The founder and CEO of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, Neal Lawson (center, with orange bandana), is surrounded by the volunteers of Edward Douglass White Council 2473 who hosted the fundraiser on November 21
The fundraising event, which drew residents from throughout Arlington, was held on the grounds of Council 2473
Community members of all ages gathered in front of the main building at Edward Douglass White Council 2473 on a crisp, sunny day in mid-November to raise funds for the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation
"George Washsington," one of the Washington Nationals mascots joined in the fun
Hundreds of Arlington area children had an ample supply of play equipment at the fund raising event
Food tents, play equipment for the kids, and fun for all
The original old house at E.D. White Council formed the backdrop for a community gathering to raise money to help mothers and babies in need of prenatal and postnatal care
Play rides and games for the many community children who turned out
"Mama's Donut Bites" were among the tasty offerings for the large community crowd which turned out to raise funds for the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation
Council 2473 hosts an extraordinary event for the Arlington community, raises money for prenatal care
November 21, 2015 - The Knights of Edward Douglass White Council 2473 hosted a major fundraising event that attracted broad support from the entire Arlington Community, raising funds for a foundation that helps mothers and babies in need of prenatal and postnatal care. The event raised more than $100,000.
Neil Lawson created the foundation to honor the life of his wife Jennifer, who was killed in a tragic accident in February of this year. Jennifer Bush-Lawson was only 39, and had given birth to their three children despite being challenged with numerous prenatal problems. While she had access to high-quality care and first-rate doctors, she realized that there were many thousands of others who are not so fortunate. After she died, Neil established the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation to support giving those less fortunate a "winning start at life and motherhood."
Activities on November 21 included a Memorial 5K run, and a Family Fun Day, which was held on the grounds of Council 2473 in the heart of Arlington.
Neal Lawson wrote to Grand Knight John White, thanking the Kngihts, and adding that " The event couldn’t have gone any better and the venue was perfect. In every interaction, without exception, the entire KoC team has been cheerful, supportive and gracious. Truly a remarkable display by the Knights for the foundation and the community. What a wonderful gift to give. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!"
And a council member added his own praise: "I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a Knight today! This was just a terrific affirmation of our values in this community. "
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