This year Woodley House marked our 60th Anniversary – a milestone event for a nonprofit organization! We celebrated this anniversary with our 22nd Annual Movie Benefit and a screening of Walt Disney Pictures’ Mary Poppins Returns. Our annual Rose Award was presented to The Staff of Woodley House, Past & Present. They are the true heart and soul of our organization. It was a great success and we thank all involved in making it such a fun evening.
We are grateful to The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Pictures for providing this fabulous film for our event. Their support means so much to our organization and the people we serve.
Very special thanks to our marvelous Master of Ceremonies, Dana Bash, Chief Political Correspondent at CNN, and to John Valenti, who spoke so movingly about his mother, Mary Margaret Valenti, and her love and support of Woodley House. We also want to thank The Coca Cola Company for their donation of Coca Cola, Sprite and Dasani Water for our event. And of course, special appreciation to Spices Restaurant for another wonderful VIP Reception!
A resounding THANK YOU to everyone who supported this very special event, especially our Diamond Anniversary Ambassador, David Rubenstein. All funds raised go to our programs to provide a safe, comforting residential community in which people struggling with mental illness can heal.
We dedicated this year’s Annual Movie Benefit to the memory of Benefit Founding Chair, Mary Margaret Valenti, who created this annual event, for her devotion to Woodley House and those we serve. She was an extraordinary woman and we miss her.