January 13, 2011

Our new center: grandly opened

Cutting the Ribbon!

What a way to open the new year.

For more than fifteen years of my time here at Bread for the City, we've harbored a dream of expanding our Northwest Center. Last Friday, more than 300 people joined us to celebrate the dream coming true.

The lobby and grand hallway of the new Northwest Center facility was packed to the walls with Bread for the City's community -- donors, volunteers, clients, neighbors, civic leaders, and more. After many cheers, much laughter, and quite a few emotional speeches, we cut the ribbon on this wonderful new space.

I cannot be prouder of the great team that made this possible -- including the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, the Department of Health, our legal team of pro bono counsel from law firms like DLA Piper, our Board of Directors, and thousands of donors like you.

And it's not too late for you to become a part of our dream; if you haven't yet donated to the Capital Campaign, please give today. All gifts of $500 or more will be recognized on a special Honor Wall that leads to our food pantry.

I know many of you weren't able to make it out last Friday. Volunteer photographer Jessica Del Vecchio took some photos that we'd like to share with you - please see below. I am also available to give personal tours; to schedule one, just email me at gjones [at] breadforthecity [dot] org.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us!

Bread for the City Board President Mark Aron

Bread for the City patient and Client Advisory Board Member Dorothy Kemp

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Local phenom Christylez Bacon performs for the crowd.

The crowd mingles in the main lobby.

See the full set of photos here.

See press coverage here, here, and here.

And make a donation to the expansion here.

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