Woodley House Benefit Raises $171,000 to Help DC Residents with Mental Illness

Board president Isabel Jasinowski with her husband Jerry and Ray Du Bois

Board president Isabel Jasinowski with her husband Jerry and Ray Du Bois

See pictures from our event here!

Woodley House’s annual movie benefit is essential to our ability to serve as a pathway to recovery for thousands of Washington, DC area residents by offering safe, secure housing options and a comprehensive range of services and support. Each year, approximately 300 people with mental illness avoid hospitalization because of Woodley House.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who attended our movie benefit last month, which raised $171,000 to support Woodley House’s work. More than 400 hundred people attended the event, which featured a reception at Pulpo and an advance screening of the heart-warming movie, “Saving Mr. Banks,” at the Uptown Theater.

Disney Pictures was very generous in providing their hit film Saving Mr. Banks to Woodley House for this event and The Coca Cola Company provided the soft drinks for which we are very grateful. And of course, we want to especially thank Teva Pharmaceuticals and our other corporate sponsors, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Johnston, Lemon Asset Management, The Lemon Foundation and John Marshall Bank for their generous sponsorships as part of our Host Committee.

On average, Woodley House is reimbursed only 73 cents for every dollar of care we provide, and in order to maintain our highest standards of care, we must raise over $250,000 annually from private donors. Our movie benefit supplies critical resources to meet our mission.

We are continually grateful to Mary Margaret Valenti, Founding Chair of our movie benefit, for her unique insight and invaluable help in making this event possible. And special thanks go to our benefit committee and the team at Lansdale Associates who helped make the benefit such a success.