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Boys Town Washington DC Celebrates its First Racing for the Roses Gala

David Child, Boys Town Washington DC Board Member (right)

​​On Saturday, May 7, Boys Town Washington DC celebrated a day at the races at its first Racing for the Roses Gala at the Renaissance Washington DC DuPont Circle Hotel. The Kentucky Derby-style event, emceed by Markette Sheppard, hostess of Great Day Washington, featured “the excitement of Churchill Downs without the plane fare”.

The evening began with a cocktail reception, which welcomed guests with a mint julep, followed by a silent auction, games, a hat contest, and a watch party of the horse race. More than 160 guests enjoyed the live bluegrass band and heavy hors d’oeuvres while cheering on their favorite horse.

Racing for the Roses was a success in part of Chairman Mary Lee Malcolm’s work—and her love of hats. With her collection of more than 100 derby-styled hats, Boys Town employees had the opportunity to pick their favorite to enjoy throughout the night.

Special guests included Angela Franco-Gulick, President and CEO of Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Ken Jenkins, retired Washington Redskins player; Marshall Keys, renowned jazz musician; Muriel Bowser, mayor; and Lonnie Sanders, retired NFL player.

“Racing for the Roses was a huge success for our first year of planning,” said Sarah Galvan, Executive Director, Boys Town Washington DC. “I want to thank Mary Lee Malcolm for putting so much time in ensuring that all of our guests had a wonderful time. I am confident and looking forward to this event’s continued growth in the years to come.”

Boys Town thanks the many people who worked diligently to make Racing for the Roses such a success!