Posted by: wfpdc | February 12, 2012

Women in Water Gala Raises $72,000

Water For People, DC Chair Cynthia Hartley and the Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee

Water For People, DC Chair Cynthia Hartley and the Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee

The Washington, DC Water For People Committee held a fundraiser gala honoring Women in Water on June 13th, 2011. The event was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts following the day’s events of American Water Works Association’s 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition.

The committee raised $72,000 to support Water For People’s efforts around the world, thanks to the generous support of our numerous sponsors including National Association of Water Companies, United Water, Blackmon Creative, and Coca Cola. The gala, attended  by more than 400 people, including Texas Representative, the Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee, also featured a raffle for a variety of prizes including a one week stay at the Marriott Ko’Olina – made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor. Olivia Helprin of Chemonics  International was the lucky winner of the grand prize.

Key sponsors were invited to a special reception with D.C. Water General Manager, Steve Hawkins.  The former deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Harriet Babbitt, served as Master of Ceremonies, guiding the attendees through the evening’s highly  respected roster of speakers. The Washington, DC Water For People Committee chairperson, Cynthia Hartley, provided the opening remarks; acknowledging the contributions of the sponsors and the hard work of the volunteers that made the evening possible, and introduced Elisa Speranza,  CH2M Hill president of Operations and Maintenance, and former President of Water For People’s Board of Directors. Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero provided the keynote address, stressing the unequaled burden that women and children bear when they lack access to clean drinking water; while Diana Betancourt, Water For People’s regional manager for Central America, concluded the lineup of speakers for the evening with a discussion of how women have played a leadership role in bringing water and economic development to their local communities in Central America.

If you would like to be a sponsor of the committee’s upcoming events for 2012, please visit our sponsorship  page or email

Ned Breslin, Maria Otero & Michael Deane


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