Heard on the Hill

Tom Daschle Ready to Mentor, but America Seems Uninterested

The Trust for the National Mall had a very fun Ball on the Mall on Saturday to raise money for preserving America's "front yard." The evening's activities included eating good food, drinking good drinks, dancing to good songs and bidding on good things! Dancers got on their knees, fell on their tushes and whirled like colorful dervishes. But, in our opinion, the real drama of the evening happened off the dance floor with the silent auction. The auction had many items and activities, such as tickets to a Coldplay concert, dinner for two at the Inn at Little Washington, a signed Katy Perry CD and cherry tree installation, among many other things. Also up for auction: Mentoring lunches with former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), trust Chairman John E. "Chip" Akridge III and the senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Walt Disney Co., Jay Rasulo. Mentoring lunches with former Sen. Tom Daschle and Trust for the National Mall Chairman Chip Akridge were offered at the silent auction. (Neda Semnani/CQ Roll Call) Bidding on the lunches started at $300, with more than 20 bids for the three lunches. The bid sheet for a "priceless" mentoring lunch with former Sen. Tom Daschle lacks any bidders. (Neda Semnani/CQ Roll Call) Unfortunately for the former Democratic Senator, most of the people who could afford to spend more than $300 on a priceless brunch, such as businessman and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, bid on lunches with Akridge and Rasulo. But just before bidding closed, Daschle finally got a bid! We are confident that the bidding war started, just like all our eBay battles, just before the close.
Topics: parties