Women’s Leadership Group

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s (BGCGW) Women’s Leadership Group (WLG)

The WLG was established in 1999 with the goal of creating an annual fundraiser to provide significant financial support for our at-risk youth.   To date our annual fundraiser has netted over $5.5M in support of BGCGW and its programs helping to enhance educational initiatives, scholarship opportunities and cultural arts exposure. The WLG will continue to fund these much needed areas including our Artmobile, the multidisciplinary arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programs.  We also recognize the importance of expanding our focus which is to make a positive difference in the lives of our 15,000 youth in our 12 sites throughout the greater Washington area.  For example, Fearless Girls, an initiative based on Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s SMART Moves (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training) is a strong addition to our portfolio.  This evidence-based curriculum focuses on health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement for girls ages 8 to 17.

The WLG continues to grow as a dynamic force of influential women in the greater Washington community, giving generously of their time, talents and resources to help improve the lives of our area youth.  To become a member or to learn more, please contact Terri Johnson, tjohnson@bgcgw.org.  Let’s change lives together!

Our Annual Benefit!

We expect nearly 400 guests to help make this annual event a night to remember.  The evening begins with cocktails and will take on a more festive feel with the inclusion of dancing following our dinner, live auction and program.  Funds raised from the Benefit will enable more kids to have access to a safe place to learn and grow, mentoring by caring adult professionals, academic enrichment, arts training and healthy life skills.

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm Cocktails, Dinner followed by Live Auction & Awards Presentation
  • Honoree:  Barbara Brown Hawthorn, President and CEO of Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, Ltd.
  • Entertainment by Joe Coleman, former lead singer of The Platters
  • Dancing
  • Cocktail Attire

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To learn more about becoming a sponsor or to purchase tickets please click here FWA Event Package.

To view photos from our 2017 event, please click here WeRFearless.net.

Fearless Woman Award (FWA) Honoree

01a-Barbara-Hawthorn-251x300[1]We are pleased to announce our 2018 Fearless Woman Awardee, Barbara Brown Hawthorn.  As President and CEO of Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, Ltd., Barbara has created and directed award-winning residential and commercial projects throughout the United States for over 25 years.  Named as one of the DC area’s best in numerous publications, her firm’s innovative designs have been featured on Home & Garden Television (HGTV) and in national and regional newspapers, magazines, and designer show houses.

Dedicated to advancing educational opportunities for children, Barbara serves on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Group for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, where she chaired both 2010 and 2011 galas. She was the 2010 and 2011 Chair of the Host Committee for the Heart of America Foundation’s gala, which focuses on children’s literacy and community service. She serves on the board of Good Weave International, dedicated to eliminating international child labor and providing educational opportunities. The Phillips Collection Museum has designated Barbara one of their “Ambassadors,” and she serves on the Board of the McLean Project for the Arts.

Steering Committee


Founder & Chairman                       
Patty Perkins Andringa*

2018 Benefit Chairman
Elaine Weinstein Forman

Maria Ferris*
Kathyrn Jones Hanley*
Barbara Brown Hawthorn*
Lori Jenkins
Debby Wynne Kelly*
Stephanie Kenyon*
Marcia Lund
Sue Nunnally
Deborah Pine
Kisha Wilson-Sogunro

* Indicates Past Chairman

For more information please contact Terri Johnson, tjohnson@bgcgw.org or 202.540.2323.




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