The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) Receives Record-Setting Donations at Recent Annual Spring Benefit

More than $200K raised to help provide pre-k education and family support services to those living in Alexandria at 250% of the poverty level or below

ALEXANDRIA, VA-This past Friday, The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) hosted its Annual Spring Benefit in Belle Haven at the home of Catie Meyer. The event generated a record-setting amount of funds raised by the organization, tallying at more than $200,000.

The funds will help CFNC provide caring, high-quality, free early education and related services to 138 at-risk children and their families in their own neighborhoods in order to prepare them for success in school and life.

“Thank you to all of our amazing supporters and sponsors for without you this event would not be possible,” said Lisa Carter, CFNC’s Executive Director.  We are truly grateful to each and every one of your for helping us to build the minds and shape the futures of 138 Alexandria children.”

More than 250 guests joined CFNC on April 27, 2018 for its annual largest fundraiser – Shaping Minds, Building Futures Spring Benefit.  The evening began with cocktails, a unique auction collection, and delicious meal and culminated with honoring ACT for Alexandria’s former CEO John Porter for his support and dedication to early education.

Mr. Porter recently stepped down from his role as president and CEO of Act for Alexandria. Prior to his role at ACT, Mr. Porter had a distinguished career as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal at elementary, middle and high school levels, and assistant superintendent. Mr. Porter’s career spanned forty years, and was highlighted by his twenty-two-year tenure as principal of TC Williams High School.

Mr. Porter continued his work in Alexandria as president at CEO of ACT for Alexandria, where he focused on convening people around important issues in our community, including early education. Under his leadership, ACT brought people together to build interest, awareness, and provide resources for those tackling some of our community’s toughest problems.

“Mr. Porter made me realize that my voice has power and if I speak up somebody will listen.” says ACPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Hutchings who attended high school during Mr. Porter’s tenure as Principal at TC Williams. Mr. Porter has touched so many of his students’ lives and inspired so many people living in Alexandria to make their community a better place to live. 

We are eternally grateful for Mr. Porter’s dedication to the children of Alexandria.


Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Miracle Maker
Craig and Kari Shapero


Phil and Lisa Herget
Freeman and Heather Jelks
Nancy Keener
Catie Mayer
Tom and Ann Scully


Artisan II
Nick and Gincy Carosi
Copa Airlines
Nick and Vicki Coward
Halt, Buzas & Powell
Kaiser Permanente
Mason Hirst Foundation
Tyler and Jennie Massey
Dennis and Rita Meyer
Alberto and Ivanna Omeechevarria
Venable, LLP
Wells Fargo Advisors


Larry and Amy Alberson
John Andelin and Virginia Geoffrey
John and Kara Battaglini
Joe and Kate Boyce-Reeder
Nicholas and Nicole Carosi
Michael and Elizabeth Chiaramonte
Dennis and Suzanne Early
James and Sheila Fleming
Pete and Janet Gartlan
Geoffrey and Marilyn Giovanetti
Neil and Emily Goetzman
Benjamin and Tanis Herndon
Bill and Julie Howard
John and Diane Hynes
Kearney & Company
Lansinoh Laboratories
Chris and Maura Lindsay
Lobkovich Kitchen Designs
Bill Marino and Elizabeth Reynolds
John and Diane Mauk
Tom and Margaret Millar
Charles and Linda O’Connor
John and Lizzie Siegel
Dagobert and Lisa Soergel
Bradley and Elizabeth Todd
John and Jeanne Warner
Robert and Carrie Wood

Media Sponsors

Alexandria Woman Magazine

The Zebra


About CFNC

The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) provides free preschool education for 138 children and families living at or below 250% of the poverty line, who earn too much to qualify for Head Start but not enough to afford their children with a private preschool education. Providing a unique blend of preschool education and family support services including free health services, in-home visits and counseling, CFNC currently operates 8 classrooms in apartment complexes, recreational centers and other locations throughout Alexandria where these families live. Learn more at https://cfnc-online.org.


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