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2017 Night of Stars Gala

For Immediate Release

Regional leaders and entertainers aid in transforming the lives of youth by coming together with Covenant House to celebrate the achievements of the evenings true stars; homeless, disconnected and exploited young people.

Washington, DC (May 25, 2017) – Covenant House Washington, brings together leaders in the community focused on creating safe environments that give disconnected youth the tools they need to enter and be more effective in the workforce. Night of Stars gala, Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Historic Howard Theatre. Recognizes regional and national leaders for their help in building foundations in the lives of fragile young people ages 12 – 24, who rely on CHW as a safety net to help them achieve reunification with families or become self sustained adults and active members in the community.

“The model of CHW’s comprehensive approach meets the individual needs for homeless youth far beyond just a place to sleep, our model is highlighted by the incredible outcomes of our youth; and we are excited to share their achievements at Night of Stars gala” said President and CEO of Covenant House Washington, Dr. Madye Henson. CHW sent 25 youth to college fall of 2016, has achieved over an 80 percent rate for homeless youth to stable housing after transitioning out of CHW’s programs, with 83 percent of youth in transitional housing gainfully employed.

2017 Lizzie Award Recipients

  1. Monty Hoffman

  2. Combined Federal Campaign, National Capital Area

2017 Dove Award Recipients

  1. Exelon

  2. Pepco

  3. WilmerHale

2017 Virginia E. Williams Service Award Recipients

  1. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment

  2. Joe Clair

  3. MaryAnn Miller

  4. Divine Love Baptist Church

2017 Impact Award Recipients

  1. Aaron Gilchrest

  2. NBC4

The evenings entertainers will feature performances by Oscar nominee singer/songwriter Keith Robinson, entertainer, Cocoa Brown as Mistress of Ceremonies, and musical selection by CHW Youth


Covenant House Washington

CHW serves as the region’s largest and leading non-profit in protecting, supporting, and transforming the lives of homeless, disconnected, and exploited youth. For over 22 years, CHW has provided resources to the nations most vulnerable population in the Greater Washington Region, providing young people ages 12 – 24 with the wrap-around supportive services they need to thrive. Resources include: emergency housing, transitional housing, workforce readiness, resume building, job placement, post secondary education support and placement, ABE/GED/high school diploma education, and an on-site NAEYC nationally accredited gold-tiered child development center.

Lizzie Award

The Lizzie Award is the highest honor across Covenant House. This award honors an individual who has done significant philanthropic efforts and made noteworthy contributions to individuals, families and communities with special emphasis on the service that positively affect the population of undeserved homeless and disconnected young people annually served by CHW.

Dove Award

The Dove Award honors an individual or entity that has made a significant financial and in-kind contributions to support the core mission of CHW.

Virginia E. Williams Award

The Virginia E. Williams Award honors an individual who gives tirelessly of his/her time and talents to Covenant House Washington and its mission of creating opportunities and resources for homeless and disconnected young people in the Greater DC region.

PN Hoffman

PN Hoffman brings a balanced mix of imagination and sound thinking to create new and innovative urban environments. Since 1993, we have developed mixed-use, residential, office and retail communities all across the Washington Metropolitan area.

The Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a 55-year Federal workplace giving tradition that has raised more than $8 billion for charitable organizations. It is one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world. The funds raised each fall through this campaign help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation and throughout the world. Raising $47 million last year for area non-for-profits.


Fund programs that deliver measurable, sustainable improvements in the communities we serve. We invest in organizations that have proven track records in these areas: Education, Environment, Arts & Culture, Neighborhood Development


Delivers safe and reliable energy to more than 842,000 customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland. As a member of the Exelon family of companies, we are part of the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading electric and gas utility company\


WilmerHale provides legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of our clients. We practice at the very top of the legal profession and offer a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that enables us to handle deals and cases of any size and complexity. Today, businesses face greater scrutiny and more “bet the company” issues than ever before. With a practice unsurpassed in depth and scope by any other major firm, we have the ability to anticipate obstacles, seize opportunities and get the case resolved or the deal done—and the experience and know-how to prevent it from being undone.


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