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Greater DC Gala

WHEN

Friday, April 24, 2020
6:00 p.m. Reception & Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Seated Dinner & Program

WHERE

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes St.
Arlington, VA 22202

Join the Tahirih Justice Center at our 23rd Annual Gala! This year, we will bear witness to the long and arduous journey to freedom taken by Tahirih clients. We will acknowledge the strength and resilience women and girls embody as they seek to attain the most basic of human rights – to live in safety and with dignity, and we will recommit ourselves to ending violence against women. We hope you’ll join us!

To purchase a sponsorship or request additional information, please contact Alison Domonoske at dcgala@tahirih.org.

Tickets & Sponsorship

Individual Tickets

VIP Admission: $500
Benefits include reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, premier seating for plated dinner, and celebratory program featuring special guests.

General Admission: $350
Benefits include reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, and celebratory program featuring special guests. General ticket seating is on a first come, first served basis.

*Please note: If you wish to sit with friends or colleagues, it is preferred that you purchase tickets as a group. We cannot guarantee seating requests post purchase.

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

To enable Tahirih to sustain and expand its vital services and advocacy, we invite you to join our 22nd Annual Journey to Justice Gala as a sponsor. The funds raised through your compassionate generosity will directly impact the lives of women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence. Please submit a sponsorship form to Alison Domonoske at dcgala@tahirih.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels:

Champion: $100,000+
(Tax deductible amount $98,500 – not available for purchase online – please submit a sponsorship form to Alison Domonoske at dcgala@tahirih.org)

  • 20 Premier Seats (2 tables of 10)
  • Recognition*: Digital Invitation (Name), Tahirih Annual Report (Name), Gala Webpage (Name & Link), Tahirih Social Media and Press Release (Name), Dinner Program (Special Recognition and Award Presenter)
  • Reserved Table Signage

Defender: $50,000+
(Tax deductible amount $48,500 – not available for purchase online – please submit a sponsorship form to Alison Domonoske at dcgala@tahirih.org)

  • 20 Premier Seats (2 tables of 10)
  • Recognition*: Digital Invitation (Name), Tahirih Annual Report (Name), Gala Webpage (Name & Link), Tahirih Social Media and Press Release (Name), Dinner Program
  • Reserved Table Signage

Benefactor: $25,000
(Tax deductible amount $24,250 – not available for purchase online – please submit a sponsorship form to Alison Domonoske at dcgala@tahirih.org)

  • 10 Seats (1 table of 10)
  • Recognition*: Digital Invitation (Name), Tahirih Annual Report (Name), Gala Webpage (Name & Link), Tahirih Social Media (Name)
  • Reserved Table Signage

Patron: $15,000
(Tax deductible amount $14,250 – not available for purchase online – please submit a sponsorship form to Alison Domonoske at dcgala@tahirih.org)

  • 10 Seats (1 table of 10)
  • Recognition*: Digital Invitation (Name), Tahirih Annual Report (Name), Gala Webpage (Name & Link)
  • Reserved Table Signage

Advocate: $10,000
(Tax deductible amount $9,250 – not available for purchase online – please submit a sponsorship form to Alison Domonoske at dcgala@tahirih.org)

  • 10 Seats (1 table of 10)
  • Recognition*: Digital Invitation (Name), Tahirih Annual Report (Name), Gala Webpage (Name & Link)

Lifesaver: $5,000
(Tax deductible amount $4,550)

  • 6 Seats
  • Recognition*: Tahirih Annual Report (Name), Gala Webpage (Name & Link), Event Signage (Name)

Friend: $3,000
(Tax deductible amount $2,700)

  • 4 Seats
  • Recognition*: Tahirih Annual Report (Name), Gala Webpage (Name & Link)

*All sponsorships must be confirmed by March 15 for inclusion in print invitation, April 19 for inclusion in printed program, and May 13 for inclusion on webpage and in on-screen presentation.

Sponsors
Gala Host Committee Members

Gala Chair

Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale

Host Committee

Katherine Ashley, Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, Skadden Arps

Anisa Cott, Psychiatrist, Maryland Department of Health

Ellen Dew, Partner, DLA Piper

Marlo Goldstein, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Host Hotels & Resorts

Elizabeth Halpern, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Frank Kendall, former Under Secretary (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics), US Department of Defense

Laura Loeb, Manager, Loeb Oil

Nader Tamadon, Assistant Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Bushra Vahdat, Supervising Judge, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

Luise Welby, Managing Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac

Michael Zhang, CEO, Newbridge Wireless

CEO Remarks: LAYLI MILLER-MURO
Layli Miller-Muro
CEO and Founder, Tahirih Justice Center

Layli Miller-Muro is the CEO and Founder of the Tahirih Justice Center. She established Tahirih in 1997 following her involvement in a high-profile case that set national precedent and revolutionized asylum law in the United States. Fauziya Kassindja, a 17-year-old girl who had fled Togo in fear of a forced polygamous marriage and female genital mutilation, was granted asylum in 1996 by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals. This decision opened the door to gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum. Using her portion of the proceeds from a book she and Ms. Kassindja co-authored about the case, “Do They Hear You When You Cry?,” Layli established Tahirih.

Since 2001, Layli has led Tahirih in its service to more than 27,000 women and children, growing the non-profit from a staff of six to over 100 located in offices in Atlanta GA, Baltimore MD, Greater Washington DC, Houston TX, and the San Francisco Bay Area CA.

Prior to joining Tahirih, Layli was an attorney at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she practiced international litigation and maintained a substantial pro bono practice. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Layli was an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals.

Layli is a frequent lecturer and has appeared in numerous news outlets including CNN, Fox News, The New York Times, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. She lives in the Greater Washington, D.C. area with her husband, three children, and dog, Anis.

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

The Ritz-Carlton
1250 S. Hayes St.
Arlington, VA 22202

To reserve a room within Tahirih’s room block, please follow this link. [https://book.passkey.com/e/49890991] Rooms must be booked by Friday, May 3.