Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will attempt the improbable, if not the impossible Thursday night: to act civilly and good-naturedly rib each other at New York’s annual Al Smith charity dinner. . . .
As has been the custom over the dinner’s 71-year history, the audience inside the Waldorf Astoria ballroom will include about 1,500 in white-tie formal attire. They have paid $3,000 to $15,000 per person, raising about $5 million for Catholic charities providing services to impoverished New York children, said Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for New York’s archdiocese.
The state’s top elected officials will attend, as will Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Zwilling said he didn’t know whether Dolan would be placed between the two candidates, as has been the practice in some past years.
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