Tracy’s Kids 2015 Fundraiser

First of all, we would like to say

THANK YOU 

to everyone who came out to support Tracy’s Kids on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 for our 10th Annual “And the Winner Is” event. It was an amazing night spent celebrating Tracy’s Kids on the red carpet and at the movies.

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To everyone who came to the event and donated to support Tracy’s Kids, we sincerely thank you. It is only with your continued support that we are able to do this important work.

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We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for helping make our ninth annual event such a great success:

  • Carly Glazier Photography
  • Comcast/NBCUniversal
  • NFL Players Association
  • Regal Entertainment Group
  • Susan O’Neill and Associates
  • The Studios – 21st Century Fox, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, IFC, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Time Warner, Viacom, Warner Bros. Pictures, and The Weinstein Company

This year was a little bit different than most, as we presented three Courage Awards.

First, we presented Congressman Tom Marino (R-10/PA) with the Courage Award. Congressman Marino has battled kidney cancer for over a decade — including having a kidney removed in 2012. He also has a special appreciation for our mission because his daughter has spent a great deal of time in hospitals in connection with her Cystic Fibrosis. He is deeply committed to raising awareness of the path traveled by American families that confront serious pediatric illnesses.

 

Then, we were honored to present Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals with a Courage Award.  The story of Devon and his four year old daughter captivated NFL fans following Leah’s neuroblastoma diagnosis in June.  Interest swelled in late August when the Bengals cut Devon from the 53 team roster but re-signed him to the 10-man practice squad so that he could continue to receive medical benefits.  An opposing coach who had never met Devon — the Saints’ Sean Payton — bought 100 of his jerseys when he learned that the proceeds were being donated to support children with cancer.  Some opponents’ cheerleaders wore Devon’s jerseys during games this season.  To date, jersey sales and Devon’s efforts have raised over $1.3 million in contributions to fight pediatric cancer and raise awareness of the struggles that the disease and its treatment impose on families. We are thrilled that Devon’s daughter Leah is now cancer free!

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Matt Gerson is presented with a surprise Courage Award

Finally, we surprised Tracy’s Kids Chairman and Founder, Matt Gerson, with a Courage Award. Matt is our fearless leader, a constant advocate for this program, and the last person to draw attention to himself for this work. Because of that, Board Member Marcelle Leahy and Event Planner Susan O’Neill conspired to award Matt for his good work – and the perseverance he showed when battling cancer as a child. This program would not be as successful, as far reaching, or as effective without Matts leadership.

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We were honored to have the company of many Members of Congress again this year. Our guests included Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Representative David Cicilline (D-RI-1), Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-9), Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-9), Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-21), Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6), Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Mrs. Grassley, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mrs. Marcelle Leahy, Representative Tom Marino (R-PA-10), Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA-2), Representative Jerrold Nadler (R-NY-10), Senator Rob Portman (R-PA), Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Representative Fred Upton (R-MI-6), Representative Greg Walden (R-OR-2).

As a reminder, the 2015 movies that our guests chose from were:

  • American Sniper — Courtesy of Time Warner
  • Birdman — Courtesy of 21st Century Fox
  • Boyhood — Courtesy of IFC 
  • Foxcatcher — Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • The Imitation Game — Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
  • Selma – Courtesy of Viacom
  • The Theory of Everything – Courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal

Once again, we auctioned artwork done by Tracy’s Kids as well as a pieces by Tracy’s Kids friends and fellow artists, Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers. We also auctioned off a guitar signed by Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan; two tickets to watch a live taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; two tickets to watch a live taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers; a phenomenal package from the Washington Nationals that includes 4 VIP seats, on field passes to watch batting practice, and the chance to call “Play Ball” or deliver the Lineup Card; a set of Nike Vapor Irons, three Nike Golf wedges, and a Nike Golf bag; a foursome to play a round of golf at Creighton Farms; and a raffle for two tickets to see Taylor Swift in Concert at Nationals Park on Monday, July 13.

 

It was another great year of “And the Winner Is” – we look forward to seeing you all next year and celebrating with you then!

Tracy’s Kids 2015 Program

10th Annual “And the Winner Is” Event!

Save the Date!

The tenth annual “And the Winner Is…” event will be on Wednesday, February 11, 2015!

 

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The format for the event this February will remain unchanged from previous years – as we are proud to host one of Washington’s most unique and anticipated fundraisers with no dinner or lengthy speechifying – just a reception and then the chance to watch one of the six nominated and award-winning films that we screen that night. 

If you would like to purchase tickets, have any questions, or are interested in learning more, please contact Susan O’Neill & Associates at 301-229-0124 or TracysKids@ONeillEvent.com.

To purchase tickets with a  credit card, please visit our Click and Pledge website!

 

We are looking forward to another great year and hope to see everyone on Wednesday, February 11, 2015!

The 2014 “And the Winner Is” Event

First of all, we would like to say

THANK YOU

to everyone who came out to support Tracy’s Kids on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. It was an amazing night spent celebrating Tracy’s Kids on the red carpet and at the movies.

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To everyone who came to the event and donated to support Tracy’s Kids, we hope thank you. It is only with your continued support that we are able to continue to do this important work.

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We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for helping make our ninth annual event such a great success:

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At the event we presented Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) with the Courage Award for the perseverance and bravery she has shown during her personal battle with cancer. She spoke briefly about her own experiences, and we were honored with all that she shared. You can watch her speech by clicking here.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at the 2014 And the Winner Is Event

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at the 2014 And the Winner Is Event.

David Cohen, Marcelle Leahy and Matt Gerson present the Courage Award

David Cohen, Marcelle Leahy and Matt Gerson present the Courage Award

We were honored to have the company of many Members of Congress again this year. Our guests included Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), the 2013 Courage Award Winner Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly was also in attendance.

Tracy's Kids participants and supporters Devan Tatlow and his mother joined us on the red carpet again this year!

Tracy’s Kids participants and supporters Devan Tatlow and his mother joined us on the red carpet again this year!

Here’s a quick roundup of the event, for those of you who were unable to join us.  After Matt Gerson welcomed everyone and spoke briefly about his own fight with cancer and his continued dedication to the Tracy’s Kids cause, Tracy Councill introduced Dr. Aziza Shad of Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center. Dr. Shad spoke of the positive impact that Tracy’s Kids has had at the clinic and personally thanked Tracy’s Kids supporters for enabling us to do this important work. Marcelle Leahy introduced David Cohen from Comcast/NBCUniversal to present Senator Heidi Heitkamp with the Courage Award. Melissa Maxfield of Comcast/NBCUniversal then drew the raffle winner for tickets to see Katy Perry at the Verizon Center, and announced the movie theaters where each of the six movies would be screened. Our guests then made their way upstairs to the theaters to enjoy popcorn and the movie of their choice.

As a reminder, the 2014 movies that our guests chose from were:

  •  Gravity – Winner of the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film [Courtesy of Time Warner]
  • 12 Years a Slave – Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture [Courtesy of 21st Century Fox]
  • American Hustle – Winner of three Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture [Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment]
  • Dallas Buyers Club – Winner of two SAG awards recognizing both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto [Courtesy of Comcast/NBCUniversal]
  • Nebraska – Winner of Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, and from the National Board of Review and LA Film Critics — all recognizing Bruce Dern [Courtesy of Viacom]
  • Philomena – nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress recognizing Dame Judi Dench [Courtesy of The Weinstein Company]

This year we auctioned artwork done by Tracy’s Kids as well as a piece by Tracy’s Kids Program Director, Tracy Councill. Tracy’s Kids friends and fellow artists, Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers, were also generous enough to donate pieces to our event. The artwork was extremely popular, and gave our guests a chance to see some of the pieces done at each of our program locations.

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It was another great year of “And the Winner Is” – we look forward to seeing you all next year for our 10th Annual “And the Winner Is” and celebrating with you then!

The 2013 “And The Winner Is” Event

 

First of all, we would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Tracy’s Kids last Wednesday night, February 13, 2013. It was an amazing night spent celebrating Tracy’s Kids on the red carpet and at the movies.

 

To everyone who came to the event and who donated to support Tracy’s Kids for another year: thank you. We would be nothing without you.

Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida, Tracy's Kids participant Devon Tatlow, Tracy's Kids Founder and Chairman Matt Gerson, Tracy's Kids Board Member Melissa Maxfield and David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal

Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida, Tracy’s Kids participant Devan Tatlow, Tracy’s Kids Founder and Chairman Matt Gerson, Tracy’s Kids Board Member Melissa Maxfield and David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal

We would like to specifically thank the following people and organizations for their help in making this year’s event such a success:

  • Carly Glazier Photography  – this year we were lucky enough to have the talented Carly Glazier behind the camera.  Carly donated her time and talent to Tracy’s Kids and she captured the moments in the photographs that you will see on this site as well as on our Facebook page. Thank you, Carly.
  • The Studios – every year we are lucky enough to screen award winning films donated by the studios, which make our Hollywood experience complete.
  • Comcast/NBCUniversal – thank you for your generous support of Tracy’s Kids every year. We were lucky enough to have Comcast/NBCUniversal underwriting the event, which guarantees that all donations we received will go directly to supporting our programs.
  • Susan O’Neill and Associates – for the wonderful work you all do for us every year that helps make our movie event so unforgettable. We couldn’t do it without you.
  • And most importantly, to all of our contributors – THANK YOU! Without your support, none of this would be possible. Thank you, thank you.
David Cohen and Melissa Maxfield of Comcast/NBCUniversal

David Cohen and Melissa Maxfield of Comcast/NBCUniversal

At the event we premiered the “Keep Your Head Up” music video produced by and starring some of the participants of Tracy’s Kids! Two of the film’s stars, Devan and Sophie, were at the event and were able to share the excitement of the music video’s premiere.

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Devan and his dolphin Big Head

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The crowd loved the video—and we know you will too. Check it out on our YouTube Channel–and while you’re there, Subscribe to us!

 

 

Matt Gerson and Devon watch the video on stage at the 2013 "And the Winner Is" event

Matt Gerson and Devan watch the video on stage at the 2013 “And the Winner Is” event

We were lucky enough to be joined by many Members of Congress. Our guests included Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Congressman Gene Green (D-TX), Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH), Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL), Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), past Courage Award Recipient Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC), Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and the 2013 Courage Award Winner Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI).

Congressman Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan at the 2013 Tracy's Kids Fundraiser

Congressman Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan at the 2013 Tracy’s Kids Fundraiser

Senator Patrick Leahy, Matt Gerson and Marcelle Leahy

Senator Patrick Leahy, Matt Gerson and Marcelle Leahy

Congressman Ted Deutch, Senator Jack Reed, Congressman Sean Duffy, Congressman Dave Camp, and Congressman Mac Thornberry

Congressman Ted Deutch, Congressman Bob Latta, Congressman Sean Duffy, Congressman Dave Camp, and Congressman Mac Thornberry

During the event we presented Congressman Dave Camp with the Courage Award for the perseverance and bravery he has shown in his personal fight against cancer. We also learned that Congressman Camp is in remission—and we were thrilled to celebrate with him.

Congressman Dave Camp accepts the Tracy's Kids Courage Award

Congressman Dave Camp accepts the Tracy’s Kids Courage Award

Past Courage Award recipients were present at the event including our 2010 honoree, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Marcelle Leahy, our Courage Award winner in 2007 and current member of the Tracy’s Kids Board.

David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

Here’s a quick roundup of the event, for those of you who were unable to join us.  After Matt Gerson welcomed everyone and spoke briefly about his own fight with cancer and his continued dedication to the Tracy’s Kids cause, Tracy Councill introduced the music video. Marcelle Leahy then spoke about the importance of the Tracy’s Kids program and introduced David Cohen from Comcast/NBCUniversal. David then presented Congressman Dave Camp with the Courage Award and announced the great news that Congressman Camp is in remission. After Congressman Camp gave an acceptance speech, Melissa Maxfield of Comcast/NBCUniversal—with the help of Devan and Sophie—drew the raffle winner and announced the movie theaters where each of the seven movies would be screened. Our guests then made their way upstairs to the theaters to enjoy popcorn and the movie of their choice.

Comcast/NBCUniversal's Melissa Maxfield announces the raffle winner as Sophie and Devon help with the drawing

Comcast/NBCUniversal’s Melissa Maxfield announces the raffle winner as Sophie and Devan help with the drawing

As a reminder, the movies we showed were:

  •  Argo — Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.  Courtesy of Time Warner.
  • Silver Linings Playbook — National Board of Review awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay.  Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.
  • Les Misérables — Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture (musical or comedy), Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.  Courtesy of Comcast NBC Universal.
  • Zero Dark Thirty — Awarded Best Picture by the Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago and Boston Film Critics’ Associations.  Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild — Winner of Camera d’Or at Cannes Film Festival.  Courtesy of News Corp.
  • Flight — Writers’ Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.   Courtesy of Viacom.
  • Lincoln — Nominated for twelve Academy Award including best director, best actor, and best picture.  Courtesy of Dreamworks Studios and Walt Disney Studios.
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Tracy’s Kids Art Therapists Jean McCaw, Catherine Rubin, Elizabeth Burks, and Tracy Councill stand with Tracy’s Kids Board Member and past Courage Award Recipient Marcelle Leahy and Senator Patrick Leahy during the 2013 Program

 It was another great year of “And the Winner Is” – we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Until then, keep up with Tracy’s Kids by liking us on Facebook, following us on Pinterest, and keeping up with us here on our website!

Don’t forget, it’s easy to donate to Tracy’s Kids! 

Matt Gerson, Congressman Greg Walden, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, and Congressman Fred Upton

Matt Gerson, Congressman Greg Walden, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, and Congressman Fred Upton

Head over to the Gallery or our Facebook where you can see all of the photos from the event!

Taking the show on the road . . .

As the freezing rain turned to just plain rain this morning,  I rented a U-Haul van and went down to Carroll Square to take down the Tracy’s Kids show. Over the next few days, I will take the display boards apart and return the work to the young artists who created it. The show was such a great accomplishment, it was hard to see it close.

Our art show loaded into the van, ready to be safely returned to the kids!

Our art show loaded into the van, ready to be safely returned to the kids! But be on the lookout–you’ll see George and friends again.

But this year there’s an exciting twist. The Big Heads that were in the show will be featured at the Tracy’s Kids Red Carpet fundraiser on February 13–and our music video to the song “Keep Your Head Up” will make its official world premiere! Make your plans now to attend our Washington-style Red Carpet event–and check back here for the link to the video on February 14!