Dolores Huerta Honored at 16th Annual Hope Awards Dinner

Left to right: Calvary’s Board Chair Dee Martin, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, honoree Dolores Huerta, former resident Betty Entzminger and Calvary’s Executive Director Kris Thompson. Photo courtesy of Don Baker.

Last night, Calvary Women’s Services celebrated the achievements of women who overcome homelessness and empower each other to reach their goals during its 16th Annual Hope Awards Dinner. The event raised over $300,000 that will strengthen Calvary’s housing, health, education and employment services.

Each year, the Hope Award recognizes exceptional leaders who, through their volunteer or professional work, offer hope and strength to women in need. This year, Calvary was thrilled to honor Dolores Huerta, the labor legend and civil rights activist who founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) and co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.

The Hope Award was presented to Ms. Huerta by Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina Senator in U.S. history. In her keynote speech, Ms. Huerta stressed the importance of coming together and creating a just society: “There is nothing more precious or important than to help someone in need.”

The remarkable evening also featured inspiring women who work hard to transform their lives through Calvary’s holistic programs. Betty, a former resident at Calvary, shared her uplifting story of overcoming homelessness and achieving stability. “Calvary showed up at the right time to help bring back balance,” she said. “I am forever grateful for this experience.”

More than 300 guests attended the 16th Annual Hope Awards Dinner, including event sponsors, past Hope Award honorees, and community and business leaders, all of whom came together to offer hope and make an impact on the lives of women at Calvary. Among these guests were Heather Davis, Managing Director of Brand and Culture at MGAC, Wanda Gamble, VP of Business Development at Battelle, Gareth Fox, VP of HR Operations at Hilton, Dee Martin, Partner at Bracewell, and Kelly Brinkley, CEO of United Way of National Capital Region.

We thank everyone for coming and making this amazing night a huge success!

If you weren’t able to attend but would still like to support women in our community, you can donate here.

View photos from the 16th Annual Hope Awards Dinner.

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