Seventeenth Annual Georgetown Pediatrics Gala

 Saturday, April 2, 2016

6:00 PM – Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction

7:30 PM – Dinner, 2016 Flame of Hope Award Presentation, Live Auction


Dear Friends,

It is my sincerest privilege to welcome you to our Seventeenth Annual Georgetown Pediatrics Gala.

I am truly honored to have stepped into the role of Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the beginning of this year.  The passion, drive and enthusiasm that our team shows in its singular focus of advancing the health of children is utterly amazing.  Having been at Georgetown for almost thirteen years, one very quickly realizes what an exceptional place this is, and how special the physicians, nurses, and all of the members of this team are. 

I would like to thank David Nelson, M.D., for his seventeen years of leadership and service as Chair.   He has been the face of this department for many years and we are grateful for his outstanding and sustained efforts to improve the care of children both in our community and beyond.  He has truly been an inspiration to all!

Seventeen years ago, Mary Hoobler, our Gala Founder, suggested to Dr. Nelson that we start this annual event honoring her late husband Jim.  Over the years, the Gala has continued to support the dedicated team at Georgetown Pediatrics in their ability to serve the children in our care.  I am truly indebted to the members of the Gala Committee for their work in planning this evening. 

Special thanks also go to our honorary Gala Host, His Excellency, Abdullah Al-Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States.  The Ambassador and his Embassy staff have worked tirelessly in support of our efforts and we are most grateful for their commitment to making this event so successful.

 On behalf of the Department of Pediatrics, thank you for joining our team in your caring and generous commitment to our mission.  As Nelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."  I am touched by the kindness, commitment, and generous spirit that all of you show in making children your priority.

With gratitude,

Michael J. Donnelly, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics