The NFTE “Dare to Dream” Gala was a home run last night!  Held at the Marriott Wardman Park, we must have had nearly 500 people in attendance.  In these down economic times, that’s a great turn-out.

I served as one of the Vice-Chairs for the Gala.  It was not easy asking people to purchase tickets and tables — and we had to adjust the ticket prices — but fortunately the community came together to support this outstanding organization.

Mark Ein was the very deserving honoree this year.   He received many plaudits, particularly from a couple of the esteemed guests, including Senator Mark Warner and Mayor Fenty — as well as from our Chair of the Gala, Don Peebles (who also is a great entrepreneur and philanthropist).

As always, the students were the stars of the shows.   The composure and grace they had on the stage while giving their speeches was truly remarkable.  Our table of 12 guests was blown away by the students.

NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) is a terrific organization — I’m proud to be associated with them.   Thank you to our many friends in the community for your terrific support of NFTE and the Gala.