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The 26th Annual Children’s Inn at NIH Gala


On Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, The Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health held the 26th Annual Congressional Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in downtown Washington. Led by this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies, award winning American Legal Affairs Correspondent for National Public Radio, Nina Totenberg, the theme of this year’s Gala was “From Every State, For Every Child” and drew in hundreds of guests who all have significantly contributed to The Inn. Several Members of Congress were present at the event including Honorary Chairs Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Senator Roy Blunt who both gave heartfelt speeches highlighting the incredible achievements the Inn has made since they first open their doors in June of 1990. Special guest Ezmee Hutton, a patient at The Inn battling an immune system disorder entitled Common Variable Immune Deficiency. It was apparent to everyone in audience what an extraordinary difference The Children’s Inn has made in her life, as it does for so many other children and families.

The program ended with a surprise award presentation for Kathy Russell, The Children’s Inn’s respected and dedicated Chief Executive Officer. With her decision to retire this year, her friends and colleagues at The Inn presented her with an award that demonstrated their gratitude for all she has done for the past ten years.

The evening’s theme “From Every State, For Every Child” also inspired a unique silent auction filled with baskets donated by several Congressman, Senators, and Governors from around the country. The silent auction was a wonderful success and several guests went home with beautiful baskets filled with unique items that represent each State that participated!

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Special guest, Ezmee Hutton, speaks on what The Inn means to her as she battles a rare immune system disorder entitled Common Variable Immune Deficiency.

Congressman Chris Van Hollen delivers wonderful speech on the difference in the lives of families the Children Inn has made over the years.

Honorary Chair Congressman Chris Van Hollen gave a heartfelt speech highlighting the incredible achievements the Inn has made since they first open their doors in June of 1990.

Kathy Russel receiving her award.

The program ended with a surprise award presentation for Kathy Russell, The Children’s Inn’s respected and dedicated Chief Executive Officer. With her decision to retire this year, her friends and colleagues at The Inn presented her with an award that demonstrated their gratitude for all she has done for the past ten years.

The evening’s theme “From Every State, For Every Child” also inspired a unique silent auction filled with baskets donated by several Congressman, Senators, and Governors from around the country.

The evening’s theme “From Every State, For Every Child” also inspired a unique silent auction filled with baskets donated by several Congressman, Senators, and Governors from around the country.