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Hats “On” for Boys Town Washington DC

Racing for the roses

On Saturday, May 4, Boys Town Washington DC celebrated the 4th Annual Racing for the Roses Gala at the historic Mayflower Hotel.

Donors came dressed in their brightest florals, enjoying derby-inspired food, a silent auction and mint juleps leading up to a live stream of the 145th Kentucky Derby.

The Gala was a huge success with 240 attendees and a record-breaking year of raising $179,000. Funds raised will directly impact the Family Home Program, Care Coordination Services and the Behavioral Health Clinic in Washington DC.

During the event John Malcom, Boys Town Washington DC Board Chairman, received the first ever Boys Town Washington DC Father Flanagan Award. This award recognizes and honors those in the community for their commitment to ensuring at-risk youth get the second chance they need to succeed.

The emcee for the evening was Emmy award-winning journalist and WJLA7 news anchor Michelle Marsh. Former Boys Town youth, Jim St. Germain, was the keynote speaker. Jim is now the co-founder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, Inc. (PLOT), a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth. He is also the author of the book A Stone of Hope: A Memoir.

The night was full of fun for all those in attendance, benefitting a great cause.

"I loved the cheering from the crowd as we watched the horse race live. Plus it was great seeing all of our biggest supporters together in one room," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator, Boys Town Washington DC. "I also loved the hats everyone wore! It was a very well-dressed group of people."

Boys Town Washington DC would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Racing for the Roses Gala. We would also like to recognize our Title Sponsor, The Barber Family Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Boys Town Washington DC can continue to make a lasting difference on the lives of children and families.