Dream Foundation to host fourth annual Dream Gala

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation will host the fourth annual Dream Gala at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at National Harbor.

The night will begin at 7:00pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner program and live auction at 8:00pm. Nationals players, manager and coaches will be on-hand to mingle with guests throughout the evening. The theme of the 2009 Dream Gala is “Answer The Call to Service in Our Communities”, with all proceeds benefitting the initiatives of the Foundation.

“The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is thankful for the generosity of our supporters during these tough economic times,” said Dream Foundation Chair Marla Lerner Tanenbaum. “The Dream Gala is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser each year; its success allows us to serve our community and neighbors through our unique programs.”

Nationals television broadcasters Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble will serve as emcees for the night’s festivities with radio broadcasters Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler introducing the 2009 Washington Nationals.

A performance of the National Anthem by the Washington Youth Choir will begin the dinner program. The live auction features unique items and experiences, including a hand-crafted team-signed bench, a private clinic for four children with Nationals players, and a suite for 16 for a Nationals game vs. the Boston Red Sox in June.

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation’s programs are focused on children’s education, health and recreation. The cornerstone programs of the Dream Foundation are the creation of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, in partnership with the District government, that will teach the game of baseball and provide after-school educational programs for children in the District; the creation of the Washington Nationals Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center, a world-class facility that will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting families of children with diabetes; and the Neighborhood Initiative, benefitting the Earth Conservation Corps, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and numerous local non-profit organizations with grants, in-kind donations and additional resources.

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