Inspiration to Action 2015

Catalogue Cover 2015/16

Please join us as we
Congratulate our 2015-16 Catalogue Honorees
Bring the Catalogue to Life On Stage

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street NW
Washington, DC

5:30 pm Reception and Performance (doors open at 5:00 pm)

with host ABC7/WJLA-TV Anchor Leon Harris

followed by Dinner and Live Auction (by invitation only)
at the Hotel Monaco
700 F Street NW
Washington, DC

Dress: Business Attire

Click here for directions and other travel information

Enter our Inspiration to Action Raffle and Win the Trip of a Lifetime!

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Adventure

The Catalogue is excited to announce our raffle event -- a trip for two to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal -- courtesy of National Geographic.

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and Panama on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. Venture into the rain forests of Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks; search for monkeys, frogs, sloths, and brightly colored birds; or take an optional horseback ride on pristine beaches. Cap off your voyage with a crossing of the legendary Panama Canal. For additional details (including itinerary, photos, and videos, click here) Trip must be taken in 2016. International airfare is not included.

Donated by National Geographic; Fair Market Value: $14,000

For more information and to reserve your raffle tickets, click here.

Live Auction Preview

Dinner attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive, one-of-a-kind auction items.
Auction will be led by professional auctioneer BJ Jennings who will captivate you with her entertaining and energetic style!

Auction Experiences

The Aspen Connection

Vibrant arts and culture. Exquisite scenery. Outdoor adventures. Beautiful (dry!) weather. Add to this, tickets for two to the world-renowned Aspen Ideas Festival -- the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines -- and engage the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times. Also includes $1000 airfare credit (dollars or points) and three nights at the hip, eco-friendly Limelight Hotel (June 26-29, 2016). This will be an extraordinary vacation that connects body and mind!
Donated by The Aspen Institute (the festival) and an anonymous donor (hotel & airfare); FMV: $9500

Flight Simulator Adventure

Lockheed Martin’s flight experience is one you won’t want to miss! Did you ever dream of being a fighter pilot? Or if you like keeping both feet on the ground, do you have a spouse or friend or (adult) child whose dream this is? At a private Lockheed Martin facility, the winner of this extraordinary experience will have two hours in the Fighter Demonstration Center for a complete orientation and the opportunity to fly the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor cockpit demonstrators, the two fifth generation fighter aircraft. Thrill to the energy and excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Donated by Lockheed Martin Corporation; FMV: $1,000

Cape Cod Escape

Enjoy a one-week vacation on Cape Cod in June or August 2016. Walk to Craigville Beach (one mile) from your vacation home, a sunny, open-plan, 4 bedroom, 2 ˝ bath contemporary cape (2700 square feet, completely renovated) with two family rooms, screened-in porch, heated pool, and amazing gardens. (Wifi, a/c, cable, and AppleTV -- of course.) Located between West Hyannisport, home of the Kennedy clan, and Osterville, with its charming stores and beautiful beaches, bucolic Centerville is conveniently located on the mid-cape, an easy drive from Boston‘s Logan airport. Ride the bike trails, visit the National Seashore, hop a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for a day, visit magnificent Chatham, eat at the many great Cape restaurants, or grill dinner poolside. The owner will meet you when you arrive, give you a tour of the property, share local secrets (best place to buy fruits and vegetables, pick up the freshest fish and lobster, or get the best homemade ice cream) and leave you to enjoy your escape. (Smoking is prohibited on the property.)
Donated by Barbara Harman and William Cain; FMV: $5,000

Let's Put on a Show!

Take "make believe" to the next level when teaching artists from Young Playwrights Theatre bring their magic to your child's birthday party. This customized, 60 minute workshop for 15-20 children in third grade and up uses theater activities to get the kids engaged ("Getting to know You," "This is a What?," "Sticky Floor"), and then transforms the children into fairy tale characters who all get to steal the show. Interested in hosting the adult, 90 minute version of this experience (character creation and dialogue work) as part of a team-building activity? Anything is possible!
Donated by Young Playwrights Theatre; FMV: $175

Eat, Drink, and Be ... Creative

Start with your friends, or your favorite colleagues or over-worked staff; invite them to a private art studio; and add professional artists to help your group (up to 20) tap into its creative side. Bring on the wine and dessert, and add the accompaniment of a string trio to complete the experience. Step-by-step instruction from expert teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear means that no previous experience is required to enjoy this special evening. Eat, drink, listen, be merry ... and create your own masterpieces at the same time!
Donated by Capitol Hill Arts Workshop; FMV: $860

Event Sponsors

Community Patron

UBS Private Wealth Management, Rod von Lipsey

Area Advocate


Betsy Gemmill

Barbara Harman & William Cain

JPMorgan Chase

Horne LLC


Neighborhood Leader

360 Live Media

Bank of Georgetown

Capital for Children

Ginny & Irwin Edlavitch

Jeff Fergus & Jo Ousterhout

Graham Holdings Company

Jennifer Hillman

Cathy & Walter Isaacson

Holly Johnson & Pat Merloe

Claude and Nancy Keener Charitable Trust

Dandy & Bob Korzeniewski

McCoy Family Fund

National Geographic Society

Otto-Whalley Family Foundation

Kathy & Tom Raffa

Wells Fargo, The Private Bank

See below for our album of photos from last year's event!

2014 Inspiration to Action - November 2014

Questions?, 202.955.6538

We look forward to seeing you on December 7th!