Gala 2018, A Record Success

This year’s 30th anniversary gala was a great success that raised more than $130,000! With hundreds of auction items, including tickets to Port City Brewery, to the Mark Twain Awards, and to a Capitals game, the event proved to be our most successful night yet. It was a wonderful way to celebrate 30 years of serving women and children in DC. We also honored some very special members of our NEW community.

This This year’s 2018 NEW Light Alumna Award went to Coretha Robinson, whose bright smile and positive attitude have propelled her from homeless, addicted drug user to NEW employee. Working at NEW since 2007, Coretha feels that this is her way to “give back to the place that gave me so much.” She enjoys helping the NEW residents in any way she can, sometimes just by being a positive presence as they walk in and out of the door. “I give them the respect that we all deserve, the kind of respect that I didn’t get from myself or others until I came to NEW,” she said. “Coretha is a strong woman who has seen struggles and risen above them, while through it all, maintaining a positive attitude,” Wanda said. “She has a heart to give back and share her experiences for the benefit of the ladies we serve. She is such a great example for the women here.”

NEW also honored Bob Wittig with the Mary Popit Partner in Caring Award. Bob has been a generous supporter of NEW for years. “We couldn’t do what we do without loyal supporters like Bob,” Wanda said. “He is a real friend and benefactor for NEW and we are so appreciative of all he has done for us.”

The Junior League of Washington is another NEW friend. The group was honored with the Volunteer Service Award for organizing regular volunteer initiatives for NEW. They have hosted motivational speakers, job trainings, financial literacy tutorials and even a belly dancing class! It was these honorees as well as all our loyal NEW family members who made our 30th anniversary gala such a special one.

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It’s been a challenging time for all of us as we adjust our days, our budgets and our expectations to COVID-19. And now, add a city and country grasping for footing after the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and we all feel even more out of control, unstable, and concerned about the future. Here at NEW we know that one way we can process our own feelings is to think about the needs and feelings of others.

We need you. The women need you. Your community needs you. Now more than ever women and children in DC need a safe and stable place to live.