Pearl Dive Opens With a Purpose Published September 11, 2011 • Updated on September 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm The new Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack celebrated with a pre-opening bash with oysters, bocce, and fundraising efforts against diabetes. 10 photos 1/10 Kate Michael 2/10 Kate Michael The new Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack (1612 14th St. N.W.) celebrated with a pre-opening bash with oysters, bocce -- and a fundraising initiative with the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex. Here, Black Jack bartenders showcase how personality is just as important as the pour. 3/10 Kate Michael Christie, Mary, Erika and Molly enjoyed a sneak peek at the Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (downstairs) and Black Jack (upstairs) before the place officially opens next week. 4/10 Kate Michael Proceeds from the evening helped to meet a fundraising goal of $200,000 to build a state-of-the-art kitchen at the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center to support children with diabetes. 5/10 Kate Michael A ticket to the bash included fare (think six types of oysters!), celebratory champagne and a cash bar. 6/10 Kate Michael The owners, Barbara and Jeff Black, want to help serve the needs of children and families with diabetes by fundraising to provide a realistic stage for food education and healthy cooking. 7/10 Kate Michael Ava and Vinson upstairs at Black Jack... a place for the gamers. 8/10 Kate Michael Put down the champagne! (No, wait, don't go crazy here.) It's just that 2,000+ oysters were available for the nomming. 9/10 Kate Michael Don't be alarmed, but do any of you feel like you're... being watched over? ...David, Denise and Corey checked out some the place's unique accents in the back Bocce Room. 10/10 Kate Michael Michelle and Beverly hung out in the back Bocce Room grandstands -- this is D.C.'s first indoor bocce hall! 0 More Photo Galleries Brag on Your Grad: Celebrating 2020 Graduates in DC, Maryland and Virginia Photos: Protests, Unrest in DC Following George Floyd’s Death Protesters, Enraged by Black Americans Killed, Gather Nationwide NBC4-T44 Friday Fun: Show and Tell!