RECAP: Washington DC Fundraising Event December 5, 2015 by Kim The OMID Foundation DC Leadership group held a very successful fundraising event on Sunday, October 25th, 2015. Approximately 500 guests eagerly accepted our invitation to hear Marjaneh Halati, Founder of OMID, talk about OMID’s history, as well as specific successful programs underway to empower OMID’s young women. The event program also featured music, food, live and silent auctions and a raffle. The guests immensely enjoyed the beautiful voice of Darya Dadvar, the international soprano singer, who performed many memorable songs in Farsi, English, and French. We had the honor of having the Council Member Craig Rice from Montgomery County Government to help raise money during the live auction. With the help of generous donors, we raised over $100,000. Guests also enjoyed delicious food donated by Kadbanoo Catering, Cameron’s Seafood Market, and Classic Bakery. We are grateful for many artists and businesses who donated items for the auction and raffle prizes. The donations we received from these businesses helped us to keep the cost of our event to about 16%. In total, the DC Leadership group raised $137,000 in 2015. These funds were transferred to OMID Foundation in Tehran to continue to empower our girls. This successful event was only possible by tireless efforts and extreme dedication of our Committee Members, OMID Ambassadors and volunteers under the leadership of Gohar Farahani and Farzaneh Javid. We would like to thank the following participants: Nahid Akhyani, Mojgan Amirniroumand, Haleh Arabzadeh, Siamak Aram, Sedi Bahramian, Behtash Banihashemi, Saghar Barzmehri, Mina Bathai, Soheila Biria, Ali Davoodi, Delya Delavari, Maryam Denbaly, Haydeh Eradat, Homa Eradat, Narges Ershad, Golnar Ershad, Najmeh Farahani, Banafshe Fatoorechi, Bahram Fekrat, Mitra Firouz, Mehran Firouz, Horieh Ghafar, Amir Golalipour, Azita Halary, Mozafar Hameedi, Hooman Hamidi, Saba Hamidi, Yasi Hosseini, Johnny Irannejad, Marjan Irannejad, Salman Izadjoo, Bijan Jafari, Negin Jafari, Soulmaz Jahanbin, Aria Jalalian, Arastou Javid, Mona Javid, Ali Joroubchi, Sarvazand Katouzian, Farrokh Khatami, Tina Khorsandi, Mitra Manzari, Shervin Manzari, Sasha Margob, Kourosh Mehr, Bahar Memarzadeh, Fahimeh Mokri, Ariana Motazed, Zahra Nabavi, Tami Nikakhtar, Sara Nouhi, Naghmeh Nourozi, Hamid Omidvar, Ava Omidvar, Kia Omidvar, Kamran Partovi, Madeline Paulson, Somaye Rashidi, Marjaneh Roshankar, Hirbod Sajjadi, Hiva Sajjadi, Dori Salam, Parisa Saremi, Bahareh Sarrami, Anahita Sarshar, Mitra Sepehri, Matin Shahidi, Nima Shahidinia, Nima Shamsa, Rouzbeh Shirvani, Delaram Tassbihi, Sina Torfi, Hirad Yaldaei, Mitra Yousefi, Farzaneh Zavaree and Shirin Zohadi.