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Linda Al-Jaradat (center) of the Journal waves as Al Goldberg (left) of W. Miller & Co. is handed his bag by Whitney Suntum
Linda Al-Jaradat (center) of the Journal waves as Al Goldberg (left) of W. Miller & Co. is handed his bag by Whitney Suntum

The Washington Business Journal’s Alex Orfinger threw what will surely rank as one of the biggest bashes of this young year. 

Leon Seemann, deputy director and Linda Donavan Harper, executive director of Cultural Tourism DC (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Leon Seemann, deputy director and Linda Donavan Harper, executive director of Cultural Tourism DC

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Journal and its Book of Lists, Orfinger hosted a party that filled, yes filled, the mighty big main hall of the National Building Museum/Pension Building this past Thursday evening. 

Over a thousand happy, partying guests enjoyed Ridgewell’s finest. If so inclined, partiers could compete on Nintendo's WII set up on big TVs or pose next to the latest models of luxury cars. But the highlight of the evening was a big, all-join-in flash mob of music and dancing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K53RqprawU0.

Patti Cochran (left) and Danny Bortnick of CBSRadio's local station WNEW 99.1 and Loretta Lage of COMCAST (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Patti Cochran (left) and Danny Bortnick of CBSRadio's local station WNEW 99.1 and Loretta Lage of COMCAST

After an evening filled with social networking, exchange of business cards, consumption of delicacies, and photo ops with luxury vehicles, departing guests left with goodie bags that included a copy of the Book of Lists, that invaluable guide to the Washington area's industry leaders, including public and private companies, largest employers, top commercial real estate firms, and fastest growing companies.

Mary Merritt of the American Diabetes Assoc. and Kim Watson of Pepco (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Mary Merritt of the American Diabetes Assoc. and Kim Watson of Pepco

Gallery owner Margery Goldberg (left) with Bill Hanbury and wife Valerie.  He heads the United Way of the National Capital Area (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Gallery owner Margery Goldberg (left) with Bill Hanbury and wife Valerie. He heads the United Way of the National Capital Area