Continuing the tradition of HAND’s Annual Meeting, we welcomed HAND members and friends to the 32nd Annual HAND Honors for an evening of inspiration, connection and celebration. Recognizing the need for our members to have ample networking and relationship building opportunities, the new format of our annual fundraiser prioritized the time and space needed to cultivate partnerships and celebrate the accomplishments of affordable housing
The theme of this year’s event was We See You. We see the great obstacles that our communities face from day to day in the midst of unprecedented housing affordability and inventory challenges. We also see the work you are doing to build first-class homes that are affordable to our neighbors, the attention you put into your resident services programming and the impact of creating space for residents to thrive. Most of all, we see the incredible opportunities in front of us to work together towards a more equitable region.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 HAND HOUSING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS
Best Large Affordable Housing Project
The Arden, Wesley Housing
Best Small Affordable Housing Project
The Robeson, Victory Housing
Developer of the Year
Housing Initiative Partnership
Racial Equity In Action
THANK YOU TO OUR HOUSING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS JUDGES
Baltimore City DHCD
Margaret McFarland, J.D.
Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development
Housing Opportunities Commission
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GENERATIONHAND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Graduating high school seniors Destin Marshall (Housing Up resident) & Toromo Funsho (AHC resident services participant) are the 2023 GenerationHAND Scholarship recipients! Our $10,000 scholarship recognizes the most outstanding college-bound students across the Capital Region. Destin and Toromo were acknowledged for demonstrating leadership, drive and a commitment to using their talents to serve our communities.
Launched this spring, the GenerationHAND scholarship program supports talented and driven students residing in HAND member properties. By supporting this program, you not only make a significant difference in the scholars’ lives, but also help shape the next generation of leaders. We encourage you to consider a contribution today to help ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve their dreams and contribute to their communities.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENERATIONHAND SCHOLARSHIP JUDGES
Bank of America
Maia Shanklin Roberts
John D. Spencer
Saint Mary’s Housing Corporation
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHILDREN’S ESSAY CONTEST WINNER
Our last award of the evening went to the Children’s Essay Contest winner, Hermon Weldegiorgis! This year, we received more than 200 essay contest submissions representing the youth who participate in our members’ resident services programming. Contestants were asked to share their perspectives on their experiences, interests, talents, hopes and dreams for a $500 cash prize and a celebratory experience.
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THANK YOU TO OUR DOOR PRIZE SPONSORS!
Miner Feinstein Architects
$250 Gift Card for Thatcher and Rye
$100 Visa Gift Card
Novogradac & Company
International Spy Museum
ShadowLand Laser Adventures
Triple Play Pass
Check out our collection of photos from the event! Feel free to download a personal copy of the images and share on social media with the hashtag #HANDHonors23.
Also, if you had a great time at the photo booth, be sure to download your photo using the button below!
This event was an external rental presented in coordination with the
Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and was not produced by the Kennedy Center.