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Friday, October 6, 2023


The 2023 Raise the Region Gala is complete, and the incredible response of community support is a testament to the rousing sense of renewal for our region. Congratulations to 2023 Community Leadership Award Honoree, Sumeet Shrivastava! See the tribute video above, a testament to Sumeet’s dedication to this region, and a video below highlighting the impact of two very important initiatives supported by the Community Foundation this past year: Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP) and Melwood’s WISH Center.

Photos are in!  Thanks to our photographer, Monique Michael, we are happy to share with you the photos from the event.  Feel free to download photos you'd like to keep or share using the code 3353.

Your support, engagement, and dedication to this region are so very much appreciated.  Thank you for helping to build a community that works for everyone!

About the 2023 Community Leadership Honoree

Sumeet Shrivastava

A pillar of the Gala celebration each year is the Community Leadership Award, presented annually for outstanding community service and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians. This year’s award will be presented to Sumeet Shrivastava.

Sumeet Shrivastava is 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.
Read Sumeet's Full Bio

Thank you to the 2023 Raise the Region Gala Sponsors

 Challenge Sponsor

K. Paul Singh

Community Leadership Sponsors

Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
John and Nina Toups Charitable Fund
The Shrivastava Family

Auction Sponsor

Truist Wealth

Registration Sponsor

George Mason University College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Athletics, School of Business, and George Mason University Foundation, Inc.

Community Resilience Sponsor

Hensel Phelps

Photo Engagement Sponsor

Monument Wealth Management

Centerpiece Sponsor

Karin's Florist

Media Partner


Print Partner

Grassroot Communication

Video Partner

Striking Media

Wine Sponsor

Walsh Family Wine

Community Empowerment Sponsors

Booz Allen Hamilton
Inova Health System
Robert and Pamela Kipps
Harry Klaff and Avison Young
Paul and Julia Leslie
The McLean Group
Northern Virginia Science Center Foundation
Washington Gas
Helaine Weissman and Mike Benoudiz/PBMares, LLP

Community Impact Sponsors

Sid Banerjee
Bank of America
Lou and Wendy Brown
Tony and Monica Brown
Business Women's Giving Circle
CGI Federal
Cordia Partners
Frances Craig
Eileen Ellsworth and Bob Weil
Fulton Bank and Ginny Heine
Future Kings & Bernard and Daphne Mustafa
George Mason University's Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution and College of Engineering and Computing
Goldman Sachs
Anita Gupta, KiwiTech
Dr. Anjali and Arun Gupta
Holland & Knight LLP
Human Capital Strategic Consulting
Ted and Karyn Hume
Gautam Ijoor, Alpha Omega
Immigrant Businesswomen Circle, Beatriz McNelly
Cheryl Janey and Michael Calhoun
Craig Kendall, Financial Investments, Inc.
KippsDeSanto & Co.
Cathy Lange, Human Capital Advisors
LWH Family Foundation
McCandlish Lillard, PC / Melinda Merk
Karen Turner McWilliams, Esq.
Tamara Nall
NOVA Parks
Phil and Marge Odeen
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman
Meera and Shankar Pillai
Anil and Anupama Sharma, 22nd Century Technologies
Josh and Merri Stillman
Elaine Tholen
UVA Health
Velsor Properties, LLC
Eric and Sylvia von Bostel
George and Ashley Wilson

Community Giving Sponsors

Anne Altman and Dan Pelino
Dominion Energy
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Helios HR
Interstate Van Lines Inc.
Amy Wells Mackay, Truist Wealth
Northwest Federal Credit Union
SteeleHarbour Capital Partners, Hansa and Deepak Hathiramani

Community Wellness Sponsors

The Bajaj Family Foundation
Brighton Jones
AC and Rita Chakrabarti
The Compass Group, Inc.
Mark and Suzanne Cummings
Michael Gallagher
James W. Hazel
Bill and Bobbie Kilberg
Pyush Kumar
Paladin Life Care
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Kevin and Stacey Reynolds
The Robert and Sonia Makheja Foundation
Stream Realty
Lori Ann Terjesen
United Bank
West Financial

Additional Contributions

The Andreotti Group, LLC: Cindy Andreotti and John Tupper
Bob Eisiminger
Nolan Family Charitable Fund
Schaufeld Family Foundation

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