Calvary Women’s Services’ 2023 Hope Gala Raises Over $550K

Funds will directly support women experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC

Washington, DC (May 9, 2023) – Calvary Women’s Services, a nonprofit serving women experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC, raised over $550,000 at the Hope Gala on April 26th. The funds will enable more than 250 women to transform their lives through Calvary’s housing, health, education, and employment programs each year.

“Our mission calls us to offer hope and assist women in ending their homelessness,” said Kris Thompson, CEO of Calvary Women’s Services. “These funds will allow us to continue offering housing with the services that women need to heal, build new skills, and achieve the goals they set for themselves.”

The sold-out event brought together 400 community and business leaders for silent and live auctions, dinner, and a program. Guests heard inspirational remarks from Fatima Bah, Candace McLaren Lanham, At-Large DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Traci Mitchell, Caitlin Sickles, and Sherron Washington.

Judith N. Batty, former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, current board member and past Chair of the Arena Stage Board, and former member of the Levine Music Board was presented the 2023 Hope Award for her courage, confidence, and trailblazing spirit. Judith spoke of the meaning of hope saying, “hope is an action word; it requires goal setting, confidence, and courage.”

Capital One was presented the 2023 Corporate Partner of the Year Award for its continued support of Calvary’s mission. In the past year alone, Capital One has made significant financial investments in Calvary programs, led a 10-week pro bono project to strengthen Calvary’s communications capacity, and empowered women at Calvary through financial management education.

“It is an honor and privilege to work with organizations like Calvary,” said Dane Moist, Manager of Community Impact and Investment at Capital One, who accepted the award on the company’s behalf. “Capital One supports growth in communities by closing systemic gaps in equity and opportunity, our commitment to Calvary builds upon Capital One’s core mission to change banking for good to help people thrive.”

Learn more about the Hope Gala at:

About Calvary Women’s Services
Calvary Women’s Services empowers homeless women to transform their lives through housing, health, education, and employment programs. Calvary provides these services in Wards 7 and 8, neighborhoods with the highest poverty rates in Washington, DC. Our programs help women who are survivors of violence and trauma, are living with mental illness, or are in recovery from substance abuse.

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