In true red-carpet-event style, Parker Gioia, a high school junior from McLean’s Potomac School, will be interviewing guests as they enter Saturday’s Parent/Teen Golden Gala to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Chair of the Golden Gala teen committee is 16-year-old Amelia Mazloom. Amelia’s mom, Eunice Mazloom has been an active fundraiser for St. Jude for many years and Amelia has often worked by her side. “My mom inspired me to create a platform for other teens to come together in support of the teens of St. Jude,” says Amelia.
Amelia created a committee of 22 kids spanning McLean, Great Falls, Arlington, Alexandria, D.C., Chevy Chase, Potomac and Beltsville, Maryland.
Amelia has been encouraged by the amazing energy of the participating teens and while parents say they have taken a backseat, she is quick to express appreciation for their support.
Amelia hopes that not only will they meet their goal of raising $50,000, but that this event will help spread awareness of childhood cancer and become a model for teen fundraisers across the country.
Saturday’s event will feature WMZQ DJ, Aly Jacobs as emcee, a host of local performers from The Potomac School, St Andrews Episcopal, Winston Churchill High School and the Lab School and desserts from DC-area restaurants and bakeries. There will also be both a live and silent auction.
Tickets can be purchased online until Thursday at https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/find-an-event/dinners-and-galas/st-jude-golden-gala.html
What: Parent/Teen Golden Gala to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
When: Sept. 17, 2016 - 6pm – 10pm
Where: The French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW, DC 20007
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. One-third of patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are teenagers, ages 15 to 19. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
Catherine Burke, The Potomac School, Arlington VA
Caroline Case, The Potomac School, McLean VA
Mckenzie Crafton, Connelly School of the Holy Child, Chevy Chase MD
Caroline Culp, The Potomac School, McLean VA
Lily Delaney, The Potomac School, Potomac MD
Tayte Dupree, The Potomac School, Washington DC
Molly Dwyer, The Potomac School, Arlington VA
Parker Gioia, The Potomac School, McLean VA
Rachel Greenberg, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Washington DC
Amanda Heckler, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Arlington VA
Jarett Jones, The Potomac School, Beltsville MD
Sophia Li, The Potomac School, Great Falls VA
Nash Lougee, The Potomac School, Great Falls VA
Brendan Lui, The Potomac School, Potomac MD
Amelia Mazloom, The Potomac School, Arlington VA
George Mazloom, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Arlington VA
Izzy Moran, The Potomac School, Alexandria VA
Eleanor Nuechterlein, The Potomac School, McLean VA
Sara O'Brien, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Chevy Chase MD
GG Richmond, Bishop O'Connell High School, McLean VA
David Kiernan, The Potomac School, McLean VA
Gladys Abi-Najm, McLean VA
Karen and Richard Burke, Arlington VA
Lisa and Casey Crafton, Chevy Chase MD
Wendy and Larry Culp, McLean VA
April and John Delaney, Potomac MD
Marijke Jurgens-Dupree, Washington DC
Ellen and Tom Dwyer, Arlington VA
Piper Gioia, McLean VA
Tammy Haddad, Washington DC
Kim and John Heckle, Arlington VA
Julie O'Brien, Chevy Chase MD
Eunice and Al Mazloom, Arlington VA
Tara Richmond, McLean VA