Looking Back on Our First Virtual Gala

By Jeff Hale

A few weeks ago, we had the experience of producing our first-ever virtual Gala, Together in Spirit, Onward in Action! and it was a great success. As of November 30, the Gala had been viewed over 1,000 times by people from across the U.S. and around the world. When the dust settled, we exceeded our ambitious fundraising goal of $100,000 and we want to thank everyone who contributed to making that achievement possible. Highlights of the evening included:

  • Outstanding Participant Award – Ms. Antoinette Green
  • Compassionate Samaritan Award – Ms. Nannie Adair
  • Outstanding Partner Award – St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Annandale (VA)
  • Master of Ceremonies – Colbert I. King
  • Special Message – U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, you can still watch the Gala by going to the Events section of our Facebook page, or on our YouTube site.

We’d like to thank our major sponsors one last time:

IPA – Independent Project Analysis

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Grassroot Communications

Jay Mallin Film and Photo

Cairo Wine and Liquors

Special thanks once again to the volunteers and staff who were working tirelessly to make it a success, including worked either behind the scenes or on screen.