Supporters of the Northern Virginia Family Service’s 2014 Road to Independence Gala gathered earlier this month at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner to celebrate and benefit the group’s mission to promote community cooperation and empower families to improve their quality of life.
The high-energy event drew $688,000 in donations from its approximately 600 attendees.
Brad Antle, the president and chief executive of Salient Federal Solutions, was among the hundreds of business leaders and sponsors who attended the May 9 gala:
“Today more than ever, it is important for us to unite together, to focus on issues that matter, and to make a difference in any way we can,” Antle said. “NVFS’s relentless commitment makes that possible for families and individuals to have a better future,especially during these strong economic headwinds.”
AMERICAN SYSTEMS CEO Bill Hoover served as the Road to Independence gala chair for the event that also marked NVSF’s 90th year serving as a regional social service provider. Hoover took on the role of Chair after serving on the event’s board beginning in 2011. He opened up to WashingtonExec in March about what to expect at the May event, federal spending reductions and their impact on local communities and other NVFS programs.
The event featured a live and silent auction, personal testimonies from clients whose lives have been impacted by NVFS and the presentation of the group’s Legends of Northern Virginia Award and Community Champion Award given respectively to Dewberry Chairman Emeritus Sid Dewberry and Lauren Peterson, a Peterson Companies principal.