'Hairspray' creator encourages participation in public service

The Partnership for Public Service got an unusual helping hand Wednesday night at a fund-raiser for the nonprofit organization.

John Waters, writer and director of the movie Hairspray, lent his name, franchise and a touch of his absurdity to a benefit on opening night of Hairspray's musical version at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

"The lead characters in my movies are people who are treated as outsiders and don't get the respect they deserve," Waters said. "Who fits that description better than federal employees? I'm glad the Partnership for Public Service is sticking up for these unsung heroes."

The organization's mission includes inspiring young people to pursue a career in civil service. According to PPS President Max Stier, the millions of dollars being spent on lobbying for a new Supreme Court nominee should be spent on getting the best young talent to fill other government posts as well.

About 400 people attended the benefit, including Interior Department Secretary Gale Norton and former CNN anchor Judy Woodruff.

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