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Jon Bon Jovi, who served as the evening’s entertainment, also provided a lot of material. “Is that Richie Sambora on the bagpipes?” asked Jimmy Fallon, as a kilted musician herded partygoers into the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life for dinner.
Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who delivered a speech on the museum’s value to the city, got in on the action. “You have a choice,” His Honor told the crowd. “Bon Jovi could give the opening remarks and you could have me sing.”
Still, the music couldn’t totally distract from the situation on Wall Street, especially during the evening’s live auction. “My 401(k) plan has turned into a 201(k) plan,” Jamie Niven said before he opened bidding on year-long naming rights to the museum’s new ice skating rink. (The ticket sold to two separate guests, at $50,000 each.)