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On Sunday, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities hosted a VIP reception on the glamorous Odyssey of Washington at the Gangplank Marina before setting sail for a dinner cruise and dancing to the Chane Link Band. Guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres aboard the boat, which was lit up by the first patch of sunshine DC had seen all weekend.
QT Executive Director Tina Campanella and event host/WJLA's Brian Van de Graaff delivered opening remarks, and board member Bernard Crawford gave a touching speech about how Quality Trust helped him move into his own apartment (last month!) and began a new chapter in his life "not as an individual, but as a person."
Guests included: HSN TV host Anji Corley, who helped coordinate the silent auction; International Tennis Hall-of-Famer Donald Dell and his wife Carole; WJLA's Brian Van de Graaff; artist Eddie Fontno; QT Board Member and Developmental Committee Chair Sharman Word Dennis; Laura Nuss, Director of DC’s Dept. on Disability Services; Ricardo Thornton, National Self-Advocate; Amy Brooks; Liz Cammack; Tina Campanella; Bernard Crawford; Lillian Dansby; American University professor and QT Board Chair Bob Dinerstein and his wife Joan Fread; Scott Filer; Phyllis Holton; Margaret Lancaster; Erin Leveton; Nicole Levine; Jamal Malone; Chase Phillips; Laura Rogers; Elver Ariza Silva; Darnell Smith; Lynn Snyder; Michael Ward and Rhonda White.
The night would not have been possible without the Entertainment Cruises staff and the evening's sponsors and host committee, to whom Quality Trust would like to extend a special thank you:
NCC Foundation, Chevy Chase Pavilion, NAN Radio, Peter Johnston & Associates, RAFFA, MV Transportation, Sharman Word Dennis, Bob Dinerstein & Joan Fread, Carol Grigsby & Paul Fekete, Christopher Korin, Ellis Malave & Christopher Hays, Clark Madigan & Karen Davis, Amy Brooks, Danielle Darby, Tina M. Campanella & Elton Hensley, Vince & Kathleen Campanella, Erin Leveton & Margaret Lancaster, Kari & Eli Lehrer, Rebecca Salon & Jay Goldman, and Martha Williams.