100 Bright Futures
On Thursday, November 7th, 2019, Crittenton celebrated its 131st Anniversary with more than 200 guests and supporters. The evening was led by hometown favorites, Allison Seymour (Fox 5 Morning News) and Marc Clarke (WHUR) as our Emcees for the 131st Anniversary Celebration.
Thanks to the generosity of 50 sponsors and dozens of individuals who contributed during our live appeal, Crittenton raised more than $280,000. These dollars met our 100 Bright Futures campaign goal.
With this amazing community effort, Crittenton will reach another 100 teen girls this school year.
Thanks to our Sponsors
Role Models, Advocates, & Leaders
This year, Crittenton honored three women through our Leadership and Beacon Awards. Each honoree spoke of their personal experiences in life and their career and how they felt connected to Crittenton's mission and teen girls. Crittenton brings together each honoree with an alumnae prior to the event. Part interview, part coaching session, both honoree and alumnae learn from each other and are that much more connected as their Alumnae presents their award at the Celebration.
Left to right: Crittenton Champion, Kathy Zachem; 2019 Leadership Award Honoree, Joan Marsh from AT&T; and Crittenton Alumna, Ebony Nicholson
Alejandra Castillo, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA
Introduced by Alumnae Kimberly Gomez
Joan Marsh, EVP & Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer, AT&T
Introduced by Alumnae Ebony Nicholson and 2018 Leadership Honoree Kathy Zachem
Tracie Jenkins, Executive Director, Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
Introduced by Alumnae Jonnetta Dingle
"Crittenton Girls are working hard every day to fight for their bright future. They persevere despite life’s challenges by setting goals and striving to achieve them. They believe in themselves. It is important that these girls know that we believe in them too. That we see their commitment and determination and that we are dedicated to supporting them as well as this wonderful organization. These extraordinary girls and young women are counting on us. Please invest today in their bright future.”
-Joan Marsh, AT&T, 2019 Leadership Award Honoree
“Many of the things that I learned from my time at Crittenton are things I still value today - nearly four years after graduating from high school. Be proud of who I am. Set, plan for, and reach my goals. And don’t let others define you – define yourself!"
- Jonnetta Dingle Alumna of Crittenton's SNEAKERS program (2015)
Thank you to all that made our 131st Anniversary Celebration a success!
Crittenton programs would not be possible without the generous support of DOH and DHHS.