Hope and a Future Banquet

October 05, 2023 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park, Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA, USA


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You're invited to celebrate all that God is doing at the Lamb Center at our annual fall banquet, Hope and a Future! 

6:00pm - 7:00pm
       Reception and networking

7:00pm - 8:30pm       Dinner
                                     Remarks from Keynote Speaker Kamilah McAfee
                                     Remarks from Executive Director Tara Ruszkowski
                                     Remarks from case management
                                     Guest stories

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$300,000 Goal


Total Raised

Keynote Speaker: Kamilah McAfee

We are pleased to announce that Kamilah McAfee, President and CEO of our housing development partner, Wesley Housing, will be our keynote speaker this year! 

As President and CEO of Wesley Housing, McAfee provides strategic direction and general executive leadership to Wesley Housing. McAfee has held progressive leadership roles for the award-winning organization since 2008. Most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, she led Wesley's real estate development team through an unprecedented five-year period of growth. These efforts led the organization to be named 2022 "Nonprofit Developer of the Year" by the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) for the third time (previously in 2017 and 2006). Further, Affordable Housing Finance named Wesley Housing in its "Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers of 2020" and was one of only nine nonprofits nationwide to make the list.

In addition to her 14 years of service at Wesley Housing, McAfee brings public sector and private sector experience, previously serving as Director of Public Finance for the DC Housing Finance Agency and a Development Associate for Forest City, Washington. McAfee was a Fellow at the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREx) at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.S. in Finance and New and Small Business Development from Georgetown University, and a Master's in Business Administration from American University.

Emcee: Brian Collins

Brian Collins 

Brian Collins will be our emcee for the evening at the banquet! 

Brian Collins is the Chief Security Officer at BDO USA, LLP where he is responsible for delivering crisis and risk management solutions within the firm and for clients globally. A former combat-decorated infantry officer in the US Marine Corps, Brian possesses 28+ years of commercial and governmental risk experience. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from the Virginia Military Institute, a graduate degree in security studies from Georgetown University, and completed the senior executive fellows' program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Brian began volunteering at The Lamb Center in June 2022 as a call to continue service in the community in which he and his family live, the City of Fairfax. Brian is a member of Fairfax Presbyterian Church where he served on the Board of Deacons, and he is a volunteer with the Veterans for Smart Power initiative at the US Global Leadership Coalition. Brian and his wife, Mary, are proud parents to two wonderful children.

Special Recognition: John and Jeanette Mason

Photo credit: David Bulova

John Mason, former mayor and councilman of Fairfax City, and his wife Jeanette are recognized as philanthropy leaders in our Lamb Center community. In May of 2023, the Masons celebrated their 60-year wedding anniversary by catalyzing their community to raise over $11,000 for the Lamb Center! TLC's mission and community is dear to the Masons, and they chose to celebrate their relationship milestone by giving back. With their leadership, initiative, and continued influential impact, the Masons reminds us what community is all about - convening and catalyzing for community impact in a time of polarization. This special fundraising community of friends, family, and neighbors will be recognized at the banquet.


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