Ready, Willing, and Working, a DC-based non-profit dedicated to removing homeless recidivism and finding gainful employment for the metro area’s homeless population, held its signature event “Magic and Miracles” at the Ritz Carlton.
This was the fourth annual event of its kind, honoring RWW’s most successful stories and also serving as a fundraiser for the organization. The evening was kicked off with a festive reception and silent auction, including donated items like a tux rental and holiday activities like a cupcake decorating class. A seated formal dinner followed in the ballroom.
Keeping the program entertaining was a hired magician, Aedryan Methyus, to lighten the mood of the event. The magician engaged the audience by selecting members to participate on stage in some mind reading, keeping with the theme of magic and miracles.
Participants in RWW’s program were honored much like a graduation ceremony, walking across the stage as their names were read. They also received a handmade Christmas wreath, symbolizing the gifts of the season and serving as a reminder to those who had once been homeless that they now had the ownership of a door on which to hang the wreath.
The event attracted a number of Washington VIPs, including DC Councilmember at Large Michael Brown, Ward 6 DC Councilmember Tommy Wells, and DC Department of Human Services Director David Berns.
The program, emceed by radio personality Kojo Nnamdi, honored Nancy Squires of the Nancy Squires Group for her continued dedication to RWW through financial and volunteer support. A touching video tribute informed guests of her tireless work, and encouraged donations for continued success for RWW.