It was the kind of day that would have made Willie Hughes smile from ear to ear. The weather was perfect for the more than 800 attendees as they participated in sporting and family-friendly activities across the welcoming campus of Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Maryland. The guests enjoyed food hot off the bbq and grilled to perfection by Mater Dei’s President, Ned Williams, and Headmaster Billy McMurtrie, and were entertained by live musical performances including Georgetown’s acapella singing group, Sean Gaiser , Mommy’s Little Helper, and Mater Dei’s own 8th grade band, Long Lost Cousins.
NBC4′ s Chief Meteorologist, Doug Kammerer, and On-Air Emily from IHeart Radio’s Hot 99.5 rallied the crowd as emcees and reminded the crowd why it is so important to support the work for pediatric oncology at Children’s National. Dr. Kurt Newman, CEO of Children’s National and Kathy Gorman, COO of Children’s National, joined the fun by participating in the Crack Cancer Challenge on stage with opening emcee, Laura Evans .
Check out all the photos and thank you to all who supported the inaugural event celebrating the life and light of Willie Hughes and continuing his fight to find treatments for pediatric glioblastoma and other aggressive pediatric brain tumors through research, clinical trials and other new therapies at Children’s National Medical Center.