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Thank You for Making Hope Blossom!

May 9, 2024
Dr. Amber Andrews, Sister Nancy Downing, Sister Mary Bader, and Mary Lou Goehrung

Thank You from Sister Nancy Downing, CEO

Last night we hosted Hope Blossoms, in celebration and support of the women and their children who journey through St. Ann's Center.

What a night! Whether you joined us in person or in spirit - thank you. We can't wait to share event highlights and photos with you soon.

Our guest speaker, Amber, (an alumna of St. Ann's programs) shared the following words which have stayed with me since last evening:

"I want to thank everyone for volunteering, supporting, and donating to St. Ann’s. Your seeds that you have planted - and continue to plant - help young moms blossom into extraordinary women that have a community to support them."

- Dr. Amber Andrews

Thank you, Amber, for sharing your story. Thank you to all who made Hope Blossoms possible. Please look for more highlights, photos, and thank-you's very soon!



Sister Nancy Downing, CND
CEO, St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families


Sponsors make Hope Blossoms possible! St. Ann's Center wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors:

Cory and Joe Rogers

Kammie and Scott Bell
Pam and Dennis Lucey
Kathy and Ed Quinn

Judy and John Ritz
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

Special Thanks

  • Pam and Dennis Lucey for serving as energetic Co-Chairs for Hope Blossoms 2024
  • Wilton Cardinal GregoryArchbishop of Washington, for providing our Invocation and Welcome
  • Michael Steele for being our fabulous Master of Ceremonies (once again!)
  • Monsignor John Enzler for his creative and endearing fundraising help
  • The Daughters of Charity, who founded and continue to influence St. Ann's Center
  • Our Board of Directors and Staff for their dedication to St. Ann’s Center
  • Our Hope Blossoms Event Committee for their care, creativity, and enthusiasm
  • Our Honorary Host Committee for their promotion, support and dedication to this event's success
  • Our Volunteers for providing their support and assistance this evening
  • Tommy McFly for the memorable video celebrating Sister Mary Bader's impact
  • Sarah von Pollaro and Urban Petals for creating a vision of nature and beauty at our fingertips
  • Michael Colella, PictureLock Films for his time to capture photographs that will be cherished for many years and for such an unbelievable slide presentation
  • Mary Lou Goehrung and Signs By Tomorrow for crafting and donating our signs and placards
  • First Hand Productions for their help with the sound and projection making our evening sparkle

Want to be part of Hope Blossoms 2025?

Contact Ellen Toups about Sponsorship and Volunteer opportunities at [email protected]