Bridges Gala

Each year, Richard Marriott, joined by a celebrity headliner, hosts a major gala in Washington, D.C. Bringing together business and community leaders, the event celebrates successes, honors youth achievement and generates additional resources to support Bridges services to even more challenged young adults 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, and it’s your generosity that fuels the work–helping young adults with disabilities find a path to a brighter future through competitive employment.

After two years of hosting the Gala virtually, we are planning to gather in person this year on Wednesday, June 8 at the Washington (DC) Marriott Marquis. Please plan to join us for this fun and inspiring evening; you’ll be making a real difference in the lives of the young people Bridges serves across the country.

2022 Bridges Gala – Sponsor Packet

2022 Bridges Pledge Form

You may submit your sponsorship payment via check, ACH, or credit card. For further information or if you have any questions, please contact the Gala Team at (202) 719-8057 or

Lodging Information:

For your convenience, a hotel room block has been reserved at the Washington Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW) for the night of the gala. The rate for June 8 is $339 + tax.

If you would like to reserve a room, please visit:

Please note, rooms are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in using the room block, it is recommended that you make your reservation as soon as possible. The deadline to make a reservation at the group rate is May 23, 2022.

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