When Ms. Sashkin says “Jump”, we say “How high?” – and you should, too.

It’s that time of year again (actually, we’re just a bit late, but read on and you’ll see that, to make up for our tardiness, we’re making an offer you probably won’t be able to refuse – the photo at the left is a hint). The FCBA’s 2013 Charity Auction is tomorrow, November 7, as our colleague Davina Sashkin reminded us yesterday. If you haven’t made plans to be there, you ought to – and be prepared to be dazzled by the vast array of way cool stuff you’ll be able to bid on.

How much way cool stuff? This year’s prize book includes 53 (count ’em, 53!) pages of nothing but cool. (Here’s a link to a draft of the book that was slipped to us.)

Hungry? You’ve got your choice of a couple of dozen of restaurant options (including the Inn at Little Washington, Volt, Rasika , among others). Just looking for dessert? There are cake, cheesecake, cupcake opportunities (or you can roll the dice and go with the catered “Dessert Party” for up to 10).  Thirsty? Take your pick of wine (white and/or red, Virginia, California, Italian, and more), scotch (Balvenie, Macallan, HighlandPark, among others), bourbon, gin, martinis. 

And after you’ve totally over-indulged, you can take advantage of memberships in Washington Sports Club or Sports Club/LA – or if you prefer a bit more privacy (and we understand if you do), go for the eight private sessions with a certified personal trainer.

Looking for some sports action? You can score tickets to top-flight baseball (including bitchin’ seats at Fenway), football, basketball, hockey, soccer, horse racing and steeplechase events. And for the active among you, there are tennis, golfing and skiing available.

For the artsily inclined, there’s theater, symphony, ballet.

What if you just want to get away for a while?

Take your pick: the close-in (e.g., the Mandarin), the not-so-close-in (Rehoboth, Wintergreen, Monticello), the further-on-up-the-road (Princeton, Martha’s Vineyard, Sea Island), or the classic destinations (Paris, Orlando, Napa).

After all this, you’ll probably feel guilty about leaving the rest of your household home. NOT! Not, that is, if you successfully bid on the rad Lego set (for the kids) or the “Pooch Portrait and Pet Care” (for Fido). And for the house-sitter, you can bag multiple home entertainment items (DVD sets, an Xbox – you get the picture).

All of this merely scratches the surface of the prize potential.

But now for the Big News. We here at CommLawBlog are sorry that it took us so long to get this item up on the blog, and to make up for that, we are going to sweeten the pot for two auction prizes that attracted our attention.

The two items? 

First, a trip to MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama, complete with tours of the FAME Recording Studio and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. 

Second, a private one-hour harmonica lesson – with a harmonica thrown in, in case you seem to have misplaced yours – given by none other than former Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. 

If you’re the successful bidder for either (or both!) of those prizes, CommLawBlog hereby commits to providing you with your very own CommLawBlog sunglasses (retros or wraparounds – your call), so when you saunter into the FAME studios or sit down to blow some harp with Commissioner Bluesboy, you will look like you fit in (like young Liam in the photo, above). Just give us a shout once you’ve tied down the prize, and we’ll make it happen.

The action cranks up November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at The Sphinx Ballroom at the Almas Temple, located at 1315 K Street, N.W., Washington. It’s free and open to the public.  Once you get in, the food’s free AND you get TWO FREE DRINKS PER PERSON.  How can you possibly say no to that?

Proceeds of the auction will benefit Horizons Greater Washington and the FCBA Foundation, two very worthy causes. 

Horizons Greater Washington provides academic, cultural, and recreational programs designed to empower economically disadvantaged students in the D.C. area to realize their full potential.

The FCBA Foundation, of course, is the FCBA’s decades-old charitable organization that supports a variety of community outreach and communications-related educational programs. It will use proceeds from the Charity Auction to support its annual college scholarship program.