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Washington, D.C., September 30, 2010 - How many titans of real estate does it take to hold up a sign? A lot if they’re all very charitable and want to get personally involved in what they know will be a blowout party Oct. 14 at the Warner to help fund programs for at-risk middle school kids in this region. Assembling for our lens the other day: retired Studley vice chairman Steve Goldstein and co-chairs Vornado/Charles E. Smith chief Mitchell Schear and Lerner Enterprises principals Mark Lerner and Bob Tanenbaum. (We assume co-chairs JBG managing partner Mike Glosserman and Lerner principal Ed Cohen were out holding signs at local intersections.) The party will include performances by some of the Higher Achievement Scholars, dinner, then dancing to the great Texas cover band Skyrocket. And Steve will be specially honored for 25 years of active support. Get your tickets now:

Of course, they didn’t get to be titans of real estate by not having opinions. Here, we presume they are arguing about the best way to hold up a sign. But they all agree that Higher Achievement is one of the best investments in Washington. Sponsors already include top players like Quadrangle, Clark, Arnold & Porter, Lehman Smith McLeish, Studley, Cushman & Wakefield, Freddie Mac, Cottura Foundation, and Velsor Properties. But there’s still room for more in this remarkable non-profit that provides the kids who need it most preparation for top high school placement and college. Sign up today at

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