2022 CORE Giving Gala & Community Hero Awards

Please join us on Saturday, October 1st at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. as we celebrate the 16th anniversary of CORE Foundation with an evening of inspiration and culinary delights while honoring the 2022 Community Hero Award recipients.   We can’t wait to bring the CORE community together for this wonderful annual tradition!    Attire is black tie optional.


Tickets are sold individually and through sponsorships.  All tickets include heavy hors d’ oeuvres, small plates and delicious sweets along with wine and beer.  The CORE Cause village will be open for guests to learn about the projects that CORE supports and celebrate the tremendous volunteers in our community.  Individual tickets are:

  • $125 is ordered before 8/10/22
  • $135 if ordered between 8/11/22 and 9/11/22
  • $150 if ordered after 9/12/22

If you can not attend, we invite you to make a one-time or annual donation to help us continue to grow and drive our mission.   You may also contribute by joining the Founder’s Circle to commemorate our 16th anniversary by pledging to make a monthly donation.

The CORE Foundation Giving Gala was established in 2018 as a primary fundraiser for the CORE Foundation.   In 2019, the Community Heroes Program was added to further recognize individuals and groups in the community that mirror CORE Foundation’s values of being the change and who go above and beyond to make our community a better place.   Nominations for HERO Awards are open.    


The gala will feature a silent auction with generous donations from our community partners including trips, restaurant, gift baskets, and more.  We will feature two raffles for the evening.   Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance and at the event.

Diamond Premier Raffle

A stunning Sterling silver and 18 karat gold pave diamond ring generously donated by Aspen Jewelry Designs.   Sizing is included for the lucky winner. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.  You do not need to be present to win.

Winner’s Choice Raffle 

Tickets for the Winner’s Choice Raffle are 3 for $25, or 8 for $50.  You do not need to be present to win.  Select to bid on the your prize of choice from these fabulous packages:
  • Fore CORE Golfers Delight – 2 entries into the 2023 Fore CORE Golf Classic
  • Reston Sprint Triathlon VIP Package
  • Barbados Hotel Getaway
  • la Madeleine Gourmet Food Basket 
  • Locally Brewed Beer Basket 
  • and more!


The CORE Community Heroes Award program recognizes the good work of those who are making a difference in our community with an entrepreneurial spirit.  We have so many examples of those in our community who have stepped forward to help their neighbor.  This program is designed to spotlight the good work of those in our community who are making a difference in our community with an entrepreneurial spirit of philanthropic service.

Nominations are now closed. Be sure to watch your email for our upcoming announcement of the award winners.

Please purchase your tickets to the Gala now so you can join us in celebrating the 2022 Community Heroes in person on October 1st.

Community Hero Awards will be presented to:

  • CORE Community Hero (s)
  • CORE Cause of the Year
  • CORE Cause Rookie of the Year
  • CORE Partner of the Year
  • CORE Volunteer of the Year


Sponsorship Levels ranging from $500 – $50,000 to accommodate your organization’s budget are available.  Let’s partner and shine a spotlight on your business.  Please click on the sponsorship button to review levels and benefits which include tickets, marketing, and more.  If you prefer to pay by check, please email info@corefoundation.org to coordinate.   We are happy to set an appointment with you to discuss these options.

Many thanks to our generous partners for their sponsorship!  Add your name to this growing list!

Torchbearer Partner 

Doug and Jennifer Bushée

Be The Change Partner

Karl and Teresa Majer

Difference Maker Partners

Dave McCue and Lori Lefcourt

Innovator Partner

Multimedia Partner

Raffle Partner


The mission of CORE Foundation is to ignite and support charitable projects which address societal needs, build community, and enable positive change. For 16 years, CORE has nurtured innovative charitable ideas turning them into executable projects which improve the lives of others, filling gaps and seeding unmet needs in the community. Serving as an incubator, our CORE Cause projects have ranged from supporting cancer patients and research to championing veterans’ issues to battling homelessness and food insecurity to making youth sport experiences available to needy kids. For each Cause project, we provide nonprofit infrastructure, administrative backbone, resources, tools, and strategic mentoring to ignite their project for social good. As a result, our CORE Causes and the Foundation have received local and national media coverage including Lester Holt, Good Morning America, People, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Join us in making a difference and invest in your community!

Please direct questions to: info@corefoundation.org