June 5, 2017
Third Time’s a Charm: Annual WFYF Golf Invitational Triumphs
Shaza Andersen, founder of WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation, and Mark Rypien, Honorary Chairman, officiated the 3rd Annual WFYF Golf Invitational held at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia. Benefitting Inova Children’s Hospital and their Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program, as well as the Rypien Fountation, the event proved an overwhelming success.
“We were thrilled to host our third benefit for Inova Children’s Hematology/Oncology program and also support the Rypien Foundation,” stated Shaza Andersen. “This year we had many successes, but the most important success is the support our players, sponsors, and guests provided to the children and families of these inspirational programs.”
This year’s Golf Invitational was the first year golfers finished a full 18 holes without a weather cancellation. Although it rained, it did little to dampen the spirits of participants and players who decided to continue through. Following the round, players and guests had an enjoyable time at the cocktail reception, dinner, and evening program.
Mark Rypien served with distinction as the Honorary Chairman, providing inspirational remarks about his experience as a parent of a young child suffering and ultimately succumbing to cancer. In the midst of his grief, Mark demonstrated a supernatural grace that honors the memory of his son. That grace was transformed into the Rypien Foundation that supports cancer children and their families through the difficult and discouraging process of cancer treatment and life.
May 23, 2016
Second Golf Invitational Rainy But Successful
WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation hosted it’s 2016 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 180 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, “The support received for this year’s event has been wonderful. Golfers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers contributed their resources and time to benefit the most vulnerable of children, those with cancer. I am humbled and appreciative of everyone’s generosity.”
David Ascher, MD, Chairman of Inova Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Carly Varela, Inova Pediatric Hematology/Oncology specialist, shared remarks about ongoing developments in cancer treatment specific to hematology/oncology and Inova’s work to incorporate genetic research to provide better results.
Dr. Ascher stated, “WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation’s continued support for pediatric cancer care is invaluable and appreciated. Having local support for local children in need provides more effective treatment and support for children and their families.”
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June 1, 2015
WFYF Inaugural Golf Invitational a Success!
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.
March 24, 2010
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
August 1, 2008