At CentroNía’s 30th Anniversary Gala, we celebrated three decades of educating children and families in a multicultural and bilingual environment alongside old and new friends. We are grateful for those who attended in support of our programs and especially to the generous sponsors and benefactors for the evening. To those who have contributed their time, talent, and treasure over the years, YOU made this milestone one to remember for years to come!

During the event, we enjoyed great food, lively conversation, an incredible performance by Samantha Rios and our families, and danced a conga line led by NBC4’s Erika Gonzalez through the room while enjoying the beats of Batala. You created a colorful mural that will proudly adorn our walls, created a mad lib unique to a day at CentroNía, helped stock the shelves of our library, and smiled pretty in our photo booth–all while raising critical funds in support of CentroNía’s high-quality and affordable early childhood education.

CentroNía benefits the children who participate in its programs by setting them on a strong trajectory that ensures they develop a lifelong love for learning. We heard this first hand last night from two of our alumni, Yonis Benitez and Rexanah Wyse. Both of whom enrolled in CentroNía more than 25 years ago during critical times in their lives and credit CentroNía for preparing them to achieve academically and instrumental in their many successes today.

We hope CentroNía’s 30th Anniversary Gala ignited a fire inside YOU to re-commit yourself to supporting our city’s low-income, working families through high-quality and affordable early childhood education. As we heard repeatedly at the Gala, an investment in early childhood education is an investment in our future.


For pictures from the event, please check out CentroNía’s Facebook page.


CentroNía 30th Anniversary Gala Sponsors
Savills Studley
United Bank
Carolyn & Phil Wagoman
CentroNía 30th Anniversary Benefactor Circle
Katherine B. Bradley, CityBridge Foundation
Carla Decker
Gretchen Gayle Ellsworth & Robert Hirsch
Irene & Juan Estrada
Julia Howell Barros & Marco Davis
Betsy Howes-Bean & Chuck Bean
BB Otero & Fernando Lemos
Otero Strategy Group, LLC
K. Shiek Pal
Myrna Peralta & Curtis White
Jeffrey Slavin
CentroNía 30th Anniversary Gala Honorary Committee
Democratic Leader Harry Reid
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Benjamin Cardin
Senator Thad Cochran
Senator Barbara Mikulski
Congressman Tony Cárdenas
Congresswoman Lois Frankel
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva
Congressman Richard Hanna
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
Congressman Juan Vargas
Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C.
Councilmember Jack Evans, Washington, D.C.
Councilmember David Grosso, Washington, D.C.
Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Washington, D.C.
Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Washington, D.C.
Councilmember Elissa Silverman, Washington, D.C.
Councilmember Roger Berliner, Montgomery County
Councilmember Tom Hucker, Montgomery County
Councilmember George Leventhal, Montgomery County
Councilmember Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County
Councilmember Hans Riemer, Montgomery County
Mayor of Somerset Jeffrey Slavin