Our recent Literary Luncheon at the Springfield Golf & Country Club was a FABULOUS success! While checking in, guests were able to see samples of our major programs and view a short video showcasing our efforts. After a fine lunch, we presented the Operation School Bell Award to Gabriel Vargas, President of Quadrant, Inc., Reston, for Quadrant’s sustained support of our programs, particularly Weekend Food for Kids.
Next, our Vice President for Philanthropy provided a touching description of the impact of our programs on the children we serve and noted how important those services are to the students and their families. Then, Daniel Sanders, President & CEO of Four Sales, Ltd., used his considerable auctioneering skills to ensure that all of our fabulous Live Auction items were sold and to encourage attendees to give generously to support our cause. We are delighted with his success.
The highlight of the luncheon was the presentations by the two featured authors: Judith Pearson, author of Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy; and Sean McFate, who writes both fiction and nonfiction, his latest book is High Treason. The authors each gave short recaps of their books. Then Peggy Fox, Media Relations Manager for Dominion Energy, discussed their books, and asked them questions in a ‘fireside chat’ scenario. Audience members also asked questions, and had been able to meet the authors, purchase their books and have them signed, before and after the luncheon.
We greatly appreciate our sponsors (Dominion Energy and NOVEC), the businesses that provided items for our auction (Lubin Portrait Studios, Midtown Jewelers in Herndon; Moss Building & Design, and Ritz-Carlton, Tysons; Fleming Steak House, and Capital One Theater) and our honorary co-chairs, Peggy Fox and Philip Assante, Membership Sales Manager at Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Their commitment to our chapter helped ensured that this fundraiser was successful. We are also deeply grateful to our members who worked tirelessly to ensure that every detail of this event was handled professionally and to the members who donated items for our Raffle Items.
Assistance League is very fortunate to have so many businesses that value and support our efforts, and we are blessed with dedicated, hard-working members. Small wonder that the Literary Luncheon was such a splendid affair.