About the Event

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 17 from 6-9PM to join us for an evening of food, fellowship, and inspiration with others who share your commitment to building a more just, equitable future for children and families in Southeast DC.

Over the years, Give Thanks & Give Back has grown from an intimate house party into an annual fundraising gathering drawing hundreds to celebrate the achievements of the children and families we serve, as well as the committed partners, volunteers, and staff who make our mission possible every day.


This has been an exciting year with the opening of our new Horton’s Kids Community Resource Center, or Horton’s Hub, finalizing a new strategic plan, and growing our footprint to reach more children and families in Anacostia.

We welcome your involvement with our 16th Annual Give Thanks & Give Back. If you are interested in learning more about event tickets, sponsorships for Give Thanks & Give Back, or serving on our Host Committee to support fundraising, please contact Ellica Church, Senior Director of Individual Giving, at ellica@hortonskids.org

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Adele Fabrikant
Fernanda and Brian Fisher
Pam Kanstoroom
Mary Ellen Matheson
Virginia and Bobby McMillin
Ellen and Scott Palmer
Tara and Craig Primis

A look back at our 2022 Featured Speaker, E’Nyjaih Fields

For kids in my neighborhood, it’s not always easy to listen to the instincts that tell you to dream big and reach for the stars. But Horton’s Kids helped me trust those instincts. They helped me envision a brighter future for myself and then go after that future.



Etta Fielek


Howie Bierman and Jill Coleman & Family | Dr. Dolores Cole | Cobec Consulting
Joseph Davis and Evelyn Loeb | Jeff and Ethan Gelber | Simmy and Brian Jain | Dr. Roy Jones
J.P. Morgan Private Bank | Christopher and Sarah Martin | Marshfield Associates
Ellen and Scott Palmer | John and Emily Pappas | Tara and Craig Primis
Allison Remsen | Dr. Billie Short


Ralph Alswang Photography | Sean Cavanaugh and Rima Cohen | Paul and Liz Dougherty 
Fernanda and Brian Fisher | Brenda Huneycutt and Smith Brittingham IV
Joseph and Patricia Lonardo


ArentFox Schiff LLC  | Don and Marnie Beale | Judy and Leland Bishop | Aaron Buchsbaum and Rosa Hugo 
David Catania | Monique Frazier | Hunter and Katie Guerin | Heiler Brown Family 
Lisa and Mark Kaufman | K. Stratton Kirton and Rosalyn Kumar |
Chi J. Leng and Ira J. Koretsky 
Jennifer Loven and Chris CooperLlamawood | Virginia and Bobby McMillin
The Michelle Sagatov Realty Group | David and Nicole Mitchell
Erik Olson and Jessica Smith | Dave and Liz Roberts | Ranit Schmelzer and Adam Krinsky
Emilio Sanchez, CFP at Morgan Stanley | Nihar and Vineetha Shah | Charles and Jina Simmons 
Smith-Free Group | United Bank |
Dan and Cyndy Walsh | Jeanne and Jim Wolak


Anonymous | Erica Ahdoot | Gwinneth and Steve Berexa | Jessica Bowman and Tim May 
Paul Conlon and Michele Heller | Adele Fabrikant | Famouscookies.com 
Gihan Fernando | Estee Levine-Little and David Little 
Miles Mason and Lara Johnson | Mary Ellen Matheson | Mary and Stuart Nash 
RaShonda and Sheku Riddle | William Sonneborn | Chuck Young and Heidi Jensen 
Suzanne Zweben

Brad Sickels
Director of Communications & Events

Brad manages Horton’s Kids’ external communications channels and oversees the organization’s public and media relations. He also directs the planning and execution of Horton’s Kids donor stewardship & cultivation events including the organization’s flagship fundraisers Home Runs for Horton’s Kids and Give Thanks & Give Back. Brad brings over 15 years of event production, strategic communications, and graphic design experience to Horton’s Kids.

Brad has worked for a variety of DC-based nonprofits including The Human Rights Campaign, The American Psychological Association, and The National Student Leadership Conference. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Geneseo.