Notes from the President:
On February 15, Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA hosted our signature family event, Bright Stars at Disney on Ice Presented by M&T Bank at Capital One Arena.
As it has done for the last 20 years, Bright Stars provided a special evening of fun for families with children whose everyday obstacles may make it challenging to attend an event like Disney on Ice. Easter Seals families look forward to this event every year. As one mom said, “We are having a wonderful time! My son has been counting down to this night! Thank you for sharing tickets with our family!”
Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships support Easter Seals‘ critical programs throughout the region, allowing us to make profound, positive differences in the lives of adults, children and veterans of all ages, abilities and backgrounds every day. It was a joy-filled evening for the families we serve and our supporters as we all enjoyed the spectacle of “Frozen” on ice, as well as the special appearances by Mickey, Anna and Elsa at the pre-event VIP reception at the PWC Club.
I’d like to personally thank Bright Stars Committee Co-Chairs Cecilia Hodges of M&T Bank and Craig Ruppert of The Ruppert Companies, and Founding Bright Stars Committee Co-Chair David Ross of Atlantic Realty Companies, for their hard work on behalf of the event and dedication to Easter Seals.
Their efforts ensure that we can make our programs and services available to even more families throughout the region and enable them to thrive. With their leadership, the Committee raised nearly $300,000.
Even though the event has passed, it’s not too late to help us reach our goal of $325,000. Won’t you please help us reach the finish line by making a donation today? It’s easy, fast and secure through our online form here.
And as they have done every year, M&T Bank supplied a team of volunteers brimming with an enthusiasm and energy to match that of the children as they worked to ensure everyone had a joyous time. A look at photos of the event will reveal adults with smiles as big as the ones on the faces of the kids they were assisting. To view photos from the event, please visit our Flickr page.
I’d also like to thank and recognize all our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor M&T Bank; our Media Sponsors 97.1 WASH-FM and iHeart Radio, Great Day Washington and WUSA9, WTOP and Washington Business Journal; Bright Stars’ Empowerment Sponsors the Ruppert Companies and Alan Meltzer; and Opportunity Sponsors Atlantic Realty Companies, Specialized Engineering, The Halle Companies, David & Katherine Bradley, Jim Fontana and Rob & Linda Faktorow. We couldn’t have such a special evening for the children and families we serve without the support of these generous companies and individuals, and you can see the complete list of Bright Stars’ sponsors here.
For information about how you can support our Advocacy Awards Dinner on May 22, and Bright Stars in 2019 through sponsorships and ticket purchases, please contact Director of Events Abby Cikanovich at 301-920-9702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.