What he found was a former nurse "who knew what she was talking about" when chatting with docs in the emergency ward, in the ICU, and at the mammogram screener. "It didn't look like it was just put on for politics," he says of Judi, the subject of some recent nasty news stories. Surprised that the Giulianis kept their commitment—made before the presidential campaign—to host the $1.6 million fundraiser, Larsen was also wowed by what the duo raked in on their own at the August 4 dinner: $30,000 for a round of golf with them. Better yet: They agreed to a second round when another attendee bid $30,000. Even more: Judi offered to continue helping. "She was not a phony," says Larsen. "I was impressed, yes."