Provided by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
A letter to Community Foundation Friends and Supporters from Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia:
Dear Community Foundation Friends and Supporters,
It was pure joy celebrating home and place with you last Friday evening at the Community Foundation’s 2019 Raise the Region Gala. Thank you for coming, for supporting our work, and for helping us honor Major General Carl McNair (RET) with the 2019 Community Leadership Award.
The event raised $570,000, which beat our expectations. It was a terrific outcome made possible by the dedication and hard work of the Community Foundation’s Board, staff, our amazing event honoree Carl, an army of caring volunteers and auction donors, a tireless Gala Committee, Gala Chair Ki Ho Kang, and the generosity of our many wonderful sponsors and supporters listed here.
Local philanthropy is growing, and that is important, as local needs are growing as well. But we are up for the challenge. Northern Virginia is strong and resilient, and so the Community Foundation is choosing to play a long game, growing permanent community endowments to benefit critical local needs, expanding our civic leadership role across the region, and helping to build a community that works for everyone.
None of this is remotely possible without your heartfelt generosity and authentic interest in our work.
Something shifted when we decided to care for one another. And that decision has made all the difference.
The second chance auction is open through Friday, Oct. 11, at 10:00 p.m. Anyone can participate in the auction, whether they attended the event or not. If you have not already done so, please register here, review the available items, and place your bids or simply make a donation. Winners will be notified, and items can be picked up at the Community Foundation office in Oakton.
Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia