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Boys Town Washington DC Celebrates Racing for the Roses Gala


On Saturday, May 5, Boys Town Washington DC celebrated the 3rd annual Racing for the Roses Gala at the Capital Hilton. The event was an opportunity to bring together donors and sponsors of the site to celebrate and of course watch "the most exciting two minutes in sports."

The evening's proceedings included live jazz music, a hat contest, viewing of the 144th Kentucky Derby and both silent and live auctions.

The 3rd  annual Racing for the Roses Gala was a big success, raising  around $125,000 for Boys Town Washington DC , an amount they hope to surpass in future years.

"We would love to see the event keep growing," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator, "We hope to increase community involvement and in turn, boost attendance, helping to spread the mission of Boys Town."

One of the goals of this year's gala was putting an emphasis on the Behavioral Health Clinic, which has grown exponentially in DC for the past three years since its opening. Director of the Behavioral Health Clinic, Dr. Robert J. Wingfield, had the opportunity to speak to guests at this year's gala – moving a few individuals to tears with his impactful success stories.

"Here at Boys Town Washington DC we are really focusing on expanding our Behavioral Health Clinic because we are finding a huge need within the community," stated Tomlinson, "and we are working very hard to meet those needs."

Boys Town Washington DC continues to expand the new Behavioral Health Clinic. In the past year they have hired three new psychologists with the hopes to help and heal over 400 clients this year. The gala was a great opportunity to share this ongoing work with the incredible donors and sponsors of the site.

Big thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the 3rd annual Racing for the Roses Gala! It was an incredible success that brought our supporters together to celebrate what Boys Town is really all about.