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Knock Out Abuse Gala and Fight Night Gala: Guys vs. Girls

 Last night was an eventful night in Washington- on one of end of town the men had their fun, while on the other, the women had theirs. The men’s-only Fight Night filled up the Hilton Washington, while the female-friendly Knock Out Abuse Against Women gala took over the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.—and both rallied for their own causes.

With 2,000 men in tuxes dominating the hotel’s ballroom, the 17th annual Fight Night raised money for the education and health care nonprofit Fight for Children. But the program itself was for grown-ups only.

Over at the Ritz-Carlton, the 750 women at the Knock Out Abuse gala settled into an entirely different type of evening, raising funds to combat domestic abuse. The event, opened with a male congo line and tuxedoed escorts who walked them down to the ballroom. The setup glittered with a red and black theme. The annual event has raised more than $7 million in 17 years by its founders, Jill Sorenson and Cheryl Davis Masri. Local newswoman Andrea Roane emceed the event.

“No one in this city fight for women harder than the Knock Out Abuse organization.  A dinner for 20 women has expanded to a dinner for over 750 women.  How can you argue with that?”, said Sarah Nixon, the 2010 chair.

Stacie Turner, of the Real Housewives of DC was there along with cast mate Paul Wharton.  “I feel honored to be a part of an event that is for such a worthy cause.  There are probably some women tonight going through this and I’m glad we can all come together as one and support,” said Turner.

Both events had silent auctions, on hand was Redskins players Clinton Portis for the Women's auction. A dinner for 10 at two D.C. fire stations was an offer, and even a chance to visit to the soap opera sets of “All My Children” and “One Life To Live”.  There was even a raffle where guests could bid for a live puppy and a 15,000 necklace.

Around 11:30 p.m., buses pulled up with the men, who were ready to break from their fraternal evening and join the packed ballroom with beautiful women ready to dance the night away.