2015 Fair Chance Butterfly Bash

Photo credit: Fair Chance

A favorite event every year, the Fair Chance Butterfly Bash brings together Washingtonians of every background to celebrate non-profit organizations that are giving underprivileged youth a “fair chance” at succeeding.

Each year Fair Chance selects promising youth-serving nonprofits through a rigorous vetting process. Once selected, they work with each partner to build a clear strategy, set priorities, and identify how to measure and increase their impact. Through weekly eight-hour coaching sessions, Fair Chance works with each nonprofit’s leadership to develop a detailed work plan that prioritizes objectives and responsibilities within each of Fair Chance’s eight core service areas.

This year’s Butterfly Bash was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a departure from its usual setting at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. NMWA’s two-story interior allowed guests of the largely-attended gala to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment, including a live band, photo booth, silent auction, and multiple open bars and passed hors d’eouvres and canapé stations.

This year’s event was chaired by Anne Mahlum and Mandy Mills. The Butterfly Bash raised over $450,000 through sponsors, auction items, and personal commitments.

Fair Chance strengthens the sustainability and performance of community-based nonprofits to achieve life-changing results for children and youth living in poverty. Their partnership model – up to 350 hours per nonprofit – results in stronger organizations and significant and lasting benefits for the children they serve. Fair Chance provides transformative services at no cost because the partnering nonprofits are critical to their communities and could not otherwise afford it.


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