Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Oct 19 - Auction: Cartoons and Cocktails

'Cartoons & Cocktails' to Benefit D.C. Youth and International Cartoonists

10/17/2006 11:51:00 AM

To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Jean Caplanis of the Newseum, 703-284-3593,

News Advisory:

WHAT: Cartoons & Cocktails, D.C.'s largest auction of original political cartoons by the nation's top cartoonists. News personalities will auction dozens of cartoons, while guests enjoy an open bar, tapas and dessert buffet. More than 200 cartoons will be available through live and silent auctions.


Mike Luckovich, honorary chairman, Cartoons & Cocktails 2006, and 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution

Jonathan D. Salant, co-chairman and president, National Press Club

Auctioneers to Include:

Dorothy Gilliam, Prime Movers

Sari Horowitz, The Washington Post

Kal Kallagher, The Economist

Carol Knopes, Radio and Television News Directors Foundation

Dave Marash, Al Jazeera International

Joan Mower, Voice of America, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Joe Pett, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader

Mark Plotkin, WTOP News Radio

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19

Silent auction begins at 6 p.m.

Live auction begins at 7 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor Washington, D.C.

Admission: This event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 and will be available at the door or can be charged by calling the National Press Club's ticket hotline (202-662-7501) in advance.

BACKGROUND: This year's program marks the 19th annual Cartoons & Cocktails auction. This sale of original editorial cartoon art from across the country and beyond will benefit Young D.C., the independent newspaper by and for D.C., Maryland and Virginia teens, and the Cartoonists Rights Network, an organization dedicated to assisting international editorial cartoonists who face threats, imprisonment or death for their commentary. Proceeds also will fund the National Press Club's Ellen Masin Persina Scholarship for Minorities in Journalism and the national Young D.C. scholarship for an aspiring editorial cartoonist. For more information, visit

Media: Media who would like to cover this event are asked to contact Jean Caplanis at 703-284-3593 or No admission charge for covering media.

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