NOFAS Hosts International Gala with Honored Guests

NOFAS hosted their annual International Gala in Washington, DC on September 27th.  His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar, served as Honorary Gala Host.  The Honorable Lisa Murkowski and The Honorable Tom and Linda Daschle served as Honorary Co-Chairs.

The evening’s honorees were The Honorable Hal Rogers and The Honorable Betty McCollum of the United States Congress, and Dr. Karen Remley, CEO of The American Academy of Pediatrics.  Speakers included Kate Boyce, NOFAS Board Chair, Terry Lierman, NOFAS Co-Founder, Karli Schrider, FASD Champion, Samir Zakhari of The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Tom Donaldson, NOFAS President, and Kathy Mitchell, NOFAS Vice-President and Spokesperson, among others.  NOFAS, its supporters and families touched by FASD and their advocates enjoyed an elegant dinner, awards ceremony, silent and live auctions, and ballroom dancing at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

Read the press release: “McCollum Receives National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Leadership Award.”

Gala Photos (click each photo to view larger)

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Kate Boyce, NOFAS Board Chair, and Tom Donaldson, NOFAS President

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The Honorable Betty McCollum, United States Congress, with Kate Boyce, NOFAS Board Chair

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Dr. Karen Remley, CEO of The American Academy of Pediatrics

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Terry Lierman, NOFAS Co-Founder

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Karli Schrider, FASD Champion, and Kathy Mitchell, NOFAS Vice-President and Spokesperson

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Samir Zakhari, The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

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Tom Coderre, Chief of Staff at SAMHSA with Karli Schrider, FASD Champion, and Kathy Mitchell, NOFAS Vice-President and Spokesperson

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Taylor Allen and Karli Schrider, FASD Champions

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Tom and Sue Mabie, Family of an individual living with FASD

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Kathy Mitchell, NOFAS Vice-President and Spokesperson, with husband Mike Mitchell, and Jimmy and Jennifer Fisher