WASHINGTON WAYS: The crowd at the Washington National Symphony’s opening night ball celebrating the orchestra’s 80th year Sunday night at the Kennedy Center enjoyed the chance to dress up and celebrate high culture. Spotted were White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard, the first man to hold the job, looked dashing in a luminous black tuxedo with a spiffy four-point folded white handkerchief peeking out of his breast pocket.  When asked the magic question — who designed his suit — he beamed with delight. “Valentino,” he said. “Thank you for asking. No one ever asks me.” World famous money men packed the event, including Office of Management and Budget director Jack Lew, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, two former World Bank presidents James Wolfensohn and Paul Wolfowitz, and Kennedy Center chairman David Rubensetin, co-founder of the Carlyle group. Philanthropy rather than fixing the U.S. economy was the subject everyone wanted to discuss, including Rubenstein, who pledged to give the symphony a new organ by the end of next year. Looking back over his shoulder at the current organ, Rubenstein teased the crowd whose opening night contributions raised $1.3 million. “It will take a while to disasemble the old one. Any of you have a place in your garage?’” he teased.

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