The FCBA Young Lawyers Committee and the FCBA Foundation will hold their 32nd Annual Charity Auction on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The virtual auction starts at 5:30 p.m. ET with a pre-show starting at 5:00 p.m.! This year, the online auction will be open for bidding from November 5-12, 2021.
Contributions are tax-deductible, to the extent permitted by law. Donation forms must be delivered to the FCBA office no later than Monday, October 18. Please note any instructions for delivery of items that cannot be mailed in an envelope through USPS.
Proceeds from this year’s Charity Auction will benefit two great, local charities – the FCBA Foundation and Rosie Riveters. The FCBA Foundation supports the FCBA College Scholarship Program, Law School Summer Stipend Program, and Law School Scholarship Program. Rosie Riveters is a Northern Virginia based nonprofit working to close the gender gap in STEM. Rosie Riveters’ curriculum for local students in the preschool through middle school age range seeks to inspire future interest in STEM fields.
Brittany Greer, the Executive Director of Rosie Riveters, explains that the organization’s goal has always been to close the gender gap in STEM. “In 2019, women made up only 27% of the science and engineering workforce in the U.S.,” according to Ms. Greer, a statistic that Rosie Riveters seeks to change by building critical thinking and problem-solving skills while enhancing each participant’s confidence in STEM. Since the organization was founded in 2015, the program has served over 4,000 participants through partnerships with over 10 community-serving organizations, with overwhelmingly positive results. Rosie Riveters’ participant data shows that 96% of students enjoyed the STEM-focused curriculum, and 71% total were inspired to further explore STEM education.
Like other educators, Rosie Riveters has experienced challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially as it relates to in-person learning, but Rosie Riveters has been able to continue serving the community during this difficult time. In 2020, Rosie Riveters pivoted from in-person to virtual instruction centered around a STEM “kit” that was delivered to each participant. This shift allowed Rosie Riveters to provide hands-on STEM learning for more than 810 students in kindergarten through eighth grade via virtual lessons and check-ins. Ava, a recent participant in the Rosie Riveters program, described her experience in the best way possible: “If you’re a girl interested in STEM, you should absolutely get involved with Rosie Riveters – it will take you places!”
Looking towards the future, Rosie Riveters is launching a new program called Rosie Innovators, with the help of funds raised from the FCBA Charity Auction, that will extend the organization’s reach through high school. “Rosie Innovators will enable us to continue to build upon the trust and long-term relationships we have established with young women and their families, creating a highly effective STEM pipeline that runs from preschool to college,” according to Ms. Greer.
Rosie Riveters and the FCBA Foundation are grateful for your support this year. While the auction gala will once again take place virtually, bidders can still expect new and exciting prizes.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact FCBAAuction@gmail.com.