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Oscar Night Comes Early for Alexandria’s Children

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Mar 02,2011
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,
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Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Washington Capitals Alternate Captain Mike Knuble, wife Megan Knuble and Alexandria Mayor William Euille.
Courtesy Photo
Washington Capitals Alternate Captain Mike Knuble, wife Megan Knuble
and Alexandria Mayor William Euille.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The Center for Alexandria’s Children scored another Oscar as they rolled out the red carpet for their second annual Oscar Night Gala last week. Held at Belle Haven Country Club, the event attracted 300 guests.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Alexandria Police Sgt. Bartholomew Bailey, recipient of the Center for Alexandria's Children  2011 Outstanding Dedication to Alexandria's Children Award; his daughter, Sierra Miles;  and Giselle Pelaez, executive director of the Center for Alexandria's Children
Courtesy Photo
Alexandria Police Sgt. Bartholomew Bailey,
recipient of the Center for Alexandria's
Children 2011 Outstanding Dedication to
Alexandria's Children Award; his daughter,
Sierra Miles; and Giselle Pelaez, executive
director of the Center for Alexandria's
Children

Once again, the "paparazzi" was there – photographing guests as they walked down the red carpet. Photos were then uploaded and displayed on screen. Guests were given very official looking passes with their names and photos of movie stars were scattered throughout the ballroom.

Washington Capitals Forward Mike Knuble and his wife Megan served as honorary co-chairs and several Capital items were featured as part of the silent auction.

Guests snapped up the mini Oscar trophies, and waited to see if they had one of the winning numbers for a variety of prizes, including a Kindle.

NBC4's Julie Carey was the evening's emcee and announced the presenters.

Giselle Pelaez, the CAC's executive director, welcomed guests and spoke about the preventive and outreach work that CAC is doing.

CAC Board Chair Nigel Morris presented Dave Cleary, the founder of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern VA), with an award. "When CAC partners with SCAN, we break the cycle of abuse,” said Morris, an Alexandrian who's co-founder of Capital One.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Center for Alexandria's Children Board Chair Nigel Morris; Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director, Center for Alexandria's Children; Megan Knuble and Mike Knuble (Washington Capitals Alternate Captain), Honorary Co-Chairs of the CAC Oscar Night Benefit; NBC4 reporter and event emcee Julie Carey
Courtesy Photo
Center for Alexandria's Children Board Chair
Nigel Morris; Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director,
 Center for Alexandria's Children; Megan Knuble
and Mike Knuble (Washington Capitals Alternate
Captain), Honorary Co-Chairs of the CAC
Oscar Night Benefit; NBC4 reporter and
event emcee Julie Carey

Cleary was honored with the 2011 CAC Champion of Children Award for an organization he started in 1988 that has helped ensure the safety of thousands of children in northern Virginia.

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook introduced Alexandria Police Sgt. Bartholomew Bailey, who was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Dedication to Alexandria’s Children’s Award for his significant contributions to the Center and dedication to Alexandria’s children and families.

“Bailey is the ‘soldier in the field’ and the right person for the right job at the right time,” said Cook. “He is the quintessential team player.”

“In 17 years, this is the best job I’ve ever had,” said Bailey. “Seeing the smiling faces it CAC keeps you young, and the support is outstanding.”

Proceeds from the event help fund the center’s initiatives to help abused children in Alexandria.


Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director for the Center for Alexandria's Children;  David Cleary, recipient of the 2011 Center for Alexandria's Children Champion for Children Award; Alexandria City Council Member Frank Fannon; Washington Capitals Alternate Captain Mike Knuble and wife Megan, Honorary Co-Chairs for the CAC Oscar Night Benefit
Courtesy Photo
Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director for the
Center for Alexandria's Children; David
Cleary, recipient of the 2011 Center for
Alexandria's Children Champion for
Children Award; Alexandria City Council
Member Frank Fannon; Washington
Capitals Alternate Captain Mike Knuble
and wife Megan, Honorary Co-Chairs
for the CAC Oscar Night Benefit


Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director for the Center for Alexandria's Children; Nigel Morris, Chairman, CAC Board of Directors;  Megan Knuble and Washington Capitals Alternate Captain Mike Knuble, Honorary Co-Chairs for the CAC Oscar Night Benefit
Courtesy Photo
Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director for the
Center for Alexandria's Children; Nigel Morris,
Chairman, CAC Board of Directors; Megan
Knuble and Washington Capitals Alternate
Captain Mike Knuble, Honorary Co-Chairs
for the CAC Oscar Night Benefit



Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Dave Cleary, recipient of the 2011 Center for Alexandria's Children Champion for Children Award.
Courtesy Photo
Dave Cleary, recipient of the 2011 Center for
Alexandria's Children Champion for Children
Award.


Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director, Center for Alexandria's Children, with Oscar Night Gala Honorary Co-Chairs: Megan and Mike Knuble, Alternate Captain Washington Capitals
Courtesy Photo
Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director, Center for
Alexandria's Children, with Oscar Night Gala
Honorary Co-Chairs: Megan and Mike Knuble,
Alternate Captain Washington Capitals




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