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The Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, and his wife Alice. They recently donated a 5,000-pipe organ to the Kennedy Center. David Rubenstein said his "Jewish mother" would be happy with the donation as he disappointed her by dropping out of piano lessons as a child. He paid tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch, whom he called a "mensch."

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The Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, and his wife Alice. They recently donated a 5,000-pipe organ to the Kennedy Center. David Rubenstein said his "Jewish mother" would be happy with the donation as he disappointed her by dropping out of piano lessons as a child. He paid tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch, whom he called a "mensch." Close

The Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, and his wife Alice. They recently donated a 5,000-pipe organ to the... Read More

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General Dynamics CEO Jay Johnson and his wife, Sydney McNiff Johnson in Carolina Herrera. Jay Johnson said he enjoyed the Mendelssohn number performed by the NSO before dinner. His company is this season's underwriter. Close

General Dynamics CEO Jay Johnson and his wife, Sydney McNiff Johnson in Carolina Herrera. Jay Johnson said he enjoyed... Read More

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Masaji Takahashi, NSO conductor Christoph Eschenbach, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki. Mutter wore green Dior during her performance and then opted for Prada for the dinner. Ambassador Fujisaki announced his return to Japan later this year. Close

Masaji Takahashi, NSO conductor Christoph Eschenbach, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Japanese Ambassador Ichiro... Read More

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Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his wife NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell show their fine romance before dinner. Close

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his wife NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell show their fine romance before dinner.

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The scene inside the South Plaza tent where dinner and dancing took place after the NSO performance. Lamb shanks and grits was the main course followed by cinnamon ice cream. The tent featured 4 water walls and a plexi glass dance floor with LED lights. Close

The scene inside the South Plaza tent where dinner and dancing took place after the NSO performance. Lamb shanks and... Read More

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Bonnie Nicholson, and journalist Austin Kiplinger, who was honored last night as one of 11 individuals who has served on the NSO board for 35 years or more. Close

Bonnie Nicholson, and journalist Austin Kiplinger, who was honored last night as one of 11 individuals who has served... Read More

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John Castellani, CEO of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and US Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood at the Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Gala. Close

John Castellani, CEO of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and US Secretary of Transportation Ray... Read More

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Founder Nancy Brinker who started the organization in honor of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36. Close

Founder Nancy Brinker who started the organization in honor of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36.

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Gala executive chairmen Marlene Malek and Fred Malek, the co-founder and chairman of Thayer Capital Partners. Close

Gala executive chairmen Marlene Malek and Fred Malek, the co-founder and chairman of Thayer Capital Partners.

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Steve Rochlin, director of Account Ability, Christina Sevilla, Eric Motley with the Aspen Institute, Glenn Ballard, president of Dragonfli, and Mary Kathryn Steel. Close

Steve Rochlin, director of Account Ability, Christina Sevilla, Eric Motley with the Aspen Institute, Glenn Ballard,... Read More

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V. Craig Jordan, the scientific director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. He wears his Order of the British Empire medal. Close

V. Craig Jordan, the scientific director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. He... Read More

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Laura Weidenfeld with Patton Boggs, and Paul Weidenfeld, a partner with Liles Parker hold flashlights during the pre-party awards ceremony. The bright lights honored those lost to breast cancer and those currently suffering. Close

Laura Weidenfeld with Patton Boggs, and Paul Weidenfeld, a partner with Liles Parker hold flashlights during the... Read More

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Dean D'Angelo, right, a director with Laminar Direct Capital, and the founder of Capital for Children at the fifth Capital for Children Casino night. Close

Dean D'Angelo, right, a director with Laminar Direct Capital, and the founder of Capital for Children at the fifth... Read More

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Phil Deutch, middle, a founding member of Capital for Children, and a managing partner with NGP Energy Technology Partners. Close

Phil Deutch, middle, a founding member of Capital for Children, and a managing partner with NGP Energy Technology Partners.

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The scene inside the Texas Hold'em lounge. Close

The scene inside the Texas Hold'em lounge.

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Melissa Barcomb and Ken Doyle with Halifax Private Equity. Close

Melissa Barcomb and Ken Doyle with Halifax Private Equity.

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John Michalowski with Ernst and Young gives the money wheel a spin. He won 100,000 chips. Close

John Michalowski with Ernst and Young gives the money wheel a spin. He won 100,000 chips.

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Travis Zollner and Kemal Hawa, both with Greenberg Traurig, in the "High Rollers" lounge. Close

Travis Zollner and Kemal Hawa, both with Greenberg Traurig, in the "High Rollers" lounge.

Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein and his wife, Alice, recently donated a 5,000-pipe organ to the Kennedy Center.

“The best part about it is I won’t be playing it,” said Rubenstein, a piano-lessons dropout.

The organ will make its debut in November with the National Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 82nd season last night with a performance, dinner and dancing.

Under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, the NSO performed a suite from “Der Rosenkavalier” for an audience that included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and Librarian of Congress James Billington.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, in Kelly-green Dior, was the soloist on Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra.

That was one of the favorites of Jay Johnson, the chief executive officer of General Dynamics Corp. (GD), which is sponsoring the NSO season.

The evening raised more than $1 million for the orchestra’s educational and artistic initiatives.

Other guests included attorney Vernon Jordan, Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero.

Pink Alphas

John Castellani and Ray Lahood are two alpha males who don’t mind wearing a little pink.

The chief executive officer of trade group Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America and Secretary of Transportation Lahood wore pink pocket squares and lapel ribbons Friday night at the Kennedy Center.

It’s the signature color of breast-cancer awareness and of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which works to end the disease. The organization’s Honoring the Promise Gala, with its pink ball gowns and cupcakes, raised about $2 million.

That’s about the same amount as last year and follows a public-relations disaster in January when the organization said it would pull funding from Planned Parenthood clinics. It reversed its decision a few days later.

Nancy Brinker, who started the organization after her sister, Susan G. Komen, died of breast cancer, wore peachy-pink Carolina Herrera at the gala.

Brinker said she wished more media attention were given to young researchers looking into “killer diseases” rather than to young techies looking for “the next killer app.”

Washington has one of the highest breast-cancer mortality rates in the country, yet the gala also celebrated progress made: The national rate has declined by a third since 1991.

Jordin Sparks ignited the crowd with hits like “One Step at a Time,” and actress Jaclyn Smith and country singer Naomi Judd presented awards.

Representative John Dingell, Michigan Democrat, and Susan Bales Ford, the daughter of former first lady Betty Ford, presented the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award to Senator Olympia Snowe, Maine Republican, whose mother died of breast cancer when the senator was eight.

Chicago Mayor

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley choked up as he accepted the Community Distinction Award on behalf of his late wife, Maggie, who died from the disease last year.

Carlyle’s Rubenstein, a founding chairman of the Komen gala, sent a video message explaining he had to deliver a speech at his alma mater, Duke University, where Susan G. Komen was given an honorary degree posthumously this year.

Other business leaders present included Fred Malek, the chairman and founder of Thayer Capital Partners LP, who said his wife, Marlene, got him involved with the cause.

Casino Night

“Just drink a lot and remember your number,” joked Dean D’Angelo, a director at Laminar Direct Capital LLC, Saturday night at the Capital for Children Casino Night.

D’Angelo and more than a dozen private-equity players founded Capital for Children in 2007 to help needy youngsters in the D.C. area.

“We’ve been so fortunate. We have got to give back,” said Phil Deutch, a managing partner at NGP Energy Technology Partners.

The gamblers gathered at Long View Gallery, an art gallery and event space. There were 10 blackjack tables, two craps tables, one double roulette table, and a Texas Hold ’Em lounge. An oyster bar and sleek white couches marked the “High Rollers” tent.

Chip girls in miniskirts and fish-net stockings added to the Vegas vibe. The women guests seemed just as eager to roll the dice.

Deutch says that in addition to the money raised at the casino nights, each member of Capital for Children makes a yearly personal contribution of $5,000 to $10,000.

Proceeds benefit several local charities including Horton’s Kids, a nonprofit that helps children improve their math and reading skills.

Argy, Arnold & Porter LLP, Blank Rome LP and BB&T Capital Markets were among the main corporate sponsors.

(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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To contact the writer on this story: Stephanie Green in Washington at sgreen57@bloomberg.net or on Twitter @stephlgreen.

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