Madison Supports Northern Virginia Family Service
Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) recently held its 90th Anniversary Celebration – Road to Independence Gala. More than 600 people attended the event, including Madison’s Jim and Rebecca McDermott, who were guests of Casey Veatch, Master of Ceremonies and long-time champion of NVFS.
The event was a huge success, bringing in a record $688,000 to support NVFS’s efforts to build strong communities by investing in housing, health, education and childcare services.
In attendance were Governor and Mrs. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, and many state and local officials and administrators. Mary Agee, pictured below with the Governor, has provided inspirational leadership as Chief Executive Officer of NVFS since 1988.
“NVFS is operated as well as any business I’ve ever seen,” said Bill Hoover, CEO of American Systems and chairman of this year’s gala. “[And that is critical as] we’re in a market where charitable organizations are running out of steam. The donation pool is being affected. Government funds aren’t as available as they’ve been in the past.”
Event honorees included Sid Dewberry, founder of the architecture and engineering firm Dewberry, who was recognized by NVFS for his long-term charitable, civic and academic endeavors and Lauren Peterson, current director of the Peterson Family Foundation, who was honored for her support of a broad range of local charitable groups to aid children and families in Northern Virginia as well as helping create the Life with Cancer program at Inova Health System.
Founded in 1924, NVFS serves more than 36,000 individuals and families each year with a wide range of programs designed to deal with complex problems of today.
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