Noche Tropical Annual Gala

Since Mary’s Center’s Annual Gala began in 1998, this signature fundraising event has raised more than $4 million for Mary’s Center’s health, social service, education and job training programs. Funds raised at the annual gala enable Mary’s Center to continue fulfilling the Promise of Tomorrow for families and individuals throughout our region – a promise of good health, and a solid education to thrive in a safe and peaceful region. Thank you for making this miracle happen for the past 28 years! With its unique Carnaval theme & unforgettable atmosphere, Noche Tropical is one that eager supporters look forward to year after year. 

At our 2016 event, over 700 attendees helped us raise nearly $600,000 to support our comprehensive healthcare, education, and social support services. Between the meaningful program led by co-chairs Pedro Alfonso (Dynamic Concepts, Inc.) and Dave Velazquez (Pepco Holdings), and exciting after-dinner activities, featuring a Rum & Cigar bar, lively Casino games, and a "Hora Loca" crazy dancing hour, it was certainly an evening to remember. 

We hope to see you in 2017! Materials will be updated shortly, but if you’re eager to pledge your support now, please contact Emily Dreckshage or (202) 420-7001. 

Our 2016 Gala Sponsors

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Meridian Imaging Solutions
PNC Bank
Pepco Holdings
The Meltzer Group
Balfour Beatty
Centene Corporation
Children's National Health System
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Dynamic Concepts, Inc.
Global Recovery Group, LLC
Matthew and Michelle Klinger
Briya Public Charter School
District of Columbia Dental Society
Maria Gomez, Miachel Rexrode & Amalia Gomez-Rexrode
Advisory Board Company
Darren & Mary Pat Alcus
Alltran Health
Annette and Theodore Lerner Family Foundation
Bisnow Media
Fort Myer Construction Corporation
Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman, CPAs
Graham Holdings
Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman
Douglas and Ashley Kollme
Samuel Lievano, DDS
Jose Arvelo and Betty Paugh Ortiz
BlueCross BlueShield Association
Mario and Dana Morino
MyOfficeProducts - HiTouch Business Services
Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
National Association of Community Health Centers
Quest Diagnostics
SunTrust Bank
Mónica L. Villalta
Washington Gas
Forest City Washington
Call 4 Health
Latinas 4 Latinas
OMNI Business Solutions 


2016 Gala Steering Committee

Pedro Alfonso, Dynamic Concepts, Inc., Co-Chair
David Velazquez, Pepco Holdings, Co-Chair
Nina Albert, WMATA*
Louis & Eva Caldera
Nikola Garber, PhD*
Maria Gomez, Mary’s Center
Luz Guillen, The Meltzer Group
Debbi Jarvis, Pepco Holdings
Douglas & Ashley Kollme
Samuel Lievano, DDS
Viviana López Green, NCLR
Andrew Renart, Cresa
Fabian Sandoval, MD, Emerson Clinical Research Institute
Jennifer Brown Tapper
Madison West, MAXIMUS Foundation
Kathy Whelpley, Oceana*

*Mary’s Center Board Member


2016 Host Committee

Jack & Meryl Abel
Access National Bank
American Diabetes Association – National Capital Area
AmeriHealth Caritas DC
Virginia Apodaca & Justino Balderrama
Donald “Skip” Bean & Fionnuala Quinn
Bradley Charitable Fund
Centric Business Systems
CSG Urban Partners
Doctors Community Hospital Foundation
John Guggenmos and Timur Loynab
Henry Schein Dental
Ibarra Strategy Group
Alan & Amy Meltzer
Pacheco Consulting Group, LLC
Prince George's County Health Department
Maxine Rapoport, Rapoport Family Foundation
Snelling Personnel Services
Kathy Whelpley


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