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Greater DC Gala


Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:30 p.m. General Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner Program


Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001


The Tahirih Justice Center invites you to celebrate 20 years of protecting 20,000 courageous women and girls who are changing the world – one person, one family, and one community at a time.

Join us as we honor our partners from across the nation that have been champions for our clients, and hear incredible stories of resilience, determination, and hope. Together we will renew our commitment to end violence against women and girls.

We are thrilled to announce that Meredith Vieira will act as Master of Ceremonies! Learn more about our 14-time Emmy Award-winning Host below.

Featuring entertainment, reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, delicious dinner, silent auction, and much more!

General Tickets: $350; VIP Tickets: $500 (includes meet and greet with special guest)


Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, please contact Barfonce Baldwin at or 571-282-6170.

If you are joining us from out of town, please note the discounted hotel room rate at our host venue, the Washington DC Marriott Marquis.


Master of Ceremonies: Meredith Vieira

Meredith Vieira is a 14-time Emmy Award-winning Host, Executive Producer and Anchor. Most recently, she co-hosted NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Vieira hosted and served as executive producer on her own nationally syndicated daytime talk show, titled “The Meredith Vieira Show” which premiered in September 2014.  

Previously, Vieira served as a special correspondent for NBC News and Sports programming contributing to “Today,” “NBC Nightly News” and the Olympics. For the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Vieira made history when she became the first woman to anchor NBC’s Primetime coverage of the Olympic Games. Vieira also served as producer and correspondent for a series of prime-time hour features calledMeredith Vieira Specials.”

Vieira joined “Today” in September 2006 as co-anchor, and was immediately accepted into the ranks of America’s first television family. During her five years at “Today,” Vieira also played a key role in covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, getting exclusive interviews with the athletes and medalists. In London and Sochi, Vieira co-hosted the opening ceremonies with Matt Lauer.

Vieira won two Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Game Show Host” (2005, 2009) for the nationally syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for which she has served as host for 11 seasons.  While at the helm, Vieira has given away over $75 million in prize money with three contestants winning the million-dollar prize. With over 2,000 episodes hosted, Vieira holds the record for hosting more episodes of a game show than any other woman in history.

From 1997 to 2006, Vieira served as moderator of ABC’s “The View” where, each day, she led her fellow co-stars in discussions of current issues that ranged from social and political topics to tabloid headlines and celebrity news.

Vieira founded and is CEO of “Meredith Vieira Productions,” which develops and produces film, television, and theatre.  Credits include “Return,” starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; the critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated feature documentary “The Woman Who Wasn’t There”; the national tour of the hit off-Broadway play “Life in a Marital Institution”; and most recently, “TOWER,” a feature documentary that won the Grand Jury, Audience Award, and Lone Star Prize at the 2016 SXSW Festival in Austin.

In 1993, she started at ABC when she joined their news division as chief correspondent of “Turning Point,” which debuted in March 1994.  Prior to her work at ABC, Vieira spent more than a decade at CBS News, where she garnered five Emmy Awards for her work as a correspondent on the news magazines “60 Minutes” and “West 57th.”

Vieira is involved with several charitable organizations, including the New York chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which she is also on the Board of Directors.  In addition, she is active with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, Children’s Miracle Network, Clown Care (a program that coordinates hospital visits from specially trained clowns) and the Pajama Program (which provides warm pajamas and new books to children in need in the United States and around the world).  A native of Providence, R.I., Vieira received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She has three children, Ben, Gabe and Lily, with her husband, best-selling author and journalist, Richard Cohen.

Gala Committee

Marjorie De La Cruz (Co-Chair), SVP & Chief Counsel, Global Groups and Functions, PepsiCo
Elizabeth Halpern (Co-Chair), Partner, Hogan Lovells
Elizabeth Anderson, former Executive Vice President, Legal and General Counsel, Personal Care Products Council
Elizabeth Avery, President, SNAC International
Marti Cochran, Retired Partner, Arnold & Porter
Jeyran Ghara, Financial Advisor, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Marlo Goldstein, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Host Hotels & Resorts
Lorraine Hawley, Director of International Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Douglas Henck, Chairman ACGA, Retired Chairman & CEO, AEGON Asia
Laura Loeb, Partner, King & Spalding
Thomas Mackall, Vice-President of Global Relations, Sodexo
Leila Mansouri, President DC Chapter, Iranian American Bar Association
Rabia Sheikh, Vice President, Litigation, Competition & Regulatory Affairs at Visa
Nader Tamadon, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Marti Thomas, Managing Director, Gephardt Government Affairs
Bushra Vahdat, Supervising Judge, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

Gala Sponsors


Latham & Watkins (DC)
Steptoe Foundation

Abdolhossein and Guitty Ejtemai Foundation
Arnold & Porter LLP
Citi Foundation
Davis Polk & Wardell
Dawn Vermilya
DLA Piper
Egrari Plastic Surgery Center
Ernst & Young
Hilton Worldwide
Hogan Lovells
Host Hotels
Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr

Andrew Kurth Law Firm
Buckley Sandler
Charles Henck
Crowell & Moring
Davis Wright Tremaine
Elizabeth H. Avery
Hewlett-Packard Enterprises (HPE)
Joanne Moore
Latham & Watkins (Orange County)
Marti Cochran
Mary Zientz
One Foundation
Paul Glist & Karla Jamir
Sidley Austin, LLP DC
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Taslimi Foundation

Anisa Cott & David Martin
Foley & Lardner LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Nader Tamadon
Richards, Kibbe & Orbe