The Washington Nationals Dream Gala celebrated America’s favorite pastime and supported local children and teens along the way.
THE PARTY There was no need to be a pro baller to take part in this year’s big win at the Washington Nationals Dream Gala. Held at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, the soiree featured silent and live auctions, a seated dinner and more, all to benefit the Dream Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the team. THE PEOPLE Nationals players including Trea Turner and Michael Taylor chatted with owners Ted and Mark Lerner and nonprofit chair Marla Lerner Tanenbaum. They also took in the main program emceed by beloved local sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak. BEST IN SHOW Guests scored throughout the night: They bid on items such as a Bryce Harper-signed base from his Major League debut at Dodger Stadium that went for $12,000 and a 1920s-era vintage baseball autographed by Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson that was auctioned off for $4,000. But the true home run? The event raised more than $1 million to improve the lives of local kids. -Kakie Pate
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