In Four Years DC’s Dancing Stars Gala Donates $1,042,500 for Local Charities
Washington, D.C. (February 12, 2018) – On Thursday, February 8, DC’s Dancing Stars Gala presented seven local charities with a total of $333,000 in donations raised at this year’s Gala bringing their four-year total to $1,042,500. Beneficiaries included The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Marymount University, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, Operation Second Chance, the Amelia Morgan Foundation and the Raymond A. Wood Foundation.
The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) received the largest check presented in the DC’s Dancing Stars Gala’s four-year history. The $100,000 donation will aid in the charity’s mission to assist economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to maternal and pediatric health care and support. “We are immensely grateful to Maria Coakley David, Jim David and the rest of the DC’s Dancing Stars team for the opportunity to participate in this charity event, and we were floored when we learned that JB-LF would be the recipient of this record-breaking $100,000 donation,” said Jennifer Myers, executive director of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. “Through this generosity, we’ll be able to help even more low-income expectant mothers and their babies get a fair start to life.”
The post gala celebration and check presentation event was attended by many past celebrity and corporate dancers including the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Mirror Ball Trophy winners: Matt Shank, President of Marymount University, Krystal Koons, spokeswoman for Jim Koons Automotive Group, and Lola Reinsch, CEO of the E.G. Reinsch Companies. Krystal set a new fundraising record for the gala, raising $115,000 when she competed in 2016.
The main event, which took place on Saturday, November 11, 2017, was hosted by founders Maria Coakley David and Jim David at the Sheraton Tyson’s Corner and featured 9 local Celebrities and 4 Corporate Challenge Dancers. The winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy and $10,000 for her charity, Marymount University, was Lola Reinsch, a commercial real estate developer, and philanthropist currently serving as CEO of the E.G. Reinsch Companies, who raised $60,000 in cash and sponsorships from more than 55 donors.
The winner of the Corporate Challenge, Caroline Coakley of Beautycounter, chose as her beneficiary the Raymond A. Wood Foundation, an organization that provides quality of life support for childhood brain tumor survivors and their families. With the winning $10,000 donation, the organization will be able to provide a handheld blood analyzer to a child suffering from diabetes insipidus. Handheld blood analyzers are hospital grade devices that are expensive, not covered by insurance and difficult to purchase for home use.
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