Awards Ceremony: A sneak peek from Alliance event planner D'Arcy Klingle

written by Darcy Klingle
April 22, 2010

The Alliance’s 2010 Awards Ceremony will be held today – Thursday, April 22 – at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

As Meeting and Events Coordinator here at the Alliance, it has been my privilege and responsibility to see another Awards Ceremony come together. The event is a great opportunity to reflect on the significance of our work and recognize the accomplishments of our friends and colleagues. As a community, this moment marks a time when we’re able to pause, appreciate, and celebrate.
It’s a wonderful event every year, and I can’t wait to see you all there!
And – as a special sneak preview- I thought I’d share a few things I’m looking forward to at tonight’s Awards Ceremony:
  • Mistress of Ceremonies, Ms. Judy Woodruff:
    For the second year in a row Judy Woodruff, PBS Senior Correspondent, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. The broadcast journalist has covered politics and national news for CNN, NBC and PBS and now regularly co-anchors the PBS NewsHour. We’re delighted to have the lovely and charming Judy back!  
  • Musical guest Mighty Sam McClain:
    During his journey towards music, Mighty Sam McClain personally faced episodes of homelessness and can attest to the significance the experience has had in his life. Mighty The Grammy Award Nominee, will serve as a very special guest performer in tonight’s event.
  • T-Shirts:
    Alliance “End Homelessness” t-shirts are making their debut at the Awards Ceremony reception following the Ceremony. Shirts are $15 and proceeds will go to Alliance programs. Make sure to pick one up 
  • Mmm, crabcakes!
    Of all the refreshments that will be served at the reception, the crab cakes really need their own special number: lucky number seven! Crab cakes at the Awards Ceremony have become tradition through the years – and they never fail to please! Make sure to try one (or two!) tonight!
  • And while we’re on that note…
    Old Dominion Brewing Company and Quattro Goomba’s Winery have graciously provided the beverages tonight. Show your support for our local businesses by raising a glass tonight.
  • Did we mention the view?
    D.C. offers some spectacular evening views – complete with majestic skyline – but in the four years that I’ve lived in Washington, I can firmly say that the outdoor terrace at the Kennedy Center rivals the best of them.
  • The main event!
    We haven’t forgotten the main event! This year, we truly have reason to celebrate. The night’s awardees have shown such commitment, innovation, and tireless effort in our collective goal to end homelessness. What I’m really struck by is the diversity of the night’s special guests: from former MLB first baseman Mo Vaughn to human rights activist Martha Kegel to public servant Sen. Patty Murray. We thank them for their incredible work and this opportunity to recognize their achievement.