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.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 crisis we, regretfully, had to transition our 30th Anniversary Gala event, scheduled for June 16, 2020, to an online Gala Giving Campaign. While we were all disappointed and missed the enjoyment of a social evening together, we hope you will consider participating in this critical campaign.

The Bridges team continues on the job, supporting the many challenged young adults on their caseloads, albeit at an appropriate social distance. These young people, struggling with this new reality of difficult and uncertain times, need our support—your support—now more than ever. The Gala is our most important fundraiser of the year, and your philanthropic backing, especially during this time, is critical to our sustainability.

Commitments have already come in from these companies and individuals and we thank them. We hope you’ll consider adding your support to theirs. Click here for details and options for participation.

For more information, please contact Jessica Markowitz at (202) 719-8044 or

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