Cocktails and Cash with the Dot-Com Congressman

September 26, 2000, 12:00 AM EDT

Fund-raiser for Rep. Sam Gejdenson Vine Friday, 06.23.00, 6 PM to 8 PM
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How about this for the latest rage in fund-raising themes: Bring the bank vault right to the congressman. That's the way it was at a Friday night cocktail party and fund-raiser for Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-Conn.), aka ”Congressman Dot-Com.” Matthew Cohen of hosted the summer fund-raiser in the vault space at Vine, the hot Wall Street dot-com hangout.

Imagine walking into a room through a three-foot thick vault door into a space with hundreds of safety deposit boxes and low hanging lights that has been renovated into a very cool site for parties. Dot-com folks could actually visualize all the stock earnings they would have had before the March 2000 correction. It was pure New Economy mingling in an Old Economy fortress.

The congressman suggested that host Cohen--who is quite the speaker and has his share of connections--should think about getting into politics in a district far away from his own in Connecticut.

As the invitation promised, ambient jazz band Mission to Mars played in the background, and the party was cool fun.

--David Adler

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