Thursday, June 08, 2006

AppleTree charter battle continues

The AppleTree institute are still hoping to expand their charter school to the Capital Hill area of the District and those opposed to the expansion say they're still committed to halting it. While the residents of the Hill district have succeeded in blocking the charter school's initial progress AppleTree have been beefing up their war-chest for the upcoming battles.
A few dozen guests -- some of whom flew in from as far as Denmark -- each shelled out a minimum of $30,000 to be wined and dined Friday night at the residence of the French ambassador. The dinner, sponsored by wine critic Robert Parker'’s philanthropy fund, was advertised as a benefit for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and AppleTree. And several of the wines slated to be served during the night's festivities -- including an 1834 Madeira Barbeito -- had a $9,000-per-bottle price tag.

About 150 people unable to attend the sold-out Friday event converged Saturday night in Georgetown at The Halcyon House for a minimum $5,000-a-plate dinner benefiting both groups. AppleTree officials had no comment on the events, which are said to have raised $1.3 million, officials said.

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