34th Annual Ambassadors Ball

by GABRIELLE BLUESTONE · September 14, 2012

DC's political elite put aside their party differences Wednesday to--you guessed it--party down at the Ritz Carlton for the 34th Annual Ambassadors Ball. The yearly event, which welcomes newly-assigned ambassadors and their families to the city, also serves as a National MS Society fundraiser. Ticket sales, donations, and a silent auction ultimately raised more than $850,000 for the charity.

Adding to the political punch were the co-hosts of the event; Annie Coons, wife of Senator Chris Coons; Melodee Hanes, wife of Senator Max Baucus; Nancy Camp, wife of Congressman Dave Camp; and Judy McCarthy, wife of Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

Despite the bipartisan efforts, politics still threatened to derail the event when the Senate was called in for a vote shortly before the event (it is Ambassadors Ball tradition for these political husbands to introduce their wives to speak). Luckily, Senator Coons and Senator Baucus were able to cast their votes and make it back to the party in time for introductions. A political crisis averted!

[Photos by Betty Adler and Tracy Timmestar]