Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises Funds to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Richard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm will be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it will be presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.  Leon Harris, Anchor, ABC7 / WJLA-TV will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The award is presented annually for outstanding community service and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.  Over 600 business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers participate in this event to celebrate the charitable work of the Community Foundation and to raise funds to support the critical needs of the Northern Virginia community.  This year also marks the centennial celebration of community foundations in America.  With over 700 organizations in the U.S. and 1700 worldwide, community foundations collectively manage more than $48 billion in assets and make grants of approximately $4.5 billion a year to improve life in their communities.

“Richard Duvall has invested countless hours and tremendous resources to supporting our neediest neighbors in Northern Virginia,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “You will never meet a more genuine, competent and caring person.  I am delighted to bring the work and accomplishments of Richard Duvall and Holland & Knight LLP into the spotlight by honoring them with this year’s Community Leadership Award.”

The evening will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and award presentation.  Dress is black tie attire.

Support for the Community Foundation’s Sweet Home Virginia Gala is provided by Presenting Sponsor, Holland & Knight LLP, and from Platinum Sponsors ACADEMI, Booz Allen Hamilton, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, and David and Carol Young.

A full list of grant winners is in the press release below.