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Kerry Donley Honored Posthumously As a Champion for Children Last Weekend

Center for Alexandria's Children recognized his contributions to the community at its Jan. 28 gala

Donley’s widow and their five daughters pose with a framed display. (All photos: Lucelle O’Flaherty/The Zebra Press)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Saturday evening, the Center for Alexandria’s Children (CAC) held it’s 12th annual gala at The Torpedo Factory Art Center. Over a week ago, The Zebra reported on the event as tickets were selling, and it was a hit. More than 200 people attended, all to celebrate the life and contributions of the late Kerry Donley, recognized as the CAC’s 2023 Champion for Children.

Those in attendance included Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson, Vice Mayor Amy Jackson, and John Porter, the former president and CEO of ACT for Alexandria. Each knew Donley personally.

CAC Board Chair Melissa Riddy admitted being “overwhelmed by the community’s support for the event.” She continued, saying: “[There were] so many friends, neighbors, partners and community members who showed up to celebrate Kerry Donley’s impact on the City of Alexandria.”

John Porter, his son and Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan, and Vice Mayor Amy Jackson

Donley’s widow, Eva, and their five daughters were on hand to accept two framed tributes. One was given to them, and the other will be on display at the CAC’s new headquarters in the Redella S. “Del” Pepper Community Center.

“Kerry was a fierce advocate for our Learn & PlayGroup Programs,” said Giselle Pelaez, CAC Executive Director. “He knew that when we provide parents with the social support, knowledge of parenting and child development, and concrete resources they need to cope with stress and nurture their children, we ensure a community of strong families and safe children where each Alexandria child is able to grow to their full potential.”

Former mayor Alsion Silberberg with retired Congressman Jim Moran

Funds raised at the gala will support the Learn&Play Group.

CAC is Alexandria’s primary resource for the prevention, investigation, and treatment of child abuse.

To view all the photos from the event, visit The Zebra’s Facebook page.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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