|Present at the gift announcement are (seated, from l) Kenneth Touloumes, president of AFCEA, Bethesda Chapter, and Dr. Lauren Wood, chair of the Children’s Inn board of directors. At rear are (from l) Robert Guerra, chairman of the Children’s Inn gala “A Night for the Children” event hosted by AFCEA, Bethesda Chapter, Madelen Hernandez-Garcia, 4, an inn resident, and Kathy Russell, CEO of the inn.
The AFCEA, Bethesda Chapter (Armed Forces, Communications and Electronics
Association) has announced a gift that will support the inn’s mission for decades to come.
On May 19, leaders of the chapter met at the inn to officially dedicate the AFCEA Bethesda Endowment for The Inn, which includes an initial $450,000 contribution.
“AFCEA, Bethesda Chapter is creating a living legacy of giving not only to the inn,” said Kathy L. Russell, chief executive
officer of the inn, “but to biomedical
research and the treatment of pediatric
In thanking the group, Dr. Lauren Wood, chair of the Children’s Inn board of directors, applauded their efforts in caring for the inn’s long-term needs. “It takes a level of leadership and courage to commit to the inn’s future,” she said. “This is an inheritance
for our children.”
The endowment was created to honor the 10th anniversary of AFCEA Bethesda
Chapter’s annual gala that has raised more than $2 million for the inn since 1998. In years to come, proceeds from the annual fundraiser will be directed to the endowment, said Kenneth Touloumes, president of the group.
“We want to make sure that the inn’s vital services and programs to seriously ill children and families continue well into the future,” said Touloumes, president of the Touloumes Group, based in Potomac.