2015 WFYF Golf Invitational a Success!

Reston, VA, June 1, 2015 – WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation hosted it’s 2015 Golf Invitational to benefit Inova Children’s Hospital, specifically the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program. The event took place at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia, where over 170 participants and guests contributed to the Inova Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program.

Shaza Andersen, Founder of the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation and CEO of WashingtonFirst Bank, stated, “I am so proud of those who supported this cause. They are supporting local children with life-threatening diseases who are among the most vulnerable. Their generosity, both tangible and intangible, enabled us to provide needed support to the Inova Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program.”

Bill Reilly of Champion Title and Settlements served as Chair for the event and master of ceremonies. Knox Singleton, CEO of INOVA Health System, shared remarks about recently announced plans for Inova’s center for genomics and personalized medicine and the potential for cures.

Mr. Singleton stated, “We are so thankful to WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation for holding this event in support of our work with pediatric cancer care. Efforts like this are invaluable in helping us provide effective treatment and support for children and their families.”

Plans are in the works for next year’s Golf Invitational, scheduled for May 23, 2016, at Westwood Country Club, Vienna, VA.

About Us – WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation

WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation (a non-profit entity) was founded on the premise of and the desire to improve the lives of children throughout the Washington DC Metro Area, Northern Virginia and Maryland.


At WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation our mission is to ensure that children, regardless of race, ethnic background, religion or upbringing, to have a chance to fulfill his or her dreams for the future.


Michael M. Amin

Shaza Andersen

Marc Andersen

George Connors



Puttin on the Ritz

Small But Mighty WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation presents a $100,000 check – “Puttin on the Ritz” gala a success!

 On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation presented a $100,000 check to Youth For Tomorrow.

 The funds were raised Saturday, March 13th, at WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz” Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.   This was the first fundraising gala for WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation, founded in 2008 by Shaza Andersen.  The event was attended by 400 Washington area residents and members of the business community.  The amount of this check was kept a surprise from Youth For Tomorrow and nearly doubled the goal that had been set for the event.

Youth For Tomorrow was founded by Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs in 1986 and has been led by CEO, Dr. Gary L. Jones, for the past 14 years.  Their mission is to give hope and opportunity to at-risk youth who have been abandoned, abused, or otherwise alienated from their homes and communities by providing them a safe, healthy, and compassionate residential rehabilitation program.

WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation is grateful to all of the gala attendees, sponsors, donors, and volunteers who helped make this $100,000 contribution to such a great organization possible.

 Pictured: Cathy Federico, WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation Committee; Shaza Andersen, CEO of WashingtonFirst Bank and Founder of WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation; Dr. Gary L. Jones, CEO of Youth For Tomorrow; Amy Hibbits, WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation Committee; Camille Battaglia, WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation Committee; Love Jones, Director of Special Events for Youth For Tomorrow

 “Puttin On The Ritz” Photos: WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation Gala – Link 


For More information, Visit:
WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation: www.wfyf.org
Youth For Tomorrow: www.youthfortomorrow.org

WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation
11636 Plaza America Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Phone:  (877) WSH – FRST
Email:   info@wfyf.org
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