Monday, February 22, 2016

On March 5, The Barker Adoption Foundation celebrates its 70th anniversary with a grand gala featuring prestigious guest speakers, fantastic silent auction items, live music and a stunning setting—not to mention dinner and drinks.

Many people feel numbers tell a cold, factual story with little excitement. But who can argue the deep emotion elicited by these numbers, especially for those of us so intimately affected by them. 

  • Nearly 7,500 children placed in loving, permanent homes, creating forever families since 1945
  • More than 7,000 birth mothers counseled
  • Approximately 35,000 inquiries answered from prospective adoptive parents
  • 70 years of counseling, serving and connecting adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents, foster children and others in the adoption community—even outside of Barker families.
  • And the potential to raise half a million dollars or more in one fantastic evening thanks to a generous matching gift for every cent spent on tickets, sponsorships, auction items and donations. 

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If those dramatic numbers alone don’t move you to attend or support this jubilant and important event, there’s more.

Do historic architecture and priceless art appeal to you? The National Museum of Women in the Arts offers both in one remarkable venue. The turn-of-the-century Renaissance Revival building originally served as a Masonic Temple and was bought to house the museum’s extensive collections in 1983.  Start the evening strolling the third floor galleries with a glass of wine, while engaging in lively bidding competitions for that idyllic getaway, spectacular seats to the big game, meal-to-remember, or one-of-a-kind artwork (Click to view the full list of more than 100 unique silent auction items). Enjoy the sounds of a classical violin ensemble (coached by a Barker Dad) as you sip and bid. Then, move into the Grand Hall for an elegant dinner. 

As you enjoy your meal, a familiar voice wafts through the two-story hall. Steve Inskeep—host of NPR’s Morning Edition and a Barker Dad—acts as master of ceremonies for the evening’s program. You’ll also enjoy Barker’s executive director, Marilyn Regier, as she talks about Barker’s rich history, including 70 years spent serving all points of the adoption family triangle. 

“I am honored to share my experiences as a Korean American adoptee with the audience at the Gala,” says guest speaker Caleb Brenner, age 15. “Barker holds a special place for me, as it has helped to form my family." Caleb, along with other adoptees, share their stories with us. The poignant evening comes to a close with a video presentation of our Barker babies through the years. 

Another number that should inspire you—more than half of the 350 available tickets for the event are already sold! If you want to join the festivities and be a part of the incredible matching gift opportunity, buy your tickets soon. With the RSVP deadline quickly approaching, you will need to reserve your tickets online, right here

Details for the gala:

  • Date:    Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 6:30 to 10:30 pm
  • What:   Cocktails / Silent Auction / Seated Dinner 
  • Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
  • Transportation: Parking in PMI Garage at 1212 H Street, NW for $10 or, if you’re new to Uber, try it out your first ride for free with our special code: uberBarker70ue (note: this code is the updated, correct code from the one printed in the Spring 2016 newsletter.)  

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Questions: email Courtney DeLucia at cdelucia [at] or call her at 301-664-9664.

We look forward to seeing our extended Barker family on March 5!

Shelley D. Hutchins, Barker parent, Gala Planning Committee Member