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Roots of Development’s
16th Annual Fundraising Event

November 2, 2023

Our Generous 2023 Corporate Sponsors

Our 2023 In-Kind Corporate Sponsors


Every year, diverse and influential guests gather in support of Development without Dependency. A long-time fixture of DC, Roots of Development’s annual fundraising event brings together leaders in the business, political, and non-profit spheres to show their solidarity with the fight against poverty.

In 2022, more than 150 people enjoyed a night of food, wine, and music, at the beautiful District Winery in Washington, DC. Speakers included DC Attorney General Karl Racine, who has recently joined Roots’ Board of Directors, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.


Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

District Winery, 385 Water Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

VIP reception 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Main Event 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Dress attire is cocktail or business formal. Public parking is available directly beside District Winery on the corner of 4th and Water St in The Yards Lot Q gated parking for $2-$3 per hour.


Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick

Haitian-American Congresswoman (FL-20)

Dr. Robert Fatton

Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia

Robert White

At-Large Representative for the District of Columbia City Council

Louino Robillard

Program Director of Rasin Devlopman, Roots’ partner in Haiti

Dr. John Coonrod

Co-Founder of the Movement for Community-Led Development

Silent Auction

With items including vacations, date nights, and more!

Live Guest Portraits

Wild and Beautiful Art

Live Music

Decades Band

Delicious Food & Wine

Made In-House


An exclusive opportunity to meet our special guests and support Roots of Development’s work.

VIP ticket holders will have the chance to meet and speak with our special guests more intimately, while enjoying views of the waterfront, live music, an exclusive spread of charcuterie, and delicious wine. VIP guests also get an exclusive gift bag!  This year, the VIP reception will feature a painter from Wild and Beautiful Art creating live take-home portraits of guests!

The VIP reception is a great way to begin the evening, speak with our special guests, enjoy great food and drink, and support our work with a generous, tax deductible donation.


Karl Racine

Former D.C. Attorney General

Eleanor Holmes-Norton

D.C. Congresswoman

Sunny Hostin

Co-Host of the View

Karine Jean-Pierre

WH Press Secretary

Pierre Garcon

San Francisco 49ers


This year’s event will celebrate 16 years’ worth of Development without Dependency in Haiti. Your tax-deductible ticket will support community-led development in Haiti, helping us in funding 14 infrastructure projects on the island of La Gonave, offering two new motorcycle courses to an additional thirty young women, providing project management workshops and trainings to over 200 local leaders and 25 elected officials, and constructing a state-of-the-art, 10,000 square foot Leadership & Development Center on the island.

In addition to supporting our work, your ticket includes food and drink for the event, as well as live entertainment. We have several surprises for the night of the event, including activities and special guests!


District Winery is Washington, D.C.’s first-ever fully-functional winery, located in the neighborhood of Navy Yard in the Capitol Riverfront community. With its award-winning wine and gorgeous views of the Anacostia River from its Rooftop Terrace, we are excited to be back at this venue this year.

Roots of Development’s 2023 Annual Event

Donation and Ticket Order Form

If you are interested in upgrading a ticket you already purchased from general admission to VIP, email us at

Roots of Development is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization (EIN 80-0490699). Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Help us fight for a development that is more
sustainable and respectful.

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