Mary’s Center Celebrates 25 Years Amidst the Government Shutdown

Its largest fundraiser of the year is expected to support the current threat of the Center’s ability to deliver its full range of services


Washington, DC – On Friday, October 18th, Mary’s Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary gala Noche Tropical, despite the government shutdown and the recent announcement from the DC Department of Health Care Finance that it will delay close to one million dollars of Medicaid funding, due to the center for services rendered, before the end of the year.

“These are uncertain times for everyone, but this year we will hold our landmark annual gala, hoping that our fervent supporters will be especially generous in light of the heavy burden carried by everyone in this country,” says Maria Gomez, founder, president and CEO.

With the tagline Celebrating 25 Years of Impact, Mary’s Center will gather 600 guests, including the initial founders, long-time friends and supporters, and our board and staff to commemorate the impact that the Mary’s Center programs have had in the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals  in the last 25 years.

This will be Mary’s Center’s largest gala to date and will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington with a reception, a silent auction, sit-down dinner, and dancing. It will feature Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO as Keynote speaker; Thomas Graham, Pepco Region President, as Chair; co-host Ray Suarez, PBS; Doug Kammerer, NBC Meteorologist; and a proclamation from DC Mayor, Vincent Gray.

“We started in 1988 at a small basement in Adams Morgan with 10 employees serving 200 women a year,” says Rebecca Diamond, Chief Development Officer. “Today, we have more than 400 employees at six locations and two mobile units serving nearly 40,000 women, men, children, youth and seniors in the entire DC metropolitan region. “

The gala planning team hopes to raise an additional $200,000 during the event to reach the Center’s fundraising goal (from individuals) of $2M before the end of 2013.




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