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BUSTLING BALL. If you're looking to rub elbows with political powerhouses, lobbyists and ambassadors alike (and who isn't?) strap on your dancing shoes and head over to the annual Ambassador's Ball on Tuesday night. The ball will be co-chaired by House Speaker Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, and Joyce Bennett, the wife of Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah. And this year's ball -- a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society -- promises to be packed with their policymaker friends. The event features dinner, dancing and a unique silent auction featuring everything from dinner with an ambassador to sports memorabilia. The ball will be held at the J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, starting with a reception and the silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Black tie or national attire is recommended. For ticket information, visit or call (202) 296-5363.

RUN AND GUN. House Minority Whip Cantor and Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are coming out against their grandfathers' Republican Party with guns blazing. On Tuesday, they kick off the release of their new book, "Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders" at Johnny's Half Shell, 400 N. Capitol St., NW. The book focuses on the belief that the GOP has lost sight of its ideals, and they want to change the face of the party and issue a new agenda for America. The book launch is by invite only and starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (212) 698-2807.


HONORING HERITAGE. Wednesday marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute will kick it off with its annual Awards Gala. CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien will serve as the celebrity host of the gala that honors Latinos who have made an impact with their careers and have chosen to give back to their community. This year's honorees represent the Heritage Month's theme of "Celebrating History, Heritage and the American Dream." Actress Eva Longoria Parker, of "Desperate Housewives" fame, and Grammy Award-winning musician Arturo Sandoval will be honored with the Medallion of Excellence. The medallion is the CHCI's highest honor and is presented to those who serve as role models for the Latino community through community involvement. Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored with the Chair's Award and percussionist Sheila E. and Latin pop singer Pee Wee will be on hand to provide entertainment. The gala will be held at 7 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall C, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW. Black tie attire is recommended, and tickets are required. To register, visit

This article appears in the September 18, 2010 edition of NJ Daily.

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