Raise the Region Gala

Featuring the Community Leadership Award Presentation

Raise the Region Gala
Join the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and help “Raise the Region” at its annual celebration of local philanthropy.

This event attracts hundreds of regional business, philanthropic and community leaders and supports the Community Foundation’s ability to grow philanthropy to respond to need and seed innovation throughout the region.  Held in the fall, it features the presentation of the Community Leadership Award for outstanding service and commitment to Northern Virginia, the longest standing award of its kind.  It includes a one-of-a-kind auction and opportunities to engage and connect with our community.

2021 Raise the Region

Thanks for joining us on Friday, October 8, 2021


Though the 2021 Raise the Region livestream is complete, you may watch the entire event in the video above, hosted by Leon Harris, NBC4 News Anchor. Congratulations to Karen Schaufeld, 2021 Community Leadership Award winner, in recognition of all she does to support the fabric of our region.

As you can see, the Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to deploy public resources to respond to need and seed innovation throughout the region. And after 43 years in operation, it is here for the long game, developing sources of patient capital to lay the foundation for a better future for all who live and work here, building a community that works for everyone.

Thank you for helping to build a community that works for everyone!

2021 Raise the Region HONOREE AND Sponsors

Community Leadership Award Recipients

The Community Foundation’s Community Leadership Award is presented annually for outstanding community service and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.  Below is a historical list of previous recipients.

In 2021, the award was presented to Karen Schaufeld, philanthropist, author, entrepreneur, and lawyer, for all she has done to strengthen Northern Virginia.

Here is the complete list of award recipients through the years.


Past Recipients

  • 2021 Karen G. Schaufeld
  • 2019 MG Carl H. McNair, Jr. (RET)
  • 2018 Ellen and Jim Dyke
  • 2017 Mark and Brenda Moore
  • 2016 J. Knox Singleton
  • 2015 Jim Wordsworth
  • 2014 Richard Duvall and Holland & Knight LLP
  • 2013 J. Hamilton Lambert
  • 2012 BB&T
  • 2011 Washington Gas
  • 2010 Booz Allen Hamilton
  • 2009 Sudhakar & Suresh Shenoy
  • 2008 Donna Morea
  • 2007 F. Kevin Reynolds
  • 2006 Alan & Sally Merten
  • 2005 Gary McCollum
  • 2004 Hon. Frank Wolf
  • 2003 Hon. Thomas M. Davis, III
  • 2002 Michael G. Anzillotti
  • 2001 Ralph W. Shrader
  • 2000 Michael A. Daniels
  • 1999 Mark Warner & Lisa Collis
  • 1998 Phil & Marge Odeen
  • 1997 Thomas E. Waldrop
  • 1996 Charles “Chuck” Vance
  • 1995 Edward H. Bersoff
  • 1994 Daniel M. Ross
  • 1993 Community Care Awards
  • 1992 Dan R. Bannister
  • 1991 Sidney O. Dewberry
  • 1990 Joe Gibbs
  • 1989 Joanne F. & George W. Johnson
  • 1988 Milton L. Drewer, Jr.
  • 1987 Virginia E. & John T. Hazel
  • 1986 James T. Lewis
  • 1985 John M. Toups
  • 1984 Earle C. Williams
  • 1983 Charles G. Gulledge