Each year, AFCEA Bethesda hosts A Night for the Children, a charity gala committed to raising money for the health, welfare, and education of children and their families. The annual charity gala brings together more than 600 representatives from companies and agencies across the U.S. federal information technology community to raise money for three worthy charities that align with the mission of the federal government: the House of Ruth, the Hope for Henry Foundation and the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund. These three charities embody the broader values, mission, and goals that agencies such as Department of Justice, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and our Armed Forces support through dedicated programs for children and families in need
Since Synectics was founded over a strong commitment to giving to those in need, we were extremely proud to participate in this event. “It is such an honor to be part of this supporting effort from colleagues and friends to give for to those in need. Synectics has been supporting community missions and initiatives since its origins, and today is not an exception.” quoted Obed Díaz, Corporate Communications Specialist. The gala began at 7:00 pm with some words from Leon Harris, an American journalist, and newscaster who received the “Friend of the Community” Award from AFCEA, followed by representatives from supported organizations, who gave examples of their services and how they are changing lives. "I am so excited to have been part of such a wonderful event – the Gala makes a real impact to these 3 charities: House of Ruth, Hope for Henry Foundation, and the Children of Fallen Soldier’s Relief Fund. Hearing their stories and the people whose lives have been made better by their support is truly incredible," remarked Sarah Tahyer, Auction Committee Chair.
“Our lives are not defined by how much we have but on how much we give, because giving has an impact in on others’ lives. Synectics had contributed through the years to many causes and the community, and AFCEA opened a window for us to continue helping others,” said Dr.Jack E. Hirsbrunner, Founder and Chairman of the Board for Synectics.
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