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Tour of Capitol dome up grabs at Heart Ball

Article Published: May. 13, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Tour of Capitol dome up grabs at Heart Ball

Auction participants at the May 14 Hearts of Hospitality Ball could win an exclusive tour of the U.S. Capitol dome.

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A tour of the Capitol dome in Washington D.C. will be on the auction block at the upcoming Hearts of Hospitality Ball on Friday, May 14.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx donated the exclusive tour for the second year in row. Last year, the tour raised more than $1,000 for the Hospitality House at the annual event.

The dome tour is available only through a congressional representative.

The package includes a guided tour through the Capitol up to the rotunda around the inside of the top of the dome, with a close-up view of the fresco most only see from the ground. Tourists are then allowed to walk the rotunda outside the dome for a 360-degree view of Washington D.C. from one of the highest points in the city.

Aaron Groen, communications director for Foxx, said Foxx's office provides access to approximately one tour per month for citizens. The tour is only available a couple times per day at the Capitol for all House of Representatives members to provide access.

Foxx, schedule permitting, will meet with the person who purchases the package at the Hearts Ball on the day of the tour.

Other live auction items include a basketball signed by Dwayne Wade and a 2009 Appalachian State University football signed by the players and coaches.

The ball will have live music by Todd Wright, a dinner buffet and a silent auction with items donated by various businesses and artisans.

The Dancing with the Stars competition will return this year.

Dance contestants include Robin Lane and Andy Glass dancing the samba, Edie and Fred Milano with their rendition of the shag, Cay and Andy Harkins with a swing style routine, and the High Country Dance Crew performing a hiphop routine.

The contest will be emceed by Gwen Dhing as Tina Turner. Winners will be decided by the audience through monetary votes, and $1 equals one vote. An open dance contest will follow the Dancing with the Stars for the general public. The contestants will dance to "In the Mood," and the winner will be determined by the professional dancers.

Tickets are $75 per person, $50 of which is tax deductible within the law. Tickets and advance Dancing with the Stars voting may be done by calling Rose Bridgeman at (828) 264-2733.
The event is semi-formal, meaning black-tie optional.

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