Baker Tilly Virchow Krause sponsors $300,000 Calvary Women’s Services dinner

26 July 2017 2 min. read
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Baker Tilly Virchow Krause has helped raise more than $300,000 for Calvary Women’s Services by sponsoring the Hope Awards Dinner. The US-based homeless charity focuses on supporting dispossessed women in crisis.

The US arm of international professional services network Baker Tilly, recently took part in the corporate sponsorship of the Hope Awards Dinner, the 16th Annual edition of its kind, in Washington DC. This year the dinner was in benefit of a local charity, Calvary Women’s Services (CWS). Fifteen Baker Tilly employees attended the dinner, including Colleen Wevodau, Assurance Senior Manager in the real estate practice and Calvary board member.

CWS is a Washington DC-based charity focused on supporting and empowering homeless women in the DC area with a range of services, including education programmes focused on housing, health, employment. The charity, which was founded in 1983, offers 'a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow.'

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause sponsors 300,000 dinner for Calvary Womens Services

The benefit dinner for CWS was hailed a roaring success, with more than $300,000 raised by attendees and corporate sponsors. Baker Tilly was present with a force of 15, including Raina Rose Tagle, a Partner in the firm’s risk, internal audit and cybersecurity practice, and Thomas Tagle, a Partner in the government contractor advisory services practice.

Aside from raising funds for the charity, the dinner was also an opportunity to honour stalwarts of regional cultural life, including civil rights activitst Dolores Huerta.She was responsible for co-founding United Farm Workers (formerly the National Farmworkers Association), and her work included empowering women and defending workers' rights in a period of considerable unrest in the US. The award was presented by the US’ first Latina Senator, Catherine Cortez Masto.

Commenting on Baker Tilly Virchow Krause’s corporate social responsibility commitment, Todd Stokes, a Managing Partner at the firm, said, “Calvary does an outstanding job of empowering women. Their mission resonates with many of us here at Baker Tilly, as demonstrated by the personal involvement of our team members.”

As Chair of the firm’s Development Committee meanwhile, Colleen Wevodau remarked, “I hope you have been moved by what you have seen and heard. Carry these stories forward so that more people are aware of the amazing things that are happening in our community. Women are transforming their lives.”