November 2, 2017—SCAN’s 15th Annual Toast to Hope fundraiser was held on October 28th at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria. The event—which encouraged more than 300 guests to “Light the Way for Children and Families”—included food and beverage tastings as well as live music, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction emceed by former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley. The event raised more than $140,000 to support child abuse prevention programs in Northern Virginia.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2017 Cleary Award to Wells Fargo. Over the years, dozens of local Wells Fargo employees have actively engaged with SCAN’s volunteer programs, providing meals at parenting classes, teaching family budgets to parents in parent support groups, serving on our Board of Directors, and volunteering at community events like Rock at the Row and SCAN’s Croquet Day.
“SCAN is truly grateful for the generous hearts of local Wells Fargo employees,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN Executive Director, “and we are equally grateful for the critical financial support the bank has provided to support SCAN programs over the years.” Wells Fargo’s Community Grants over the past decade have helped SCAN build its capacity to respond to children and families in need.
“That unique combination of financial and hands-on contributions makes Wells Fargo’s impact stand out in our community and brings meaning to their support,” added Quiñónez.
“Wells Fargo is proud to partner with SCAN to advance its important work,” said Del Galloway, Vice President of Communications for Wells Fargo’s Atlantic Region. “Wells Fargo is committed to improving lives and strengthening communities, and we applaud SCAN for helping create a safer, more caring world.”
This year’s Toast to Hope was made possible by lead sponsors Dave Cleary, Joe & Sara Carlin, Robert Yager and Wells Fargo. Dozens of other businesses and individuals provided additional sponsorships, in-kind donations, and culinary and beverage tastings including Main Event Caterers, Tempo, Brio Tuscan Grille, One Hope Wine, Forge Brew Works, and Virginia Imports, Ltd..
About The Cleary Award
The Cleary Award was created to honor SCAN’s founder, Dave Cleary, and recognize both individuals and organizations whose dedication and commitment to children and families stand out in ways that make a positive difference in the lives of children in Northern Virginia.
About SCAN of Northern Virginia
SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our vision is that every child in Northern Virginia will grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports they need to contribute to stronger communities today and as adults tomorrow. We EDUCATE the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; PROVIDE direct parent education; and ADVOCATE for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.
Learn more about SCAN’s Toast to Hope @scanofnova #toasttohope2017
This year’s Toast to Hope fell just days before the Thanksgiving holiday, and the timing could not have been more perfect. We are so thankful for the hundreds of people involved with this event, from planning committee members and volunteers to sponsors and guests. They all helped us raise $65,000 to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs in the coming year.
This gratitude feels so good, we want you to get in on it! We still have a few items available through our Silent Auction — including very meaningful “Bidding for Good” items that directly support our programs as well as gorgeous works by local artists.
PN 01 Sustainable Future: Plan your own sustainable future with a comprehensive financial plan and 3 planning sessions ($1500 value, donated by ClarendonWealth Management)
PN02 Here’s a Good Plan! Take this opportunity to secure your family’s future with one hour of will preparation and estate planning at Rich, Rosenthal, Brincefield, Manitta, Dzubin, & Kroeger, LLP ($315 value, donated by Lonnie C. Rich)
B12 Two Delicious Dinners! First, treat yourselves to dinner at the eco-friendly and equally delicious Walker’s Grill where folks believe that the benefits of a sustainable future and an energy efficient environment are worth the extra effort ($50 value, donated by Walker’s Grill). Another time, relax and enjoy dinner at the casual but upscale Great American Restaurant ($25 value, donated by Great American Restaurants) [package value $75.00]
Y05 “A New Day” An original, modern painting by Nan Morrison. This colorful, abstract, 20”x20” painting features patterns, thick texture, and areas of bright yellow and orange in a brown, floating frame. Reminiscent of sunrises, beautiful mornings and optimism, this painting will brighten your home and mood! ($350 value, donated byNan Morrison, artist)
Y06 “Spring Fling” An original, abstract painting by Nan Morrison. Colorful, abstract shapes and forms with patchwork patterns in a bold, dazzling variety of colors, 20”x20” in a black floating frame. This joyful, bright painting takes you on exotic travels and will brighten your wall with color. ($350 value; donated by Nan Morrison
Y02 Milestone Family Portrait Use this gift certificate for one family or children’s portrait sitting and first 8×10 photograph to mark that special occasion – a new baby on the way, 16th birthday or whatever special moment you want to remember! ($790 value, donated by Gary Lloyd, Lloyd-Meurer Portrait Studio)
Y03 Family Portrait Package Capture this moment in your family’s history with a portrait by Freed Photography, selected 8 years in a row as “Best Wedding Photographer” by the Washingtonian! Package includes studio consultation in Maryland and your first 8×10 portrait. ($750 value, donated by Freed Photography, Inc.)
Y09 “Daisy Mae’ Hand Crafted Lampshade by Artist Elle Daniel
Bidding for Good
I01Parent Handbooks: A gift of just $20 could provide a teen parent enrolled in a parenting class with a Nurturing Parenting® workbook, which can provide opportunities for self-reflection plus valuable reminders long after parenting class has ended.
I02 Expanding SCAN’s Reach: A gift of $35 could cover the hosting fee for SCAN’s website (www.scanva.org) and online Parent Resource Center for an entire month.
I03 Stewards of Children training scholarship: A gift of $50 could cover the workbook, materials and 3-hour facilitator costs to equip a community adult to recognize, prevent and respond to child sexual abuse.
I04 Training a new CASA volunteer: A gift of $60 could cover the printing and production of one CASA volunteer training manual.
I05 Family Meals: A gift of $100 could provide ingredients to make dinner for a parenting class (average 20 parents; 25 children).
I06 A Voice for a Vulnerable Child: A gift of $140 could provide a month of advocacy services for an abused child from a trained & supervised CASA volunteer who gives voice to that child’s individual needs and priorities.
I07 Parent Support Groups: A gift of $180 could provide for one month of children’s program coordinator stipends for an Educational Parent Support Group.
I08 Teaching Children Stress Management: A gift of $250 could provide a 6 week series of yoga instruction to the children at our ABC’s of Parenting classes.
I09 Children’s Group Supplies: A gift of $350 will provide snacks & craft supplies for the children’s programs at one of SCAN’s weekly educational parent support groups for a whole year.
I10 Mini-Grant for Childcare: A gift of $400 can provide local schools with mini-grants to cover the costs of childcare during one of SCAN’s 4-part , school-based series of Parent Cafes.
I11 ABC’s of Parenting: A gift of $1,000 will provide an entire 8-week series of ABC’s of Parenting classes (including family meals, childcare, and transportation support if needed) to a parent.
This week’s post comes straight from SCAN’s Director of Development, Karen Price, as she takes care of the countless tasks (and fun details) that make Toast to Hope such a great event:
Toast to Hope fever has hit the SCAN office! Signs of Toast are everywhere! In just over a week–November 17th to be exact–SCAN will be hosting its 10th Annual Toast to Hope, a garden party in the chill of November, at the Patent and Trademark Office’s Atrium in Alexandria, VA. How can you tell it’s time for Toast around here?
Well, it could be from all the decorations we’ve got around – like the very serious crop of cat-grass in my office or the tissue paper flowers or the beginnings of giant flowers and favor box stuffing and…well, you get the idea.
Or it could be from the really great Silent Auction prizes we have all over the office – we’ve got signed memorabilia from everyone, from the London 2012 Swim Team to the Washington Nationals. We also have some great dining options and pamper-yourself items. We’ve got great vacation deals and local outings that will have you saying, “let’s book a get-away!” We also have some really cute stuff for the kids – like the mini piano from Why Knot? in Old Town. You can check out everything yourself in our online Silent Auction catalog – and even make a pre-bid. (Just be sure to get it in before November 15th!)
The way you can REALLY tell it’s time for Toast, though, is the all of the fun staff and volunteers are having as they get everything ready. We’re packaging prizes, putting together party favors, making decorations and signs and making indoor versions of lawn games. Of course, we also have to try out the games – it’s just good policy.
If you want to get in on all this fun, there are 2 ways to do so: BUY A TICKET or VOLUNTEER. You may purchase a ticket online and come enjoy food from 10 local restaurants and beer and wine tastings from multiple brewmasters and vintners. We are also still looking for volunteers, especially for the day of the event! Send me an email at email@example.com and let us know you want to help out!