The FCBA Young Lawyers Committee and the FCBA Foundation will hold their 28th Annual Charity Auction on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Sphinx Club at the Almas Temple, 1315 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, from approximately 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Proceeds from this year’s Charity Auction will benefit two great, local charities—Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) and the FCBA Foundation. In 1984, local youth service professionals and community activists organized a conference after learning that “cross-dressing” youth from local schools were being institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital. From this, SMYAL was founded to meet the needs of LGBT youth in the Washington, DC area. Today, SMYAL supports and empowers youth by creating opportunities to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community. This year, SMYAL launched a unique program that helps homeless LGBTQ youth make the leap from homelessness to self-sufficiency, given that 43 percent of all homeless youth in DC identify as LGBT. The FCBA Foundation will use proceeds from the Charity Auction to support its annual scholarship program.
The Charity Auction is one of Washington, DC’s premier “must-attend” events for the communications industry. The event features a live auction hosted by a professional auctioneer, silent auctions, online auction, and raffle drawings. Attendees should expect surprises and new and exciting prizes building on last year’s event, including vacation packages; consumer electronics; tickets to concerts, theater shows, and various professional and collegiate sporting events; dinners; lunches; spa packages; and gift certificates from area businesses.
Over the past 27 years, the Charity Auction has raised more than $1.6 million for DC-based organizations, including: Miriam’s Kitchen, The Fishing School, BUILD Metro DC, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now, Fair Chance, Kid Power-DC, Horton’s Kids, Bright Beginnings, Project Wait No Longer, Sitar Arts Center, THC – Housing Families, Transforming Lives, and Horizons Greater Washington.
Contributions are tax deductible, to the extent permitted by law. If you are interested in volunteering for the Auction, please send an email to FCBAAuction@gmail.com.