Samaritan Ministry 2012 Spring Gala Wows
Friends and supporters joined together for an evening of fun at SMGW’s Spring Gala on March 10, 2012. Maureen Bunyan, veteran ABC7/WJLA-TV news broadcaster, served as the emcee for the event. The Spring Gala featured both a live and silent auction, with music by The Next Step Band. Gala guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, pasta and festive drinks. Exciting auction items included a guided tour of CNN, vacation getaways and a breakfast with the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Bunyan even joined in on the fun, offering a tour of ABC7/WJLA-TV for next year’s auction!
Samaritan Ministry honored SMGW’s longtime Executive Director, David Downes, at the Gala. During a special tribute to Downes, SMGW staff performed an original song, and members of SMGW’s Board of Directors presented Downes with an engraved crystal bowl. Downes expressed his appreciation to SMGW supporters, volunteers and staff, saying, "Gratitude is the heart’s memory, thank you, thank you.”
The Spring Gala raised over $52,000 for Samaritan Ministry’s Next Step Program. Each month, the Next Step Program helps improve the lives of more than 300 people who are homeless or otherwise in need. Click here for more information on the Next Step Program.
Samaritan Ministry would like to thank all of our Partner Parishes, supporters, volunteers and staff for making this year’s Spring Gala such a wonderful success!