and Beth Behrs among others. Also this year, the meal celebrated distinguished women in media, giving some feature time to CNN’s Lola Ogunnaike, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Greta Van Susteren.
But the real rallying got going as the evening continued later at Hay’s private residence, where she arranged a surprise acoustic performance by LIVE as a separate Rock the Vote benefit. Creatives (coalition and otherwise) sipped Belvedere and Hennessy cocktails while supporting the organization which encourages young people to be politically active.
*Photos credit Mike Coppola