The 26th Annual Lab School Gala honored outstanding achievers with learning disabilities.
By Sheila Mulhern
Family, friends, alumni, government leaders and corporate sponsors came together for the 26th Annual Lab School held at the National Building Museum with US Senator Mark Warner of Virginia as the Keynote Speaker. For over 40 years The Lab School has provided a unique learning experience for bright children with moderate to severe learning disabilities.
Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent for CNN and host of “State of the Union,” was the night’s emcee and Lab School parents Hilary Rosen and Elizabeth Birch served as gala co-chairs.
The night also honored the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, Jason Hunter ’01. Additional individuals with learning disabilities who were honored included Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Army Veteran and Public Speaker; and John Muir Laws, Naturalist, Artist, Illustrator and Educator. They now share the honor with past gala award recipients including Charles Schwab, Magic Johnson, Danny Glover, Tom Cruise, Richard Avedon and many more.
Government representatives also attended to show their support including Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, Senator Max Baucus of Montana and Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas.