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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 special guest, Eva LaRue, 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.


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.

Entertainer: Andy Grammer

Andy Grammer is a Platinum-selling singer-songwriter with a long-standing commitment to the mission of Tahirih Justice Center.

With his 2011 self-titled debut album, Andy became the first male pop star in a decade, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me.” The songs sold more than 1.5 million downloads combined.

In just a few short years, Andy has gone on to sell over 100,000 albums, play sold out venues nationwide, perform onstage with Taylor Swift, Train, and Colbie Caillat, appear on an array of national TV shows (including “Dancing with the Stars”), and receive two BMI Pop Music Awards, among many other accomplishments.

Special Guest: Eva LaRue

Eva LaRue is an Emmy-nominated actress best known for her starring roles on the television series “CSI: Miami” and “All My Children.” Besides appearing in dozens of television shows and films, she has been prominent on the philanthropic scene as a spokesperson for Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and the National Center for Disease Prevention’s Autism Awareness Campaign: Learn The Signs, Act Early.

Eva is dedicated to ending violence against women and creating a world where women and men can live in equality. Most recently, Eva partnered with Tahirih supporters in California to raise lifesaving funds to fuel Tahirih’s work and empower women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence.

Courageous Voice Honoree: Aracely

“At 15, I was kidnapped from my village in Honduras by a man named Juan. He forced me to walk for more than an hour into the mountains, where he beat me with a belt, bit me all over my body, and raped me on sharp rocks that cut into my back. Then, he locked me in a bedroom for three days and continued his torture. I finally escaped, climbing over the barbed wire fence surrounding his house.

But I was still not safe. He came for me again and again. He threatened to kill my parents if I refused him. His abuse of my body and my spirit continued for six years. I gave birth to two of his sons. Finally, in a fit of jealous rage, he shot me, our two sons, and then himself. My precious children—only 2 and 6 years old—died instantly, along with him. By some miracle, I survived. And so did my daughter, who was four months away from being born.

Juan’s family blamed me and continued to threaten to kill my family, even shooting into my parents’ house, injuring me and my mother. I fled the village, but they sent gangs to follow me. The U.S. was my only chance to stay alive.

Tahirih saved my life and helped me heal. Thank you for helping Tahirih help me.”

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
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


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Peggy Hamburg & Peter Brown
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP (DC)
Mayer Brown LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Steptoe Foundation

Abdolhossein and Guitty Ejtemai Foundation
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Citi Foundation
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cooley LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Dawn Vermilya
DLA Piper
Egrari Plastic Surgery Center
Ernst & Young
Hilton Worldwide
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Host Hotels & Resorts
Laura Loeb & Howard Morse
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Richard Waldhorn
Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP
Suzanne & Douglas Henck
Venable LLP
Venable Foundation
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
Badiollah Properties LLC
Beth Halpern & Frank Kendall
Buckley Sandler LLP
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Charles Henck
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
David & Leah Rampy
Dechert LLP
Drs. Michael & Debbie Goldberg
Elizabeth H. Avery
Emily Stopa
Exclusively Entertainment (In-Kind)
Foundation for a Just Society
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Joanne Moore
King & Spalding LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP (Orange Co.)
Marti Cochran
Mary Zients
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Naz Vahid & Shahin Ahdieh
NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
One Foundation
Ropes & Gray LLP
Sidley Austin LLP (DC)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Taslimi Foundation
Tom Mackall & Beth Roberts
Troutman Sanders LLP
Vafa Vahid & Bushra Vahdat

Anisa Cott & David Martin
Foley & Lardner LLP
Freddie Mac
Maggio & Kattar
Mr. & Mrs. Moujan & Elham Vahdat
Nader Tamadon
Outten & Golden LLP
Quinn McCabe LLP
Rani Doyle
Richards, Kibbe & Orbe LLP
Wes Heppler

Honorary Congressional Co-Chairs

United States House of Representatives
Representative Don Beyer
Representative Judy Chu
Representative William Clay
Representative Joe Crowley
Representative Elijah Cummings
Representative Diana DeGette
Representative Mike Doyle
Representative Gene Green
Representative Luis Gutierrez
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Representative Pramila Jayapal
Representative Gregory Meeks
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton
Representative Scott Peters
Representative Lucille Royabal-Allard
Representative Linda Sanchez
Representative Louise M. Slaughter

United States Senate
Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Michael Enzi
Senator Angus S. King, Jr
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Jeanne Shaheen