Benefit of Chocolate
We enjoyed hosting over 100 guests on Thursday, March 28th at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD for our annual Benefit of Chocolate. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, delightful chocolate treats, wine tastings and a beautiful four string quartet from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. Our evening was hosted by Nicole Jacobs of NBC 4 News and Peggy Fox of WUSA 9. Speakers included our Board of Directors Chairperson, Joanne Addas, Stroke Comeback member, Geri O’Connell, and our Founder and Executive Director, Darlene Williamson. The highlight of the evening was our exciting live auction which raised over $6,500 for the Center. The evening concluded with a fun and frenzied cake decorating competition with a number of area rehabilitation teams as our competitors. A special thanks to our event sponsors who made this incredible evening possible: Double Wood Farm ● Koches Family Foundation ● The Vincent Family ● Joanne Addas ● Susan Crown ● Ray McGraw & Julie Griscom ● Richard & Cindy Chambers ● AMR Commercial, LLC ● John C. Beyer ● Joyce Bolton ● Karen Degerberg ● EagleBank ● The Manders Family ● Joyce McCarty ● The Monitor Group, LLC ● Red Coats, Inc.
Annual Holiday Party
On Sunday, December 2nd over 100 SCC members, family, staff, volunteers and friends joined for an afternoon of fun at our Annual Holiday party. We enjoyed a potluck dinner, music by King Street Bluegrass, and door prizes–but mostly we enjoyed being together.
Mind Matters Luncheon
On October 26, 2018 over 125 friends and supporters of the Stroke Comeback Center came together at the Hyatt Regency Dulles to enjoy an afternoon with Dr. Kathleen Howland, Ph.D. This nationally renowned lecturer gave a thought provoking presentation on music and the brain, illustrating how music serves as both a human necessity and a tool for wellness. Local stroke choir Different Strokes for Different Folks, led by Tom Sweitzer of Middleburg’s A Place to Be, where music meets therapy, gave a rousing and truly unforgettable performance. Special thanks to our event sponsors: MedStar NRH, Genentech, Tell Me Town Foundation and choir sponsors: the Wheeler Family Foundation and Inova Loudoun Hospital.
SCC Family Reunion Picnic 2018
Over 65 Comeback Center members, family and friends gathered at Lake Fairfax Park on Saturday September 29th. We had a gorgeous day filled with delicious food and lots of laughter. Members from both Vienna and Rockville Centers joined in the fun.
Benefit of Chocolate
This year’s gala fundraiser, the Benefit of Chocolate, was an entertaining and memorable evening for all. On June 7th, over 150 guests from the surrounding communities joined us at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, VA to enjoy delicious chocolate and wine pairings, experience some old fashioned magic with Eric Henning and live jazz by a George Mason University trio. Local chocolatiers from Artisan Confections, Cocoa Vienna, the Capital Candy Jar and Chouquette donated their time and delicious treats, while Ethel M Chocolates also donated chocolate for a beautiful and delicious display. Guests that evening also enjoyed an exciting silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Center, so we may continue to fulfill our mission in providing personally meaningful programs within a supportive and peer-driven environment that is affordable for all stroke and brain trauma survivors. Please scroll through photos of our event below.
SCC Rockville Grand Opening
On April 26th, over 150 of the Center’s members, families and friends, in addition to community businesses and dignitaries joined us in our new Rockville location for our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. We had the opportunity to show off the Center and share the role we will play as part of the Montgomery County community. Speakers included Rockville’s Mayor Newton, Dr. Howard Haft (Deputy Secretary for Public Health at Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Robyn Moore (CEO of the National Stroke Association), Mitch Stengel (SCC Member) and our Board Chair, Eric Robinson. Everyone enjoyed food, drinks and seeing our new space…but mostly we enjoyed being together and celebrating this dream that has become a reality! Please scroll through our photos of the event.
Stroke Comeback Day at Nats Park!
Seventy-five SCC members and friends enjoyed a day out at the park on April 28th to watch the Nationals battle the Diamondbacks. Despite the extra inning loss, a good time was had by all!
Mind Matters Annual Luncheon
On November 3, 2017 over 80 friends of the Stroke Comeback Center came together at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center to enjoy an afternoon with Dr. Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph.D. This Harvard and Johns Hopkins trained neurologist gave a wonderful presentation on memory, aging, and increasing brain vitality. After the seated luncheon, he greeted guests and signed books from his most recent publication: Boost Your Brain: The New Art and Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance.
10th Annual Kalikie Classic
On September 13, 2017 over 60 golfers came together for a fun-filled day at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club in Leesburg, VA. The 10th Annual Kalikie Classic was a wonderful event, raising over $25,000 for the Center. In addition to an exciting day of golf, participants also enjoyed a catered luncheon and a celebration honoring “Kalikie” herself, Christie Arnold. Christie, a stroke survivor, SCC member and volunteer has worked tirelessly, with the help of the Kalikie Founding Fathers to make this event a success year after year.