At the 2006 Dream Ball,
Kristian Smith, a poised
15-year old graduate
2006 Partner, Higher Achievement
Program (HAP), talked about
growing up near the National
Building Museum. Kristian related
how he would hear gunshots and
listen to drug deals take place near
his home. But there was hope – just
two blocks away, 1,400-plus kids
were lined up, waiting for a chance
to enroll in a program that would
allow them to choose “hope over
chaos.” Kristian’s story opened the
hearts of CharityWorks’ supporters,
who helped raise over $1.4 million
– enough funds to add 200 at-risk
children to HAP.
Seven years ago, we had a dream
to build a philanthropic organization
dedicated to meeting the special
needs of at-risk families and children
in Washington. Due to the untiring
efforts of CharityWorks’ 100-plus members
and the 40 members of the advisory board,
the annual CharityWorks’ fundraising events
(Vintage Wine Tasting and Dream Ball) have
become the highlights of this community’s
charity-driven social season.
This year, under the banner of the theme SOARING, the CharityWorks Dream Ball will be held on September 29 at the National Building Museum. The primary benefi ciary (“Partner” in CharityWorks’ lexicon) of this year’s event will be Center City Consortium, an organization comprised of 12 elementary and middle schools located in some of the most under-resourced areas of the city. Proceeds from this black-tie affair and those from other CharityWorks events in 2007 are expected to net in excess of $1.5 million to benefi t the Consortium, several other area programs and a new CharityWorks Grant Program. This year, CharityWorks expects to exceed the funds raised in any previous year. The annual 100 Point Vintage Wine Tasting event in May netted over $600,000. The much-anticipated Dream Ball is expected to SOAR to new heights and reach the $1 million mark.
CharityWorks is a high-impact organization creating positive change in the Washington metropolitan area by uniting corporate leaders, donors and volunteers to enable non-profits to transform lives. Through a rigorous selection process, Charity Works brings local organizations to the attention of sponsors.
For many of them, being a CharityWorks partner is the only way to grow and fi nance new and meaningful programs.
Center City Consortium
recognizes the potential inherent
in children, understands the need
for research-based academic
programs and values the power
of partnerships. The Consortium
was chosen as CharityWorks
2007 Partner because of its
proven ability to provide the
opportunities and tools needed
to break the cycle of poverty
that defi nes the lives of so many
of its 2,400 students.
For more information on
CharityWorks, visit www.
charityworksdc.org or send an email to