Our home team, the Washington Nationals, has been quite busy over the past few weeks. With a record of now 40-38, a winning streak, and now a brand new manager, we should not forget that while they keep us entertained and cheering on the field, the team also has a strong charitable side.
Their sixth annual gala which was held on the 18th at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and brought in over 650 guests, plus the entire 25-man roster in addition to coaches, trainers and front office staff.
Attendees could bid on one-of-a-kind auction items including baskets of each players favorite things, game-used sports memorabilia, the chance to take part in the teamâ€™s official 2011 photo and even an American flag that was flown by an elite U.S. Navy SEAL Team in Afghanistan during the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden.
It was an affair full of sports and community outreach which raised a significant amount to benefit the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.
Over the years, the Dream Gala has raised more than $2 million for the Dream Foundationâ€™s three cornerstone programs:
The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy: The Academy will operate as a youth development program committed to teaching the fundamentals of baseball and softball while providing after-school and summer educational programs for youth in Wards 7 and 8. The Academy is expected to open in 2012.Â For more information, visit nationals.com/academy.
The Washington Nationals Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex at Childrenâ€™s National Medical Center: This facility will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting families of children with diabetes.
The Neighborhood Initiative: Deserving organizations are presented with various resources and in-kind donations to further their dedication and work toward improving the Southeast/Southwest DC neighborhoods surrounding Nationals Park and beyond.
**All photos courtesy of the Washington Nationals
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.