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June 10, 2008



We may not have monarchs in Washington, but our crown-bearing Miss America, Michigan native Kristen Haglund, was in DC last night for a glam pit stop on her 20,000 mile/month travel schedule. She hit the National Building Museum (now a true historic site after Hillary’s Saturday concession there) to present awards at the National Association of Broadcasters’ Celebration of Service to America gala.  


Hooked on the capital city, the 19-year-old, whose personal platform is eating disorder awareness, was in DC in April lobbying for the cause. She personally pitched the FREED (Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders) Act to her home state’s junior Senator, Debbie Stabenow. She also worked with Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), and let us know her title doesn’t keep her from getting star struck: “I couldn’t believe I was sitting on Capitol Hill next to a Kennedy.”


Also known as Q or Little Q (Robin Williams still calls him that), Quincy Jones received the night’s highest honor, the Leadership Award. Here with date Jessica Clark, Quincy had some words for us about the state of American music. “Everyone else in the world knows more about American music than America. I’ve been around the world three times in the last year and a half and the world has adopted our music as their Esperanto.” He tells us he’s working on albums with Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, and an album of Marvin Gaye songs. Phew. Next year? A film in Brazil.


After he joked around with friends about sporting the “Kenny Rogers look,” we caught up with “Dixieland Delight” Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama, here with wife Kelly. Recipient of the night’s Samaritan award, in 1989 Owen founded Country Cares, which has benefited St. Jude Kids to the tune of $345 million since its founding. “There are no small dollars,” Owen tells us.

Karin Tanabe reports for The Scene Bisnow. Send tips to karin@bisnow.com.


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