Alumni Holiday Party Raises Money for Civic Engagement Scholars Program

Alumni Holiday Party Raises Money for Civic Engagement Scholars Program

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Christian Holm
December 08, 2014

Nothing says “The Holidays” like good food, friends and shiny technology toys everywhere. That’s exactly what The Washington Center’s alumni got at the 2014 Alumni Holiday Party at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center on Dec. 4.


More than 100 alumni and guests rang in the season of giving, travelling from as near as K Street and as far as New Hampshire. 2014 marked the second year Microsoft hosted the annual TWC gathering and again was a hit with the tech-savvy guests. A strong and long-standing TWC partner, Microsoft supports numerous programs through in-kind donations and sees tremendous value in TWC’s commitment to civic engagement.


“Volunteering and becoming involved is important on a personal level, because it drives you to find success and make things better for everyone,” said Todd Payne, the business and operations manager for Microsoft’s U.S. government affairs division. “It’s also critical we get more young people involved in civic affairs; they’ll be solving the problems in our future.”


The Alumni Holiday Party’s admission and raffle tickets benefit TWC’s Civic Engagement Scholars program, which supports students who have dedicated time and effort find solutions to social problems in their communities. Five current TWC interns presented the results of three fall 2014 civic engagement and advocacy projects to alumni during the event. Alumni also had a chance to test out some Microsoft gadgets, including Surface tablets, touch-screen TVs, and an XBox One and Kinect. Spirits throughout the Innovation & Policy Center ran high as alumni enjoyed catching up with one another.


“The only thing better than great food and a great holiday party is reconnecting with great friends, all for the benefit of TWC students,” said Max Gigle ’08, the 2014 Young Alumni Award Winner and communications director for U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA).


TWC thanks the many organizations who sponsored the 2014 Alumni Holiday Party and raffle, including: Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Verizon Wireless, Barrel Oak Winery, ThinkFoodGroup, Paradise Springs Winery, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Old Ebbitt Grill/Clyde’s, Potomac Riverboat Company, &Pizza, The Fillmore, Washington Capitals, Burger Tap & Shake, Cava Grill, Madame Tussauds and Flying Dog Brewery.


Click here to view photos from the Alumni Holiday Party

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