Bridges Gala

Each spring, Richard Marriott and his co-chair are joined by a celebrity headliner to host a major gala in Washington, D.C. On that evening we celebrate Bridges’ successes, honor youths’ achievements, and generate additional resources to do even more in the future. The event is an opportunity for business and community leaders to gather for an entertaining and inspiring evening while helping challenged young adults achieve a better life.

After two years of taking this Gala virtual, we are planning to get together in person again in 2022! We have the ballroom at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC reserved for the evening of Wednesday, June 8 and hope you’ll SAVE THE DATE and plan to be there!

More details will be posted soon, but if questions arise in the meantime, please contact the Gala Team at (202) 719-8074 or

2021 Virtual Bridges Gala

Though 2020 forced us to confront obstacles, Bridges From School to Work was more committed than ever to serve its young adults and provide them with a brighter future. Adapting to the circumstances, we hosted a virtual Gala on the evening of June 15, 2021. Our event co-chairs, Richard E. Marriott and Steve King celebrated the Magic of Bridges, featuring Michael Carbonaro, magician and creator of The Carbonaro Effect.

More than 400 guests attended, raising over $1.53M to ensure that Bridges can continue to provide young adults with opportunities for employment. We are grateful to the numerous companies and individuals who pledged their commitments.

Gallery of Celebrity Headliners

Click on an image below to enlarge these photos of some of our past celebrity headliners.

Watch highlights from past Galas.

2019 Bridges Gala Recap
2018 Bridges Gala Recap