LGW is excited to recognize the efforts of our Signature Program Class of 2016 (Sweet ’16) in helping to raise awareness of important community institutions and in supporting their missions. Over the past 6 months, Sweet ’16 has come together to raise over $40,000 to support multiple community-focused nonprofits.
In their most recent venture, Sweet ’16 made quite a splash at ‘Freezin’ for a Reason,’ a Polar Plunge fundraiser hosted at Nationals Stadium to benefit Special Olympics D.C. Julie Statland (’16) and her classmates presented the fundraiser as a competition between the class’ men and women, and received donations from an impressive 51 of 59 classmembers to support Nancie Suzuki (’16) and David Peterson’s (’16) entry into the frigid, underwater battle of the sexes. Altogether, the ladies of Sweet ’16 reigned supreme, raising $5,297 of the $9,189 total contributions to Special Olympics D.C., which Jackie Duke (’16) will use to help fund the organization; Special Olympics D.C. does not currently receive funding from the organization’s national group to support D.C. residents’ participation.
Likewise, Rebecca Linder (’16) helped Sweet ’16 raise over $20,000 for Generation Hope, a nonprofit founded and led by Nicole Lynn Lewis (’16) to help support teen parents pursuing a college education. Sweet ’16 also reported $11,500 raised during a class project for Mark Bergel’s (’16) A Wider Circle, which focuses on ending poverty in the region by helping to provide basic needs, along with critical educational and career services, to residents transitioning out of homelessness and extreme poverty.
LGW is looking forward to seeing what service projects members take on next to make a positive difference for our region. Please, send us your stories!