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November 15, 2016 Published in Non-Profits, Other News

SCAN Hosts 14th Annual Toast To Hope, Honors Leana Katz

 [Note: Photo attached (L to R) Leana Katz accepts 2016 Cleary Award from SCAN Founder Dave Cleary and Executive Director Sonia Quiñónez (Courtesy Photo)

(L to R) Leana Katz accepts 2016 Cleary Award from SCAN Founder Dave Cleary and Executive Director Sonia Quiñónez (Courtesy Photo)

SCAN’s 14th annual Toast to Hope fundraiser was held on Nov. 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington’s Gallery. The event—which invited more than 200 guests to “Be Anchors for Children”—included food and beverage tastings as well as live music, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction emceed by former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley. The event raised more than $115,000 to support child abuse prevention programs in Northern Virginia.

At the end of the evening, SCAN presented the 2016 Cleary Award to Leana Katz, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer and ardent supporter of SCAN and its work in the community.  Over nearly a decade of service as a CASA Volunteer, Leana has tirelessly advocated for 13 abused and neglected children across 7 families. Leana serves on SCAN’s Board Development Committee and is a founding member of SCAN’s Council of Young Professionals. She and her husband Marc are also founding sponsors of SCAN’s popular Croquet Day event each spring.

“Leana’s intimate work with at-risk children in our community motivates her generosity and leadership in strengthening our organization,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN Executive Director.  A mother of three, Leana has been an articulate spokesperson for the needs of children and families as well as a passionate advocate for the way SCAN’s programs support parents and protect children in our local community.

“We are celebrating Leana’s compassion as well as her deep understanding of the complex issues so many families face in our community today,” added Quiñónez.

This year’s Toast to Hope was made possible by lead sponsors Dave Cleary, Joe & Sara Carlin and Wells Fargo. Dozens of other businesses and individuals provided additional sponsorships, in-kind donations, and culinary and beverage tastings including King Street Blues, Virginia Imports, Ltd, Beltway Brewing Company and Tempo Restaurant.

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