Women’s Leadership Group


The Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) was established in 1999 with the goal of creating an annual fundraiser to provide significant financial support for our at-risk youth.  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 date the group has netted over $5.2 million!  Funds have helped to provide critical support to the ICON performing and visual arts program, as well as, education initiatives and scholarships.

“Fearless Girls To Fearless Women” (FGTFW)

The WLG has expanded its focus to include “Fearless Girls” (FG), an initiative based on Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s SMART Moves (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training).  This evidence-based curriculum focuses on health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement for girls ages 8 to 17.  In addition, FG provides our girls with opportunities to explore potential career options, interact with successful women and participate in confidence building activities.

The FGTFW Gala!

In keeping with this theme, FGTFW will honor two women who have demonstrated a commitment to our youth locally and nationally.  We expect nearly 400 guests to help make this annual gala 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 Gala will support the “Fearless Girls” initiative, as well as, 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 7, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm Cocktails, Dinner followed by Live Auction & Awards Presentation
  • Honorees:
    Patty Perkins Andringa, WLG Founder & Chairman and Former BGCGW Board Chairman
    Manuela Testolini, Founder & President, In a Perfect World
  • Dancing
  • Cocktail Attire

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

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

WLG Committee
Founder & Chairman
Patty Perkins Andringa*
2016 Benefit Chairman
Debby Wynne Kelly

Steering Committee
Maria Ferris*
Elaine Weinstein Forman
Teri Galvez*
Kathyrn Jones Hanley*
Barbara Brown Hawthorn*
J.C. Hayward*
Stephanie Kenyon*
Mimi Lawless
Marcia Lund
Sue Nunnally
Deborah Pine

* Indicates Past Chairman

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