More than $100k raised at second Diamond Gala

The Salvation Army hosted their 2nd Annual Diamond Gala on March 9 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington. More than 200 people attended the signature fundraising event. Thanks to donations, over $100,000 was raised in much-needed funds to help those in need through a variety of programs.

A video produced by Washington dentist Dr. Edward K. Brown, D.D.S. of Brown Prosthodontics highlighting his work with The Salvation Army. Dr. Brown, who recently joined the National Capital Area Advisory Board, began partnering with The Salvation Army to provide his services to guests of the Anti-Human Trafficking shelter.

National Capital Area Commander Major James Hall said, “We are so thankful for Dr. Brown and everything his office has done for our Anti-Human Trafficking program. The support shown by Brown Prosthodontics has allowed us to help hundreds of women impacted by human trafficking.”

Human Trafficking Survivor Stacy Jewell was the evening’s guest speaker. Stacey, who was forced into sex slavery when she was only 19 years old, is a survivor and leader in the movement against human trafficking. Stacy Jewell is working to increase awareness among the community and she spoke about her personal experience as a victim and survivor in hopes of inspiring the community to support efforts that work toward combatting the problem of human trafficking.

In a joint statement, Salvation Army Area Commanders Major James and Leisa Hall said “We were so happy with the words spoken by Stacy Jewell during the Diamond Gala. We could not have asked for a better guest speaker to show that human trafficking is a real problem that happens in our communities.”

Majors Hall expressed sincere gratitude for Saturday night’s gala turnout. Among the guests at the event were former NFL players Matthew Lawrence, who delivered the invocation, Santana Moss, and Brian Mitchell.

The 2019 Diamond Gala Honorary Committee included U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen from Maryland; D.C. Representative to Congress Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton; U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia; Jacques and Rakel Cohen of the Watergate Hotel; Mrs. J.W. Marriott, Cindy McCain, widow of the late Arizona Senator John McCain; Lyn and Mark McFadden; and Sean and Rebecca Spicer.

In total of $113,000 was raised at this year’s Diamond Gala. The proceeds will benefit Salvation Army programs, including our Anti-human Trafficking shelter, Harbor Light Center addiction recovery center, Grate Patrol homeless nutrition and outreach, and Turning Point Center, which offers supportive independent living for young women with children.

The Salvation Army thanks all Diamond Gala sponsors and attendees for their support, especially our Sapphire and Emerald sponsors,  as well as our two beverage sponsors. Without the generosity of these organizations many things would not have been possible to make the night such a success. “We are so happy with the turnout of the second Diamond Gala and we can’t wait for next year!” said Major Leisa Hall.