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2021 SOAR! DC National Awards Gala

November 5, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The SOAR! Board of Directors cordially invite you to the

35th Annual DC National Awards Gala

a VIRTUAL signature event

Event link for the SOAR! DC National Awards Gala

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 8 PM EDT

Sponsor the Gala

For more information, please contact Kevin Callahan, special events director, at events@soar-usa.org.

Download a PDF of the virtual journal


Monsignor Kenneth Velo  
DePaul University and the Big Shoulders Fund

Monsignor Kenneth Velo, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, serves as Senior Executive of Catholic Collaboration for DePaul University and Co-Chairman of the Big Shoulders Fund.

Monsignor was ordained in 1973 and appointed to St. Angela Parish in Chicago.  In 1980, he was appointed to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, with residence at Queen of All Saints Basilica. In the following years he served in various administrative positions, including vice chancellor of the Archdiocese, Master of Ceremonies and Executive Assistant to Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.

In November 1993, Monsignor Velo was named president of the Catholic Church Extension Society, a national organization which raises funds and awareness for Mission dioceses in the United States. In March 1996, Pope John Paul II named him Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor.

In 2001, he began his responsibilities at DePaul University. At DePaul Monsignor helps to extend the services of the University to the Catholic Community and other entities.

The Big Shoulders Fund, of which he serves as Co-Chairman, raises funds for inner-city Catholic Schools in Chicago. Over 20,000 students in seventy-six schools are helped by Big Shoulders.

Monsignor Velo is a former board member of SOAR!  He currently serves as the Catholic Chaplain of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). Until this past year he served on the Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.  He also participates in pastoral ministry at Old Saint Patrick’s Church in Chicago, Illinois.


Dr. Christine Grady
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Christine Grady, MSN, Ph.D. is a nurse-bioethicist, senior investigator, and Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

Her research focuses on clinical research ethics, including informed consent, vulnerability, study design, and recruitment, international research ethics and on ethical issues faced by nurses and other healthcare providers.  She is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center and the American Academy of Nursing, research fellow at Kennedy Institute of Ethics and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Grady holds a B.S. in nursing and biology from Georgetown University, a M.S.N. in community health nursing from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University.  She and her husband, Dr. Anthony Fauci, were married in 1985 and have three adult daughters.


Dr. Anthony S. Fauci
National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. serves as Chief Medical Advisor to the President and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As the long-time chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, Dr. Fauci has made many seminal contributions in basic and clinical research and is one of the world’s most-cited biomedical scientists. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.

Dr. Fauci attended Regis High School in Manhattan, The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Cornell Medical College, and New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center (now Weill Cornell Medical Center).  He and his wife, Dr. Christine Grady, were married in 1985 and have three adult daughters.

Terry O’Hara Lavoie 
Culmore Clinic 

Terry O’Hara Lavoie is co-founder of Culmore Clinic, a nonprofit interfaith medical clinic serving uninsured adults in the Bailey’s Crossroads community of Fairfax County. While co-founding the volunteer-driven Culmore Clinic in 2007, Terry served as Director of Survivors’ Fund, $25 million dollar charity designed for the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. She has held positions at various nonprofits including the Council on Foundations, The Union Institute, and Washington Grantmakers and established a consulting practice that provided program development and project management for foundations and nonprofits.

In addition to her work in the field of philanthropy, Ms. Lavoie has been an active volunteer in her community as well. She has served as a tutor in the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and has held volunteer leadership roles with the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP). Ms. Lavoie is proud to have been instrumental in MCCP’s efforts with State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation.

Terry holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Catholic University of America and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University.  She and her husband, Jack Lavoie, met as undergraduates at The Catholic University of America and are parishioners at St Anthony of Padua in Falls Church, Virginia.  Their daughter Maggie’s high school years were steeped in Salesian Spirituality at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School before heading to The University of Virginia for a BS and is now studying for a Master’s Degree.  Their son, Frank, has been educated by the Jesuits, first at Georgetown Prep and now at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA.

About Culmore Clinic

Named “One of the Best Nonprofits” by Catalogue for Philanthropy, Culmore Clinic is a 501(c)(3), non-profit healthcare clinic serving low-income adults in the Bailey’s Crossroads community at little to no cost. Supported by a diverse group of interfaith volunteers, healthcare providers, and donors, Culmore Clinic offers compassionate medical care, counseling services as well as specialty referrals. Their commitment to care for all is displayed with their top-notch medical interpretation services to ensure effective treatment to the culturally diverse community in which they work (97% immigrant population). Volunteers founded The Clinic in 2007 and to this day it is still significantly volunteer run, allowing more resources to go toward patient care.

Learn more about the Father Bob Brown, OSFS Good Samaritan Award HERE


November 5, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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