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PARTY ANIMALS IN DC: Ever since Obama adviser David Axelrod started hosting pizza party strategy sessions, scoping out quality pies has become the new hobby among discerning Democrats. “Tom, I found a new pizza place for you,” said composer Marvin Hamlisch to Tom Brokaw at the Kuwait America Foundation Humanitarian Awards on Wednesday night. “Your favorite is Tiramisu, right? Well, you’ve got to try La Houppa, around the corner from Barneys. They don’t deliver. But it’s great.’’
The cuisine at the Kuwaiti embassy that night was decidedly more high brow, and the evening raised $1.8 million for conservation projects in Brazil and Indonesia. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Leonardo DiCaprio were honored for their environmental awareness efforts.
Brokaw remembered covering the first Earth Day in 1970. “It was funky,” he said. “It’s a macro problem now. You have to do more than go out and hug a tree.’’
Hostess Rima Al-Sabah won raves not only for the gala but also for putting together an afternoon seminar on climate change moderated by Bob Woodward and Sen. John Kerry at the home of Brazilian Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota. That night, she was sure to dress the part in a chiffon tiger print Dior caftan. “Whoopi Goldberg wore this dress to the Academy Awards,’’ she said. “When I saw it on television, I knew it was the perfect dress to celebrate the importance of preserving endangered species.’’