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November 7, 2008

Congrats to our friends at ING: We hear through the grapevine that last week they renewed the USACE for 5 years for 101k SF and Stanley expanded its presence to 52k; Westy Kent of Kent Commercial repped the tenant. And, that ING closed on a $27.6 M construction loan for Metro Park VIII, a spec LEED gold with SunTrust Bank and HSBC.


We were on hand last night for that massive, weird, and wonderful Washington ritual known as Fight Night, which amazingly in these difficult times once again (for the 19th year) filled the Washington Hilton to the gills and raised $2.8 million for DC inner city kids. 2500 pounds of steak, 200 hostesses, 80 volunteers, 4,000 bottles of Bud, and 100 visits by boxing legends to soliders at Walter Reed. Congrats and thanks to everyone involved—which includes many of you generous (and fun-loving) readers. 


We snapped this of Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Neil Albert, Fight for Children CEO (and former Discovery Enterprises chief) Michela English, and Crystal City BID president Angie Fox.  That cigar is no prop; Angie had it lit and was smoking. (No double entendre intended.)


Founder of the event is, of course, legendary real estate investor Joe Robert, second from right, here with son Joey (back from military service in Iraq), former DC Mayor Tony Williams, former Marine Corps Commandant Michael Hagee, new United Arab Emirates ambassador to the US Yousef Mana Al Otaiba, and former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and Marine Commandant James Jones.


Legendary Joe Tydings of Maryland (yep, a name from long ago, but he was only 37 when he began his one term in the US Senate in 1965), with equally legendary Joe Stettinius and Bobby Schwartz of Cassidy.


Digital Management's Sunny Bajaj, Tower Companies' Brian Abramson, and Whitestar Investments (and former Cushman broker) Craig Bernstein ride to the event in style from cool "pre-event" hosted by our friend Rueben Bajaj. Not to mention the cool post-events, too. Any excuse, huh?


Also en route from Rueben's, KLNB's Jordain Rabin and MMC's Dan Klein, who we presume are intently reading the latest Bisnow Real Estate.


We couldn't resist snapping this of 87-year old Jake LaMotta, former middleweight world champion known in his day as the Raging Bull (and played by Robert DeNiro in his 1980 Oscar-winning performance in the movie of that name), with Caf? Milano owner Franco Nuschese and venture capitalist Mark Ein. Franco tells us that Jake for a time became a standup comedian and even performed 15 years ago at Caf? Milano.


Former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney, Thayer Capital Partners founder (and onetime head of both Northwest Airlines and Marriott) Fred Malek, and McBride Real Estate Services' Roy Ayers.  For those of you who remember the early 80s, Cooney knocked out Ken Norton 54 seconds into the first round of one match, but then lost the next year to Larry Holmes. Now living in New Jersey, he told us he was hoping for good weather today (he got his wish) to play at Woodmont and hopes to return someday to try Congressional. Between Fred and Roy, that can probably be arranged.


Before you make a sexist assumption that they are just "objects," we want you to know we had a nice conversation with Michelle, Bethany, and Chelsea, all Redskins cheerleaders that the event is known for. We learned that Michelle is a George Mason undergraduate majoring in tourism, and is troubled by high cap compression rates and the decline of mezzanine debt and the CMBS market.


HFF's Steve Conley and Dek Potts flank Jeff What's His Name.


Holland and Knight's construction and real estate attorneys Bryan Phillips and David Silver.


What are football players doing here? Woodmark's Alex Green and legendary Bears linebacker Dick Butkus.


64-year old Smokin' Joe Frazier and longtime friend (from Silver Spring) Lisa Jenkins. Some of you will remember Joe as world heavyweight champion who beat Muhammad Ali in a 15-round unanimous decision in 1971.


Blood, Sweat, and Tears performed amid the cigar smoke and laser shows. They are celebrating 40 years of somehow staying popular. We think Fight Night will be doing the same about 21 years from now.

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