Dream Gala 2018 was a celebration of the "Power of Baseball" in our community, raising over $1 million. The annual event has netted $5.7 million to date, enabling the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation to contribute substantially to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Ward 7, the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National, the Washington Nationals Miracle Field in Montgomery County, MD, and the successful Washington Nationals Legacy Fields program. The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation has also awarded nearly $1 million in grants to local nonprofits that directly serve children and families in our focus areas.
Dream Gala presenting sponsor, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, once again provided the perfect setting for this powerful evening. The festivities began with a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring the always popular Player Baskets, which showcase some of the favorite things of Nationals players and are prepared by Nationals families. After cocktails, the dinner program, emceed by ESPN's Lindsay Czarniak, began with a formal introduction of the 2018 Washington Nationals and included remarks by Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Chair of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, highlighting the success of the Dream Foundation and sharing future plans. The inaugural Power of Baseball Award was presented by Nationals Manager Dave Martinez and Vice President of Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Youth Baseball Academy Tal Alter to the 2017 JMS Little League team, the first all-African American Little League team to appear in the D.C. Little League championship game.
The evening program concluded with a live auction, which was exciting as ever! Top packages included the "On the Road with the Nationals" travel package to New York to watch the Nationals face off with the Mets, the ultimate All-Star week package, and a luxury vacation at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica.
The Dream Foundation and its supporters continue to use the "Power of Baseball" to make wonderful things happen for children and families in the DMV. Stay tuned for details regarding Dream Gala 2019.