Food & Friend Honoring Our Heroes Gala

June 13, 2022 @ 6:15 PM – 10:15 PM
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
DC 20001

Food & Friends is proud to host a jubilant tribute to the healthcare, social services, and restaurant professionals who kept our community safe during a global health crisis.

Honoring Our Heroes will take place at the Marriott Marquis on Monday, June 13, 2022, with a cocktail reception at 6:15 p.m. and a dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. The event will bring together hundreds of leaders, volunteers, supporters, and community champions to recognize the extraordinary contributions of eight frontline changemakers who worked tirelessly to serve our community as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

Event tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be found at

The event will raise essential operating funds to support the continuing work of Food & Friends, which provides home-delivered medically tailored meals and nutrition therapy to adults, children and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

“Honoring Our Heroes is a celebration of the resilience, creativity, and determination of frontline workers over the past two years—the staff and volunteers of Food & Friends, and others who provided food, healthcare, and education.” said Carrie Stoltzfus, executive director of Food & Friends. “We are honoring leaders who selflessly transformed the darkest moments of the pandemic into opportunities to sow compassion. We have designed a celebration worthy of this triumphant moment, and the historically incredible people who got us here. Each honoree represents the core values of Food & Friends and exemplifies our mission to improve the lives and health of those around us. After more than two years of challenge and distance, Honoring Our Heroes is the event we’ve all been waiting for.”

The evening will honor:

  • Chief Oluwafunmike Omasere, Battalion Chief DC Fire and EMS
  • Chef Teresa Padilla and Geraldine Mendoza, Co-Founders of Taqueria Xochi
  • Dominique Foster, 2022 D.C. Teacher of the Year, and Community Organizer at Friendship Public Charter School
  • Alvin Chen and Jeffrey Naber, Core Volunteers at Food & Friends
  • Reba Miller, BSN, RN, JD, SCRN, ICU Nurse at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
  • Dr. Bruno Petinaux, Chief Medical Officer at George Washington University Hospital

In unique ways, each of these leaders embodies the spirit of Food & Friends’ commitment to providing life-sustaining nourishment to our neighbors in need. As individuals, they touched the lives and elevated the spirits of community members across the region. Together, they offer an expansive vision of what it means to serve others.

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