Gala & Auction, Fun and Fundraising for Next Steps

On Saturday, October 28, more than 190 persons gathered at the Washington Episcopal School to celebrate our 31st Annual Gala & Auction "We're All in this Together".
$74,000 and counting, including gifts from partner churches & schools, individual and corporate sponsors, was raised to support more than 2,000 persons who participate in our Next Step Program. We sincerely thank Independent Project Analysis for their sponsorship, as well as Mindy's Catering, GRC Direct, Seabury Resources for the Aging, Jay and Liz Everhart (Wine Sponsor) Bob and Ellie Tupper (Beer Sponsor), Jane Bishop (Music Sponsor), as well as all our other sponsors for making the evening possible.
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"The Gala was stupendous - a real party! So well organized and top notch - especially the band [After The Flood]. The awards, donations, speeches and the people - so entertaining and meaningful, said Paula of Transfiguration Episcopal Church, Silver Spring.

Over the course of the evening, guests won 110 items -- ranging from hand-made baby bibs to three nights in Provincetown, MA -- from our silent and live auctions and raised almost $24,000! To all who donated their time, talent and treasure to make the auction possible: thank you!

We celebrated the work and energy of three fantastic awardees:
  • Larry Gooch for his exceptional achievements in the Next Step Program and his work in our Speaker's Bureau;
  • Meigan Chan for her boundless compassion andservice to our participants; and
  • St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, DC for their outstanding engagement and work in support of Samaritan Ministry,

Our special thanks to Rev. Dr. Drew Hill, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church Arlington, for being our Master of Ceremonies, and Rev. W. Ronald Evans, our Auctioneer.

Click here to visit our gallery to see more photos from the event.