2014 NVFS Road to Independence Gala

16th Annual NVFS Road to Independence Gala, Helping Build Brighter Futures for Local Families

Sponsorship Opportunities and Ticket Sales Now Open


(Oakton, Va., Feb. 3, 2014)  Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) will host the 16th annual Road to Independence Gala on Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m., at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The event is the major fundraiser for the region’s largest social services provider, helping 36,000 children and adults access programs and services from head start to housing and job training to foster care.

The event, which will also celebrate the organization’s 90th anniversary, will honor:

  • Lauren Peterson, principal of The Peterson Companies, former NVFS board member and longstanding advocate of Inova Health System’s Life with Cancer program as NVFS’ Community Champion; and
  • Sid Dewberry, chairman emeritus of Dewberry and one of Northern Virginia’s visionaries, with NVFS’s Legends of Northern Virginia Award.

The 2014 Road to Independence Gala features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, dinner and a short program. Bill Hoover, CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS, serves as the 2014 Gala Chair.

“Many of us are blessed with good jobs and safe places to live, but some of our neighbors in the Northern Virginia community struggle each day to make ends meet. NVFS helps build a brighter tomorrow for these individuals, but sponsor support is vital to continuing NVFS’ programs, particularly for a local economy that is being impacted by reduced federal spending,” said Bill Hoover.

More than 40 local businesses have already committed their support to the event. Corporate sponsorships start at $1,000; in-kind donations from local partners also contribute to the success of the event. Individual tickets are on sale for $250. Both can be purchased online at www.nvfs.org/gala or by contacting Christine Libonati, development manager, at 571-748-2535.

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