Gala Raises $50,000 for Youth Program

Gala Raises $50,000 for Youth Program

Leadership Center for Excellence hosted its 12th annual Monte Carlo Night on Friday and raised $50,000 to support its Youth Program. More than 350 Washington metropolitan community stakeholders registered for the April 1 event.

Proceeds from the evening support the Leadership Arlington Youth Program as well as the mission of Leadership Center for Excellence.

The Youth Program is designed to enhance leadership skills and awareness of the need for philanthropy, community service and civic participation in rising high school juniors and seniors. For two weeks in the summer, the youth program meets at different public, private and nonprofit locations throughout Arlington County. Participants have the opportunity to be exposed to diverse organizations and meet with local leaders during this hands-on experiential program. Skills sessions focus on teamwork, leadership presence, cultural competency and public speaking.

The theme for this year's event was Black & White Ball. Guests were treated to an array of activities from a silent auction to Monte Carlo casino-style gaming tables to cigar sales and scotch, bourbon and rum tastings. Christian Dorsey, member of the Arlington County Board, acted as auctioneer during the live auction.