Most swanky D.C. events tend to wrap up before midnight but when you are hanging out with celebs such as Wilmer Valderrama, thats when things just get started.Lanmark Technology President and CEO Lani Hay joined Blue Star Families and the Creative Coalition on Monday evening to sponsor a screening of the film The Dry Land at the Naval Heritage Center. And following the screening, Hay toasted the filmmakers and cast, including Valderrama and actress America Ferrera, with a formal dinner at her home in the Palisades.While the party went late into the night, the VIPs on hand were in a serious mood, focused on promoting the film, which follows a soldier as he deals with post-traumatic stress disorder after he returns from serving in Iraq. Director Ryan Piers Williams was inspired to make the movie after he read a newspaper article about a soldier who suffered from PTSD. He spent years researching the movie, he told HOH, meeting with soldiers and their families.Williams hopes the film, which premieres in D.C. in August, is well received by the Washington community. He met Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and found him to be incredibly supportive of the project, Williams told HOH.The mood wasnt entirely serious, as Valderrama provided a few laughs during a question-and-answer session after the screening. The actor talked about his service with the USO, calling it some of the most important, some of the most exciting things Ive done. Valderrama added that he tries to make frequent trips abroad to visit the guys in uniform and the girls, of course.That led to a response from Hay, a former Navy service member.Wilmer, I guarantee the women service members are happier than the guys, Hay said. So thank you for your visit.Its my pleasure, Valderrama replied.Submit your hot tips, juicy gossip or comments here.Cant get enough HOH? Get a midday dose of fun and gossip with HOHs One-Minute Recess, delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here because everyone deserves more recess.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.