Save the Date!

Thursday, November 14, 2024

Union Station | Washington, DC

White Hat Gala

    A gala to celebrate the future of children's health

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    This signature fundraiser brings together local business leaders, partners and friends to network and raise critical support for Children’s National Hospital.
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    Your support funds exceptional pediatric care and research that leads to new treatments and cures. U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s National the nation’s No. 5 children’s hospital.
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    Union Station, Washington, DC
    Gala attendees participating in auction


    Become a sponsor of White Hat Gala 2024 to support Children’s National!

    Event Details

    The White Hat Gala, hosted by experts in cybersecurity, technology and AI, supports Children’s National Hospital. This signature event unites innovators and philanthropists to advance pediatric healthcare. It also attracts leaders from finance, legal and federal government sectors. The event has raised more than $3.7 million for Children’s National patients and families since 2013.
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    Date & Time

    Thursday, November 14, 2024


    Union Station in Washington, DC

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    Event Schedule
    6:30pm Networking Reception with Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres
    7:30pm - 9:30pm Dinner and Program with Keynote Speaker (to be announced)
    9:30pm - 11pm
    Dessert Reception with Networking and Live Entertainment


    Thank you White Hat Gala 2024 Leadership Committee for your dedication to children’s health and service to our community. To learn more about 2024 committee opportunities, please contact Melanie McCarty.

    Gala Chair

    • John Martinez, Maximus


    • Nate Lesser, Children’s National Hospital
    • Joe Schramm, BigPanda

    Leadership Committee

    • Joanna Baltes, Exelon
    • Andrew Blair, Blair Advisory
    • Phil D’Angio, Delinea
    • Rick Hannah, Presidio
    • Paul Innella, TDI
    • Jacy Kent, World Wide Technology
    • Brian Morrison, General Dynamic Mission Systems and Mary-Leigh Morrison
    • Rob Nichols, American Bankers Association
    • Jayesh Panchal, UCLA
    • Monica Patel, Children's National Hospital
    • Sunita Patel, Micron
    • Mark Schamel, Venable, LLP
    • Dave Trout, Secure IT
    • Aaron Wajsgras, RTX
    • Eric Wenger, Cisco
    • Jen Zucker, Greenberg Traurig 
    Become a sponsor

    Sponsor Opportunties

    There are many ways to support the White Hat Gala – the most impactful way is to sponsor the event.  To learn more about 2024 opportunities and benefits, please contact Samantha Frankel (Senior Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships).

    PREMIER SPONSOR | $150,000 (1 Opportunity Available)

    DIAMOND SPONSOR | $75,000

    BOND SPONSOR | $50,000

    SKYFALL SPONSOR | $25,000



    QUANTUM SPONSOR | $5,000

    Download the full sponsorship overview

    Become a Sponsor

    Purchase your sponsorship level. You can make this payment online by clicking the link below or downloading the Sponsor Commitment Form to complete and mail.

    Our 2023 Sponsors

    Thank you to our White Hat Gala 2023 Sponsors*!

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      Cisco logo
      Intelsat logo
      Presidio logo
      Research Innovations logo
      Secure IT logo
      TDI logo

        *as of Thursday, October 23, 2023


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        Attendees raising the paddle

        Attendees raising the auction paddle

        Brian McAllister celebrating his birthday

        Brian McAllister celebrating his birthday

        Brian McAllister with his mom dad little sister and Dr Hwang

        Brian McAllister with his mom dad little sister and Dr Hwang

        Co-Chairs Anne and Nate Lesser

        Co-Chairs Anne and Nate Lesser

        John Martinez and MC Chad

        John Martinez and MC Chad

        John Martinez and Michelle Riley-Brown

        John Martinez and Michelle Riley-Brown

        Michelle Riley-Brown

        Michelle Riley-Brown

        Nate Lesser

        Nate Lesser