PCRM Celebrates the Art of Compassion
On April 14, Washington, D.C.’s historic Mellon Auditorium was transformed into a glamorous setting for hundreds of PCRM supporters who traveled from across the country and as far away as Europe to celebrate the organization’s successes and look forward to the future. The event included plenty of star power, with Alec Baldwin serving as the evening’s master of ceremonies. He was joined by Marilu Henner, House’s Lisa Edelstein, Persia White of TV’s Girlfriends, musician Moby, and daytime drama stars Peggy McCay and Grant Aleksander. International music star Shani Rigsbee performed during the program.
Sublime in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., provided a caramelized onion tart as the first course; San Francisco’s Millennium served an entrée of seared polenta nera presented over a bed of spring vegetable ragout, fennel seitan sausage, and porcini mushrooms; New York’s Candle 79 treated guests to hors d’oeuvres; and famed macrobiotic chef Eric Lachasseur created an incredible dessert buffet.
Participants bid on silent auction items such as vacation getaways, celebrity-autographed scrubs, and gift packages to raise critical funding for PCRM’s programs. Artist Peter Max donated a rare chance to have him paint a personalized portrait, and Alec Baldwin and Moby donated a private dinner and concert. The incredible enthusiasm and generous support of PCRM members made the gala an extraordinary event.