On Saturday, February 7th I dressed in my most patriotic evening gown and arrived at The City Tavern Club of Georgetown to join the DC Society Sons of The American Revolution and members of the DC Daughters of the American Revolution as they co-hosted their second annual Sweethearts and Patriots Gala. Each year, the black tie event benefits a local non-profit dedicated to our nation’s veterans. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) was selected as this year’s benefactor, and their cause was honored by hundreds of attendees that night who wanted to show their support for our troops and their loved ones at home. TAPS organization is dedicated to providing compassionate care to the families of the fallen. They operate 24 hours a day/7 days a week to offer care and support to those grieving the loss of a loved one in service to our nation.
The event was a big success and was well-attended by DC area supporters, philanthropists, and friends. Mingling among us were revolutionary war reenactors who kicked things off with a Presentation of Colors and a patriotic ceremony before the host committee introduced us to TAPS and the important work that we were supporting that night. Unfortunately, I missed my opportunity to get a picture with Benjamin Franklin (next year!), but mingling among the federalists in a federalist building for a patriotic cause made the experience novel and fun.
Guests also enjoyed an open bar on each floor as well as an impressive dessert spread. A live orchestra band played on the main floor which created the perfect opportunity for an elegant ballroom dancing experience while the second floor housed a DJ spinning the latest hits for the more party-minded guests to cut loose and mingle with the special military guests who joined us for the evening in honor of their service and TAPS. They had a great silent auction, one of the best I’ve seen so far this year. The auction items offered a lot of variety and different options that would appeal to a wider range of people. In addition to the usual trips and art, Sweethearts & Patriots auctioned dining experiences, autographed memorabilia, jewelry, spa services, and more. All proceeds from the evening will go toward funding TAPS National Military Survival Seminar and Good Grief Camps.
Congratulations are in order for our gala hosts, as the evening netted over $20,000 for the program.
“The TAPS Good Grief Camps, which serve children of all ages, provide support and comfort for children and teens facing the loss of a loved one in military service,” she said. “The TAPS Good Grief Camps promote an atmosphere whereby camp attendees can feel safe with their peers to express their deepest thoughts and verbalize their feelings of grief. TAPS Good Grief Camps support military surviving children and teens by providing helpful coping skills and normalizing their emotions.”
Interested in attending the 2016 Gala? Visit www.sweetheartsandpatriots.org for updates and event announcements and learn more about the wonderful work this group does in our community.
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