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New Hope Housing Gala Honors Kiwanis Club

New Hope Housing's coffers got a little larger, thanks to the successful gala held over the weekend. New Hope Housing's 14th annual event featured a silent and live auction, dinner and an awards program. By the end of the evening, approximately $100,000 had been raised. Those funds will support the many programs and services provided by New Hope Housing.

More than 230 guests crowded into the Fairview Park Marriott hotel, including local legislators, state Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller (D-36); state Del. Kris Amundson (D-44); state Del. Mark Sickles (D-43) and U.S. Rep. James Moran (D-8).

The 2004 New Hope Housing Good Neighbor Award was presented to the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club. New Hope Housing Executive Director Pam Michell made the presentation and recognized the Kiwanis for their 50 years of service to the community and their support for New Hope Housing and its wide range of charitable causes. Paul Mahler, Kiwanis president, accepted the award for the club.

The gala concluded with a variety of casino games and dessert provided by Bread and Chocolate.

Founded in 1977, New Hope Housing operates the Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter, Mondloch House Shelters, the Falls Church Winter Shelter, and several transitional and supportive housing programs. Last year, New Hope Housing served 912 individuals, including 135 children, in its shelters.