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Honorees on stage at Hope Blossoms 2022
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Earlier this month St. Ann’s Center hosted Hope Blossoms – our annual reception and awards ceremony – for the first time in-person since 2019. This special evening was an unprecedented success thanks to our dedicated sponsors, donors, partners, and staff.

To say that we are grateful would be an understatement. Thank you to everyone who joined our gathering – whether in-person or watching our livestream.

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From Nightlight to Hope Blossoms: Ten Years of Celebrating and Supporting St. Ann’s! Learn about the history of our gala and the establishment of our two awards named in honor of Michele Heidenberger and Mary McGrory.

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St. Ann’s congratulates upcoming Hope Blossoms honorees Judy and John Ritz, who will receive the Mary McGrory Advocacy Award at our May 11 event. This award is presented to individuals whose work brings attention to the needs of some of the community’s voiceless: homeless and vulnerable youth and young mothers.

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(Washington, D.C.) St. Ann’s Center’s “Hope Blossoms” gala will celebrate 162 years of fulfilling a mission bestowed by then-President Abraham Lincoln: caring for vulnerable women and children in the Nation’s Capital.

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