WL’s First Look at Washington’s Outstanding Philanthropists and the Driving Forces Behind Local Charities.
Photography Joseph Allen
STANDING, FROM LEFT: Michael Farr, Chairman of the Sibley Hospital Foundation, Kathy Didawick, chair of A Vintage Affair to benefit Children’s National Medical Center, Bob Hisaoka, chair of the Joan Hisaoka Make a Difference Gala to assist those living with cancer, Charlotte Marshall, incoming chair of the Women’s Committee of the Washington Performing Arts Society, James Alefantis, board president of Transformer Gallery, Annie Totah, chair of the 2009 Phillips Collection Gala; SEATED, FROM LEFT: Izette Folger, Chair of the Transformer Auction, Mariella Trager, chair of the Refugees International 30th Anniversary Dinner, and Collette Bruce, incoming president of the Women’s Committee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Million-dollar gifts may receive the bulk of media attention, but for many area non-profits, the critical funds to cover daily expenses are raised through events. Gala dinners, cocktail receptions, concerts, and balls all rely upon the energetic leadership of individuals, in the form of chairs and committee heads, who assist with everything from invitation lists to menu planning; and who, most importantly, motivate others to attend or to donate. When it comes to the delicate art of fundraising, here are some of the best.