There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Is there an inverse relationship between the amount of money Daniel Snyder pumps into his Redskins and the level of fan excitement about the team? Last Saturday night at a charity auction benefiting Zacchaeus Free Clinic and Bread for the City, Zacchaeus staff-attorney-cum-auctioneer Jenny Shulz presented four goal-line tickets for next season’s Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game. Minutes earlier, a log cabin quilt had netted nearly $2,000, and a week on Cape Cod fetched $4,500. But despite the added lure of a football autographed by legendary quarterback Joe Theismann, Shulz couldn’t rouse much interest in D.C.’s gridders. She pleaded for audience members to bid high on the estimated $315 package; last year, a similar offering went for $800. After an uncomfortable silence, a weary patron plunked down $400. “Apparently people aren’t as crazy about Joe Theismann as we thought they would be,” says Jennifer Olsen, the clinic’s special-events coordinator. —Stephanie Mencimer