T21 GALA CELEBRATES THE "SPIRIT OF FLYNN" TO SUPPORT DOWN SYNDROME
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More than 600 guests gathered to celebrate the life of Flynn Thomas Fry at The Mellon Auditorium. In his short life, Flynn touched the lives of many and he continues to inspire us to respect, appreciate and love people with differing abilities. Serenely illuminated pink cherry blossom trees channeled DC artist
's signature painting,
"Flynn's Jefferson Memorial
", providing a uniquely DC backdrop for a night of dancing and fun as attendees raised money to support programs for individuals with Down syndrome.
This year's Advocate Address was delivered by Morgan Elizabeth Howard (photo at right). Morgan regaled the crowd with stories of her experiences as a student at George Mason University and as an intern on Capital Hill where she plans to work after graduating. The impossible task of following Morgan's inspiring keynote fell to Emcee Doug Kammerer, NBC Washington's Chief Meterologist
, who fired up the crowd to bid in the Live Auction.
Guests dined throughout the night on an assortment of delicious dishes and were particularly enthusiastic about a late night burger delivery from Shake Shack. Party goers rocked the dance floor with live music from bands "Long Lost Cousins", featuring Flynn's brother Keys Fry on bass, and crowd pleaser "Bryen O'Boyle"
and his band.
The Tribute 21 Host Committees wish to extend their deep gratitude to all of our family, friends, and supporters of the Tribute 21 Annual Gala benefiting The Tribute 21 Fund.
We want you to know what we know ... the gift of a baby is oh so amazing, but the gift of a child with Down syndrome takes your heart to places you never knew existed! Thank you for helping keep Flynn's spirit of faith, hope and love alive. We have faith that we will see Flynn again. We have hope that, with your help, we can change people's perceptions and better the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. And, we have an endless amount of love to persevere! Your generous backing of this event is an inspiration and we thank you for being a part of it!
ALL OUR LOVE AND APPRECIATION, THE TRIBUTE 21 HOST COMMITTEE
The Tribute 21 Fund
, is a component fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, dedicated to raising awareness and raising funds to support those with Down syndrome. Fund is able to provide support for national research organizations and local groups in the DC Metro area. The Tribute 21 Fund has been able to provide funding to organizations
doing fantastic work for our community.
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