Celebrate the Transformative Power of the Arts:

Join Us for CONNECTED! The HeART of Community

- Annual Community Gala

  • Date: October 14, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Venue: Bethesda Theater (Formerly Bethesda Blues & Jazz)
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Thank you for being a part of CONNECTED! The HeART of Community, our annual fundraising gala, truly enchanted all who attended. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support.

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As we reflect on the evening, we can’t help but be inspired by the magical atmosphere that filled the venue. Hosted by Emmy award-winning anchor Allison Seymour and rising Hollywood star Drew Olivia Tillman, the event showcased artistic expression like no other. The performances by industry-leading young artists in visual arts, spoken word, dance, and music left us in awe of their boundless talents.

But CONNECTED! The HeART of Community went beyond the stage. Throughout the event, we had the privilege to honor the remarkable achievements and contributions of an extended network of advocates, benefactors, and volunteers who have made a lasting impact on the lives of the youth we serve. Your dedication to our cause has created a ripple effect of positivity that continues to touch the lives of countless children and families.

Thanks to your contributions we embraced the transformative power of the arts and empowered the future generation of artists and change-makers TOGETHER. Your continued support is vital, and your belief in the mission of the National Center for Children and Families is deeply appreciated.

While our annual gala was a resounding success, the need for your help and support remains ongoing. The journey to empower and uplift the lives of young individuals continues, and we invite you to stand with us in this endeavor. Your contributions, whether through donations, volunteer work, or advocacy, make a world of difference.

The Power of Art - Transforming Lives

Artistic expression and cultural experiences have an incredible power to inspire self-discovery, heal, engage, and empower infinite possibilities. Through CONNECTED! The HeART of Community, we aim to emphasize the profound impact of the arts on young lives.

Nurturing Invisible Talent

By supporting our event, you directly nurture the artistic talents of impoverished and displaced children, providing them with opportunities and experiences they might not otherwise have. Together, we can unlock their potential and make a lasting impact on their lives.

Arts Equity for All

All children, including those historically underrepresented, deserve access to arts and culturally enriching experiences. Our mission is to bridge the gap and ensure that every child, regardless of their circumstances, can benefit from the transformative benefits of artistic expression and exploration.

  • Date: October 14, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Venue: Bethesda Theater (Formerly Bethesda Blues & Jazz)

SPECIAL GUESTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

NCCF’s brightest stars, powerhouse artists and media trailblazers, including:

Brianna Stoute

Brianna Stoute

Honorary Chair

Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson

Special Guest Performer

Allison Seymour

Allison Seymour

Emcee

Drew Olivia Tillman

Drew Olivia Tillman

Emcee

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Dance Dimensions

Youth Performer

Lay TC & Marc

Lay TC & Marc Anthony Fitzgerald

Youth Performer

Catherine Leggett

Catherine Leggett

Co-Host &
Community Connector

Jeffery Slavin

Jeffery Slavin

Co-Host &
Community Connector

Northwood Latin Dance Club

Northwood Latin Dance Club

Youth Performer

Saniya (Poetry S.A.P.)

Saniya (Poetry S.A.P.) of Word Beats Life

Youth Performer

HONOREES

Girl Scout Troops

Girl Scout Troop 5585

Humanitarian Spirit Award for Volunteerism
Dr. Michael J. Martirano

Dr. Michael J. Martirano

Superintendent, Howard County Public School Tom Cookerly Exceptional School Superintendent Leadership Award
John Pierce

John Pierce

Comptroller
Invisible Hand Foundation
Champion in Our Midst Award

Reverend Timothy Warner

Reverend Timothy Warner

Sr. Pastor,
Emory Grove Methodist Church
Humanitarian Lifetime Impact Award

Zion Baptist Church

Zion Baptist Church

Humanitarian Spirit Award for Volunteerism
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Tigst Tesfay

John F. White Alumni Award

Come together as a community and make a difference in the lives of invisible youth.

Here's how you can get involved:

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Donate:

Your financial contribution will underwrite arts education, cultural experiences, and mentorship programs for less fortunate children. Support our cause and empower these young artists to flourish.

2

Spread the Word:

Share our event and mission with your network, encouraging others to contribute and join us in celebrating the artistic talents of children in our community.

3

Volunteer:

Consider sharing your artistic and cultural expertise on-site to provide programs and activities that reach more children, creating a lasting impact on their lives.

Sponsor the HeART of Community

Your sponsorship will positively change the lives of the more than 51,000 struggling children, youth, and families that NCCF serves in the National Capital Region.

$25,000
$15,000
$10,000
$5,000
$2,500
$1,500

ADVANCE PACKAGE

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EDUCATE PACKAGE

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NOURISH PACKAGE

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CREATE PACKAGE

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SPEAK PACKAGE

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LAUNCH PACKAGE

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For sponsorship related questions, contact Dahlia Levin, Director of Development and External Relations dlevin@nccf-cares.org or 301-365-4480

HONORARY CHAIR

Brianna Stoute

Broadway Actress, Singer & Dancer

CO-HOST AND COMMUNITY CONNECTORS

Catherine Leggett

First Lady of Montgomery County

Jeffrey Slavin

Mayor of Somerset, MD

HONORARY COMMITTEE

Gabe Albornoz

Montgomery County Council

Michael and Sonia Barros

Nathan and Jackie Beach

Patrice King Brickman

Doug Brown

Hossein and Guitty Ejtemai

Marc Elrich

Montgomery County Executive

Natali Fani-Gonzalez

Montgomery County Council

Andrew and Tracey Friedlander

Brian and Marcy Frosh

Matthew Frumin

D.C. Council

Josiane M. Gabel

Evan Glass

President, Montgomery County Council

Janet Goldberg

Vincent Gray

D.C. Council

Brian and Sara Jane Harris

Michael and Vicki Herson

Will Jawando

Montgomery County Council

Sidney Katz

Montgomery County Council

Brooke Lierman

Maryland Comptroller

Dawn Luedtke

Montgomery County Council

Kenyan McDuffie

D.C. Council

Phil Mendelson

Chairman, D.C. Council

Kristin Mink

Montgomery County Council

Brianne Nadeau

D.C. Council

Zachary Parker

D.C. Council

Jamie Raskin

U.S. House of Representatives

Jay and Barbara Ripley

Talisha Searcy

Mayor, City of Takoma Park

Kate Stewart

Montgomery County Council

David Trone

U.S. House of Representatives

Robert White, Jr

D.C. Council

Marilyn Balcombe

Montgomery County Council

Gabe Albornoz

Montgomery County Council

Nathan and Jackie Beach

Doug Brown

Marc Elrich

Montgomery County Executive

Andrew and Tracey Friedlander

Matthew Frumin

D.C. Council

Evan Glass

President, Montgomery County Council

Vincent Gray

D.C. Council

Sidney Katz

Montgomery County Council

Dawn Luedtke

Montgomery County Council

Phil Mendelson

Chairman, D.C. Council

Brianne Nadeau

D.C. Council

Jamie Raskin

U.S. House of Representatives

Talisha Searcy

Mayor, City of Takoma Park

David Trone

U.S. House of Representatives

Marilyn Balcombe

Montgomery County Council

Michael and Sonia Barros

Patrice King Brickman

Hossein and Guitty Ejtemai

Natali Fani-Gonzalez

Montgomery County Council

Brian and Marcy Frosh

Josiane M. Gabel

Janet Goldberg

Brian and Sara Jane Harris

Michael and Vicki Herson

Will Jawando

Montgomery County Council

Brooke Lierman

Maryland Comptroller

Kenyan McDuffie

D.C. Council

Kristin Mink

Montgomery County Council

Zachary Parker

D.C. Council

Jay and Barbara Ripley

Kate Stewart

Montgomery County Council

Robert White, Jr

D.C. Council

Your support will:

Together, let’s celebrate the artistic talents of the children in our community and provide them with the opportunities they deserve. Help us unlock their potential and make a lasting impact on their lives through the transformative power of the arts and experiences.

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS

Brickman Family Foundation
Michael and Vicki Herson
Rich and Donna Mahan
Sheryl Brissett Chapman and Mamadou Seck
Phillip and Valerie Brown
Bryan and Sara Jane Harris
Lewis I. Askew, Jr.
Ralph and Lisa Belk
Jason Davis and Krystal Holland Davis
Ken and Kristin Mills
Russell and Leila Phillips
The Sunderman Family
Arlene Selber and Wayne Anmuth
Rachel and Cosma Spassiani

Philip and Janis Schiff
Michael and Sonja Barros
Scott and Karen Nudelman
Seth and Stacy Silber
Norman and Joan Glasgow
John and Barbara Ripley
Ted and Gloria Daniels
Doug and Mary Beth McDaniel
Megan O’toole
Rob and Susan Schaefer
Jermaine and Kristen Lemons
Neal and Maria Smith
Jacklyn Mittchell Wynn

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The HeART of Community and be a part of this meaningful journey of change.

Together, we can build a brighter future for young stars in our region.

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