50th Anniversary Celebration Gala – April 21

50th Anniversary Celebration Gala for The Arc of Loudoun

Our inaugural gala was a huge success! First, we’d like to thank everybody who came out to support The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus and the children with disabilities and their families that we serve.

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, along with our Gala Chair, Ara Bagdasarian, for all your hard work. 

We also want to thank our emcee for the night Leon Harris and our wonderful entertainers: Carlos IbayA Place To Be Performers, and the Eric Byrd Trio. We hope you enjoyed the inspiring evening!

View the 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala photos here. 


The Arc of Loudoun celebrates its 50th Anniversary — 50 years of creating a lifetime of opportunities for children with disabilities and their families! Join us for this inspiring celebration, as we rally together to recognize this momentous achievement and impact in this community.

 Chair: Ara Bagdasarian, CEO and Co-Founder of Omnilert

Saturday, April 21, 2018 with silent auction and cocktails starting at 6:00 pm
Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Lansdowne, VA

Five-course dinner, featuring special performance by
Carlos Ibay and A Place to Be performers,
ALLY “A Life Like Yours” awards presentation,
live and silent auctions, dancing

Dress: Black-tie optional

 Leon Harris from NBC News 4 at 4 to emcee Gala!

Featuring Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center Performer: Carlos Ibay                 

Ibay is a classically trained Filipino-American concert pianist and heroic tenor from Fairfax, Virginia who has been blind since infancy.  He began playing piano when he was two years old and began singing at the age of three.  A child prodigy, Ibay made his first public performance at age ten.  Fluent in seven languages, he is a versatile performer who has performed in over a dozen countries. Ibay studied piano under Thomas Schumacher from the Eastman School of Music and studied voice with Harry Dunstan from the American Center for Puccini Studies.  He also studied piano at the Mannes College of Music in New York City under Jerry Rose and with the late Thomas Mastroianni, former president of the American Liszt Society. Ibay made his debut at Carnegie Hall on October 1, 2005 and his Kennedy Center debut on November 30, 2006.  He has performed for Vice President Al Gore, President George W. Bush, and Pope Francis.  Ibay has also performed with the McLean Symphony, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the Manassas Community Orchestra, and the Reston Community Orchestra.  Ibay was the cantor, organist, and chorister at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Annandale, Virginia for nine years.  He also regularly performs at local venues, churches, fundraisers, and private events. Watch Ibay’s performances here. 
Thank you to our generous sponsors! 
Benefactor Sponsors

Beatriz McNelly

Friends of The Arc of Loudoun
AHT Insurance and Jenni Bickerstaff | ECHO
Andy and Melissa Heifetz | George and Mary Pellicano
Supporters of The Arc of Loudoun
Scott Billigmeier | Kelly Carberry | Curt and Corky Carlson | Diane Culp| Dataprise
Ryan Donnelly and Ryan Kincade | Bonnie Hoffman | Jeff and Kathy Lubitz|
John Marshall Bank | Juliana MacDowell | McCandlish & Lillard, PC | Mitchell & Co., CPA’s | Amy Owen of Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties | Father Daniel Vélez-Rivera of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church
Vendor Partners

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