Join us for a night of celebration

For 16 years, AFCEA Bethesda has supported charitable giving, including raising more than $6 million for charities benefiting the health, welfare, and education of children.

The successful history of our A Night for the Children Gala and the generosity of the government contracting community enabled AFCEA Bethesda to help our receiving charities achieve significantly strong financial foundations. As we look to broaden our impact on the greater Washington DC community, this year’s gala is expanding its scope to benefit three charities — House of Ruth, the Hope for Henry Foundation and Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.

These three charities embody the broader values, mission and goals that agencies like the Department of Justice, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and our Armed Forces support through dedicated programs for children and families in need.

We hope you will join us for an elegant evening featuring dinner, dancing, live and silent auction items, and three post dinner lounges with your colleagues from government and industry.

Support the Event

Now is your chance to purchase a table at this unique event. Please contact us at for details.


Application for the AFCEA Bethesda Chapter Scholarship
Sponsored by the Linda K. Berdine Foundation

The AFCEA Bethesda Gala Scholarship was founded to provide The House of Ruth children with college scholarships. The Linda K. Berdine Foundation has agreed to sponsor the initial scholarship for 2015, to be awarded at the annual Gala. For more information, click here.

2015 Gala Chairs

Dave McClure     Constance Sayers

“For years, this event has demonstrated the power of the Federal IT community to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us."

– Dave McClure


Meet the Charities

House of Ruth  Hope for Henry Foundation  Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund 

House of Ruth is an organization that works with over 1,000 individuals a year, including 400 children whose ages range from six weeks to 18 years old. Through federal funds and private contributions, more than 250 children are sheltered at the House of Ruth as they recover from homelessness and abuse. 

Hope for Henry Foundation improves the lives of children with cancer and other serious illnesses by providing carefully chosen gifts and specially-designed programs to entertain and promote comfort, care and recovery. HFH brings smiles and laughter, hope and magic into the lives of these children and their families.

Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a non-profit organization that was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing college grants and financial assistance to the surviving children and spouses of U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.