By Christine Edmond
On October 15, the Alliance for Women in Media – National Capital Area Chapter (AWM-NCAC) was honored to join the Hillcrest Children & Family Center to celebrate 200 years of service along with special guests, including Donnie Simpson (keynote speaker),Autria Godfrey (WJLA-7), Mayor Muriel Bowser, and officials from the DC City Council and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Hillcrest Children and Family Center began serving the community in 1815 as the oldest African American not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC. The organization provides behavioral health treatment and prevention, as well as community and family support services primarily for children, adolescents, adults, and families.
The evening began with a beautiful and elegant Red Carpet VIP Jazz Reception and silent auction at the Marriott Marquis Washington Hotel, followed by a dinner and program with various speakers. Most notable, among others, we heard from the Hillcrest chief executive officer, Juanita Price; board of directors’ president R. Denise Everson and vice president, Rande S. Atcherson, PMP; the keynote speaker, Donnie Simpson; and enjoyed a performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Deborah Cox.
Individuals were honored for their tireless support of Hillcrest’s missions over the years. Honorees include:
- Joan Bowser, Mental Health Trailblazer & Advocate
- Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of The National Council on Behavioral Health
- Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher of the Washington Informer
- WilmerHale Law Office.
After a wonderful program and thought leadership on serving the community, the event ended with a showcase of talent and kept the momentum in the room going with wonderful performances by Step Afrika! and live music from the Black Alley Band.
#Hillcrest200 will continue celebrating 200 years of service, and AWM-NCAC will continue to support the mission and pillars of the organization.
**A special thank you to Capital Public Relations for inviting and sharing details of the Hillcrest’s event with AWM-NCAC.