Bridges Gala

Each year, Richard Marriott is joined by a celebrity headliner in hosting the Bridges from School to Work Gala in Washington, D.C. The event brings together business and community leaders from across the country to celebrate our successes, honor youth achievement and raise critical funds to help Bridges serve even more young people in the year ahead. It is our most important fundraiser of the year!

In the context of a pandemic and nationwide labor shortages, Bridges has never been more essential. Your generosity fuels this important work—helping young adults with disabilities find a path to a brighter future through competitive employment.

2022 Bridges Gala

After two years of hosting the event virtually, we were thrilled to gather in person on June 8th, 2022, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Mr. Marriott and his co-chair, Scott Barghaan, VP and General Manager, Travel and Hospitality Vertical, Salesforce, welcomed almost 1,000 guests, representing more than 190 sponsors, who helped us raise a record-breaking $2,214,000 to help Bridges transform lives through the power of a job.

We honored William Bedford with the Stephen G. Marriott Youth Achievement Award for his hard work and job success through the Bridges program. We were also treated to a lively conversation between award-winning journalist Richard Lui, and Jershika Maple, a Top 5 Finalist on NBC’s The Voice, Season 21, who graced us with a powerful performance that showcased her outstanding talent.


We are grateful for the many generous supporters who make this work possible.  Please plan to join us next year when we’ll reconvene for the 2023 Bridges Gala!

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.

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