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Greater DC Gala

WHEN

Friday, April 24, 2020
4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE

Virtual Event

In recognition of the oneness of humankind, and in light of the current pandemic, we are combining the San Francisco Bay Area Benefit and our Greater DC Gala into one virtual event. On April 24, at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT, we will help flatten the curve and celebrate our crucial work supporting immigrant survivors from coast to coast.

More information to follow. 

Join the Tahirih Justice Center for our coast-to-coast virtual event! 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!

Sponsorship

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 February 14 for inclusion in print invitation, March 20 for inclusion in printed program, and April 14 for inclusion on webpage and in on-screen presentation.

Sponsors

Champion
Steve & Jessica Sarowitz

Patron
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
The Ejtemai Foundation
Hogan Lovells LLP
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP

Advocate
Annenberg Foundation
Arnold & Porter LLP
Cestone & Thompson PC
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Dawn Vermilya
Egrari Plastic Surgery Center
Frank Kendall & Elizabeth Halpern
Jamie Gorelick & Richard Waldhorn
Laura Loeb & Howard Morse
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Venable LLP

Lifesaver
Ballard Spahr LLP
Betsy Krieger
Capital One
Charles & Christine Henck
Christine Savage
Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
Joanne Moore
Martha Cochran
Transamerica

Friend
Anisa Cott & David Martin
David Thompson
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Freddie Mac
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Nina McLemore
Reed Smith LLP
RJ Whyte Event Production
Tom Mackall & Beth Roberts
Willis Towers Watson

Gala Host Committee Members

Gala Chair

Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale

Host Committee

Kady Ashley, Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP

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

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.