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Fostering the Future cruise benefits Fund for Alexandria's Child.

Cathy Puskar, Jane Hess Collins, Callie MacKenzie and Jane Hughes get in the Great Gatsby spirit at the 10th anniversary Fostering the Future cruise aboard the Cherry Blossom June 27.

Cathy Puskar, Jane Hess Collins, Callie MacKenzie and Jane Hughes get in the Great Gatsby spirit at the 10th anniversary Fostering the Future cruise aboard the Cherry Blossom June 27. Photo by Jeanne Theismann.

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Liz Deneke and Audrey Eskridge chat with emcee Jane Hess Collins at the 10th anniversary Fostering the Future cruise aboard the Cherry Blossom June 27.

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Mayor Bill Euille with The Fund for Alexandria's Child chair Jane Hughes.

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Coordinator of Community Resources Suzanne Kratzok and ACT executive director John Porter.

— More than 225 people donned their finest Great Gatsby attire aboard the Cherry Blossom riverboat for the 10th anniversary of the Fostering the Future cruise June 27 to benefit the Fund for Alexandria's Child.

“It was a wonderful night,” said The Fund for Alexandria's Child chair Jane Hughes. “Everyone had a wonderful time thanks to our very generous sponsors and supporters.”

With a 1920s theme of “A Little DECOdence,” the event raised funds to support programs for foster children and children at risk of abuse and neglect. Get Out and Give Back's Jane Hess Collins acted as host for the evening, which also served to honor and support foster families in Alexandria.

“The Potomac Riverboat Company and Mango Mike's restaurant have been with us from the beginning,” Hughes said. Hughes said. “They've been with us for 10 years and Mary White of R&B Heating and Air Conditioning on Mount Vernon Ave. has been a loyal and generous supporter. We couldn't do this without them and the many other sponsors and silent auction contributors.”

The Goodhart Group was also a sponsor of the event, as was the teen nonprofit Kids Helping Kids Inc.

The Fund for Alexandria's Child, a division of the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services, works to enhance the quality of life of foster and at-risk children by promoting community awareness, involvement and resource development and providing activities such as dance, art, karate lessons, summer camping, school field trips, scouting and team sports.

For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/TheFundForAlexChild.