The FCBA’s Annual Charity Auction, that is.

FCBA auction poster - 2016-1OK, all you current or wannabe high rollers, risk takers, deal makers, thrill seeking bargain hunters, bon vivants … and anybody else, for that matter. Get out your calendars and mark November 10, 2016 – because that’s the date of this year’s FCBA Charity Auction. It’s a Thursday, if that makes a difference. It’s also the day before Veterans Day (more about that below).

As usual, the action will be going down at The Sphinx Club at the Almas Temple (conveniently located at 1315 K Street, NW, in downtown D.C.). Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. They’re estimating last call for some time around 10:00 p.m., but let’s not forget that the next day is a Federal Holiday. Also as usual, it’s free! AND you get free tickets for a drink (plus food) just for showing up! What’s not to like?

We here in the CommLawBlog bunker don’t get out much, but the FCBA Auction is one of those Be-There-Or-Be-Square shindigs that can’t be missed. So as a service both to the Auction and to our readers, we’re providing this “Save the Date” notice.

Since the prize list for Auction 2016 is still in development, it’s too soon to preview all the goodies up for grabs. We do hear, though, that this year you’ll be able to bid on dinner for two in the company of Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema, a James Beard Award winner. Sign us up!

The Veterans Day Eve scheduling of this year’s Auction is not a coincidence. Proceeds from the auction will go to both the FCBA Foundation and Miriam’s Kitchen, a D.C. institution for more than 30 years which is dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C., with a specific focus on ending homelessness for veterans in the Nation’s Capital by the end of THIS year.

Not going to be in D.C. on November 10? No problem – there’s going to be an online auction, too.

(BTW – If you’ve got something to contribute to be auctioned – and you know that you probably do – they want to hear from you. Contact Starsha Valentine at the FCBA. Her email is, or you can give her a shout at 202-293-4000. You’ll also need to complete an Auction Donation Form, but Starsha can totally hook you up with that, or you can download it here.)