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Carlyle, GM, Wal-Mart’s $50,000 Fund Autumn Galas: D.C.

When Ellen DeGeneres receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on Oct. 22, laughing along will be sponsor Capital One Financial Corp.’s president of retail and direct banking, Jonathan Witter.

“When a corporation is in a major city, they want to be a good corporate citizen,” said Marie Mattson, the vice president for development at the Kennedy Center, which she said raises $80 million annually. The center had a $5.8 million surplus last year, Mattson said, a rare feat for an arts organization.