Tonight’s Green Ball, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue, NW, is a “really good ball,” says Erik Wemple, reporting from the scene.

In fact, Wemple says that the evening’s entertainment, singer/rapper Wyclef Jean, “is rockin’ it!” Jason Cherkis adds that there are “muffin-shaped apple pies with cheese on top,” and that, even at the end of the night, “they are still warm. Yum.”

The Green Ball’s celebrity attendees include: Hayden Panettiere, of Heroes fame, and singer Jackson Browne.

Yamiche Alcindor, a senior at Georgetown University, tells Cherkis the event is “amazing” and well worth the $500 ticket price, since it “goes to a good cause.” The Green Ball’s mission was to “have a minimal impact while maintaining the aesthetics, quality and standards expected from an Inaugural ball experience,” according to event literature.

Still, Alcindor admits she didn’t buy a ticket to get into the ball. “I didn’t actually pay $500,” she says, adding, “students can’t pay for balls.”

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