NVFS Road to Independence Gala

Celebrating our Collective Impact on Our Community and Our Neighbors

At the Road to Independence Gala, we celebrate the impact NVFS, with the support of our donors, partners and volunteers, has on our community. This year’s Gala highlighted the transformation we see in the people we work with every day: the challenges they are able to overcome, the opportunities they discover, and how their entire outlook changes to reflect newfound hope and confidence. These transformations ripple through the community as we see Northern Virginia become a better place in which all of our neighbors can thrive.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

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We are proud to recognize the Honorable Dr. William A. Hazel, Jr., former Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, as our 2018 Legend of Northern Virginia for his dedication to the health and well-being of all Virginia residents. His expertise in health policy, including healthcare reform and mental health initiatives; efforts to decrease homelessness; and relationship building between healthcare providers, legislators and business leaders have been assets to the state and the work that we do. His service has had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on our community.

“There is nothing — nothing — that tears down a great society more than people who do not have an opportunity to succeed.” — Dr. William A. Hazel, Jr., 2018 Gala Honoree

Through your generosity, we can fuel children with hope and opportunity, build confidence and healthy foundations for future growth, and strengthen families to create a stronger, more vibrant Northern Virginia.

“Because of NVFS, we are able to build our family both with ‘forever’ children through adoption and ‘forever in our heart’ children through foster care. NVFS will always hold a special place in our hearts!”
– Mandi & Aaron Brown, NVFS Foster Care parents