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 advance equity through philanthropy and community leadership across 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.

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Honoring Kristina Bouweiri with the 2024 Community Leadership Award

Friday, October 18, 2024

6:30 – 10:00 pm | 8:30 pm Hybrid Program
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner
Black Tie Affair | Cocktail Reception & Elegant Seated Dinner | Silent and Live Auctions | Virtual Attendance Options

Join the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia at its annual celebration of local philanthropy.

The Community Foundation will welcome more than 700 business, philanthropic and community leaders to this signature, black-tie event to help build a community that works for everyone.


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 2023, the award was presented to Sumeet Shrivastava, a seasoned business executive, philanthropist, and a proud Northern Virginian who believes that when young people have the tools and opportunities within their own communities to learn, grow, and thrive, the sky's the limit. A product of the Fairfax County public school system, Sumeet has leveraged his success as a government contracting executive with three decades of experience to give back to the community and region that raised him.

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

Past Recipients

  • 2023 Sumeet Shrivastava
  • 2022 Micron
  • 2021 Karen G. Schaufeld
  • 2019 MG Carl H. McNair, Jr.
  • 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