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Why D.C. galas are held in the spring: Weather-challenged Tracy's Kids fundraiser postponed

Now we know why all of Washington's big galas are held in the fall and spring. Among the many events canceled due to snow: Tuesday's fifth annual fundraiser for Tracy's Kids. Guests probably expected something like this since three of the organization's past five parties have been clobbered by bad weather.

"We joke that the mid-Atlantic ski association should underwrite our event because we're always good for business," said Tracy's Kids chairman Matt Gerson.

The party was originally created around the Hollywood's award season -- guests gather for a buffet dinner and screenings of award-winning films (this year's included "Avatar," "Up in the Air," "The Blind Side," "Inglourious Basterds" and "The Hurt Locker") to benefit pediatric arts therapy programs in three local hospitals.

The first gala in 2006 went off without a hitch, but a major snowstorm hit the day of the second party. Organizers didn't cancel, and 300 people showed up. The following year, there was snow and ice, but 500 hearty souls slogged through the storm for free popcorn and flicks.

But at some point, you have to call "uncle." More than 800 hundred people were expected at Lucky Strike and the Gallery Place theaters, but the plug got pulled Monday morning, and an e-mail went out in the afternoon: "While 'the show must go on,' it won't go on tomorrow night. . . . For those of you in D.C., stay safe and warm. For those of you outside D.C., stay there."

Gerson said he doesn't expect to lose money and that the party will probably be rescheduled for Feb. 24. "Buy your lift tickets for Feb. 25," he joked.

By The Reliable Source  |  February 9, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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