Man of the House! You know it’s a memorable fete when the celeb entertainer works the room into a frenzied din, leaps off the stage and takes smartphone selfies with swarms of swooning women. This was just part of the pandemonium during the recent Knock Out Abuse fundraiser at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, as the lithe and abundantly talented Eric Benét performed his classics and covers. The packed house raised $560,000 for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. One of the live-auction items was lunch with Benét—along with seven of your closest companions—the next day. A bidding war ensued. Emcee Wolf Blitzer asked Benét, “If both bidders pay, would you take them all to lunch?” The heartthrob smiled broadly and nodded, and dancing—prodded by a brazen backbeat—revved up again and gave all those gorgeous gowns a radiant workout. –Michael McCarthy
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