Tribute 21 Gala
More than 600 guests gathered to celebrate the life of Flynn Thomas Fry at The Mellon Auditorium. In his short life, Flynn touched the lives of many and he continues to inspire us to respect, appreciate and love people with differing abilities. Serenely illuminated pink cherry blossom trees channeled DC artist Maggie O’Neill’s signature painting,”Flynn’s Jefferson Memorial”, providing a uniquely DC backdrop for a night of dancing and fun as attendees raised money to support programs for individuals with Down syndrome.
This year’s Advocate Address was delivered by Morgan Elizabeth Howard. Morgan regaled the crowd with stories of her experiences as a student at George Mason University and as an intern on Capital Hill where she plans to work after graduating. The impossible task of following Morgan’s inspiring keynote fell to Emcee Doug Kammerer, NBC Washington’s Chief Meterologist, who fired up the crowd to bid in the Live Auction.
Guests dined throughout the night on an assortment of delicious dishes and were particularly enthusiastic about a late night burger delivery from Shake Shack. Party goers rocked the dance floor with live music from bands “Long Lost Cousins”, featuring Flynn’s brother Keys Fry on bass, and crowd pleaser “Bryen O’Boyle” and his band.