Woodley House featured Warner Bros.’ ‘IN THE HEART OF THE SEA’ directed by Ron Howard for its 19th Annual Movie Benefit. Noted PBS NewsHour journalist and Co-Anchor, Judy Woodruff, was our Master of Ceremonies, presenting the Woodley House Donald A. Brown ‘Rose Award’ to Vicky Marchand, a past president of the Woodley House Board of Trustees, business consultant, and advocate for community health & mental health issues, and to Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator of SAMHSA, for her leadership and efforts to forge new directions in mental health recovery. They both gave moving and inspiring remarks about the importance of mental health in all our lives, and the challenges encountered with mental illness takes hold.
Woodley House was delighted to feature Disney Pictures’ Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell for our 17th Annual Movie Benefit. This Movie Benefit is our Woodley House signature event and nearly 450 Washingtonians joined us to kick off the holiday season.
We want to give special thanks to the Walt Disney Company and Disney Pictures for allowing us to show this marvelous film for our special event. It was a truly wonderful evening where we laughed, sighed and even cried a little at the true story of how Walt Disney finally won the movie rights to ‘Mary Poppins’ from the VERY reluctant author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). We also want to thank The Coca Cola Company for their generosity in providing the soft drinks for the special screening – a wonderful friend and sponsor of our Movie Benefit.
The festivities began with a delicious buffet reception at Pulpo Restaurant, before crossing the street to the Lowe’s Uptown Theater for the very special screening of the film. Noted PBS NewsHour journalist, author and playwright, Jim Lehrer, was a charming and witty Master of Ceremonies, presenting the Woodley House Donald A. Brown ‘Rose Award’ to Catherine May, MD, a respected leader in the DC mental health community and long-time supporter and friend of Woodley House. Catherine gave a moving tribute to all those in the mental health field who dedicate their work and passion to helping men and women work toward recovery and a return to a more fulfilling life.
This Annual Movie Benefit has been a Woodley House tradition for the past 17 years. We are especially grateful to Teva Pharmaceuticals, our Host Committee Patron, as well as our other corporate sponsors, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Johnston, Lemon Asset Management and the Lemon Foundation, and so many of our friends who joined together to support Woodley House and this event.
We are especially grateful to our Movie Benefit Founding Chair, Mary Margaret Valenti who provided special insight and invaluable help to make this evening possible. It was a terrific event and we are so happy that so many of you could join us. All proceeds went to support the Woodley House programs to provide safe, affordable housing and comprehensive support services to 300 adults with mental illness in our community each year.
2012 Movie benefit
Nearly 500 celebrated the Woodley House 16th Annual Movie Benefit on December 12, 2012 with a special advanced screening of the eagerly awaited Universal Pictures’ Les Miserables! Friends and families joined together to kick off the holiday season with this annual event to benefit Woodley House’s programs to help the mentally ill. The evening began with a buffet reception at Pulpo before heading to the AMC Loews Uptown Theater for the special screening. Master of Ceremonies, Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign correspondent, NBC News, presented the Woodley House Donald A. Brown Rose Award to noted educator, author and mental health advocate, Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. for her strong advocacy for mental health recovery and unique insight into mental illness. For details about this very special evening, go to http://www.washingtonlife.com/2012/12/13/life-of-the-party-les-miserables/. For more photos of the ‘red carpet’, go to:
2012 Help the Homeless Walkathon
Woodley House has participated in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon Program for many years and is proud to be sponsored by Walker & Dunlop in this effort. This year we joined together on the campus of Georgetown University for our first individual “Walk to End Homelessness” (in previous years, Fannie Mae sponsored a walk on the National Mall, but this year they began a program of individual walks). Over the years, Walker & Dunlop and Woodley House have raised tens of thousands of dollars to help in our effort to care for the homeless, many of whom struggle with mental illness.
2012 Motley Fool event
Woodley House’s “Meet the Motley Fool” event on June 22, 2012 combined fun and finance. Co-founder of The Motley Fool, David Gardner, spoke to more than 70 Woodley House friends and supporters about all things financial, including the current economic picture here and in Europe, the personal aspect of picking investments, and what to look for when deciding which stocks are right for you and your family. Held at a private home, the evening was both educational and entertaining, with all proceeds going to Woodley House’s programs for the mentally ill.
Board member Isabel Jasinowski, “Motley Fool” David Gardner & his wife Margaret and Margot Machol Bisnow.