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The CDI Benefit in Pictures

CDI Scholar Victoria Charles with Benefit co-Chairs Nancy Malkin Carr (Board Chair) and Andrea Weiswasser

On Wednesday, May 2nd CDI hosted its Annual Spring Benefit at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC (photos below). Donald E. Graham of The Washington Post Company was the featured speaker. At the neighboring W Hotel, an appearance by President Obama (we think) brought traffic to a standstill prior to the Benefit, making it difficult for our guests to get to our event. But we were delighted at the number of people who braved traffic to attend. What they were treated to was a wonderful evening that included speeches by two of our Scholars (Binh Pham, Lafayette College ’13) and Cristina Devia (Tufts University ’12) and  CDI President Nina Marks.

As in every year since our first class, 100% of the Scholars in CDI’s Class of 2012 were accepted into multiple selective colleges and universities. As Nina highlighted in her speech, “Of the 239 applications filed by 25 Scholars, only 32 were denials and 37 were wait lists.” What makes those figures so remarkable is that colleges fielded record numbers of national and international applications at the same time they also slashed admit rates. Put simply, this year was a very difficult  year to get into college. Nevertheless, CDI Scholars fared extremely well.

Following Nina’s speech, featured speaker Donald E. Graham delivered a powerful keynote address highlighting the importance of supporting low-income, first-generation-to-college students. And at the conclusion of the event, auctioneer Steve Weiswasser led a raucous auction in which we raised additional funds to help support CDI.

A special thank you to all of the gracious individuals and organizations who agreed to donate time and services to our auction: Cal Ripken, Jr., Howard Fineman, and Susan Gage Catering. Look for video from the event on our website soon!

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Many, many thanks to all of our Benefit guests and Patrons!

Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Elizabeth & Michael Galvin
Accolade Partners
Sarah and Winthrop Brown
CityBridge Foundation
Nancy and Robert Carr
Mary and Armeane Choksi
Mary Graham
Carol and Eugene Ludwig
Nina and Jonathan Marks
Quadrangle Development Corp.
Tori Winkler Thomas
TPG
The Washington Post Company
Toni and Lee Verstandig
Andrea and Stephen Weiswasser
Bank of Georgetown
Carr Properties
Carla Elliott-Neely
Wendy and Fred Goldberg
Mary and Robert Haft
Melanie and Lawrence Nussdorf
Qatar Foundation International
Jean and Thomas Rutherfoord
Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation