2018 March on Capitol Hill, Board Meeting and Leadership Summit held in Washington, DC.

From March 6 to 8, 2018, TS Alliance Community Alliance leaders, Board of Directors members, staff and other supporters converged in Washington, DC for our annual March on Capitol Hill, the Spring 2018 Board of Directors meetings, a Volunteer Leadership Summit, and our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner, when the 2017 Volunteers and Community Alliance of the Year were announced along with the very first Keith Hall Hall Distinguished Leader Award.

The week kicked off Tuesday night with the March on Capitol Hill Advocacy Training Dinner, where participants prepared to meet with their state’s U.S. Representatives and Senators the next day.

On Wednesday, supporters from across the country (including Community Alliance leaders, board members, staff and other volunteers) participated in our annual March on Capitol Hill by spending a long day visiting legislators to urge them to continue Federal TSC research funding.  Over the course of the week, these tenacious advocates visited 357 members of the House of Representatives and 84 Senators.

On Thursday, Community Alliance chairs, Adult Regional Coordinators, walk chairs and other volunteers took part in a Leadership Summit while the TS Alliance Operating and Endowment Fund Board of Directors participated in meetings most of the day.

On Thursday evening, our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held.  This dinner is always an inspiring and uplifting occasion.  Board Chair Beth Dean kicked off the night by thanking everyone for their hard work and support not only this week but throughout the year, while TS Alliance President & CEO Kari Luther Rosbeck echoed the thanks and appreciation.

We were honored to recognize Mark Vieth and Debora Wegner Moritz as TSC Champions for 15 years of dedicated commitment to government relations and the continued funding of the TSC Research Program at the Department of Defense. We then celebrated Community Alliances marking 10- and 15-year anniversaries. We recognized our Volunteers of the Year: Laura J. Marks, Amy Wilson Hightower, Laurisa Ballew and Mary Wheatley Roberds with Franny Awards. We recognized our first Keith Hall Distinguished Leadership Awardee, Kathy Eppard Henkel for her amazing support of adults with TSC and were moved by the meaningful presentation by Keith’s wife, Andrea Hall. Finally, we recognized our Community Alliance of the Year, the TS Alliance of Oklahoma and their Chair Heather Lens, with our Dreamer Award.

Debora Moritz and Mark Vieth were honored as TSC Champions,
shown here with TS Alliance President & CEO Kari Luther Rosbeck.

Community Alliances celebrating 15-year anniversaries were honored.

President & CEO Kari Luther Rosbeck (far left) and Board Chair Beth Dean (far right) with the Volunteers of Year (left to right): Laurisa Ballew, Amy Hightower, Laura Marks and Mary Roberds.

Andrea Hall (left) and Kari Luther Rosbeck (far right) presented the inaugural Keith Hall Distinguished Leader Award to Kathy Henkel (center).

Heather Lens (center), Chair of the TS Alliance of Oklahoma, accepted the Community Alliance of the Year Dreamer Award from Director of Community Programs April Cooper (left) and Kari Luther Rosbeck (right).

The TS Alliance truly thanks everyone who who participated in the week’s events and to those who sent letters of support to make the March on Capitol Hill one of the most successful to date.