SOME Raises $1.1M During 37th Annual Break the Cycle Gala

Fundraiser held at Washington National Cathedral on Oct. 21 honored local champions and humanitarians

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SOME celebrated its 37th Annual Break the Cycle Gala on Saturday, October 21 at Washington National Cathedral. The event supported the frontline organization’s transformative mission to end poverty and homelessness and honored individuals and organizations whose partnership has helped SOME achieve measurable impact in the Washington region. The organization raised $1.1 million during this year’s Gala, surpassing the amount amassed at last year’s event.

2023 Break the Cycle Gala Honorees included:

  • Jeanne and Mark Shriver: Jeanne and Mark Shriver received the Father Horace McKenna Humanitarian Award for their unwavering commitment of time and resources to alleviating homelessness and poverty. Named in honor of SOME’s Jesuit founder, the organization’s most prestigious honor is awarded to community members who have dedicated their lives to service.
  • Clark Construction: Clark Construction received the Corporate Champion Award. Since 2014, Clark has awarded SOME more than $1 million in support of its mission. Most recently, Clark Construction built SOME’s newest 15-story, 139-unit affordable housing apartment complex created for single adults, Roberts Residences, in Northeast DC.

“Our 2023 honorees are shining examples of the transformative change that dedicated individuals and institutions can create in their communities,” said Ralph Boyd, Jr., President and CEO of SOME. “Together, we have achieved an audacious goal of establishing more than 1,200 affordable housing units in Washington, DC. The unwavering support of Clark Construction and the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation, along with the unparalleled collaboration of Clark Construction in creating Roberts Residences, played a pivotal role. We also extend our deepest gratitude to Jeanne Shriver and Mark Shriver, whose tireless passion for service and advocacy fuels our work."

Eugene Daniels, POLITICO's White House correspondent and Playbook co-author, who also appears as a senior contributor on "Morning Joe" and a political analyst for MSNBC, served as emcee for the evening. The event included a cocktail reception, dinner, open bar, live entertainment, networking and a silent and live auction.

Proceeds from the Gala will support SOME’s life-changing work, which includes providing daily emergency services, healthcare, affordable housing and workforce development services as well as the SOME Place For Kids (SPFK) after school program, which offers more than 150 children homework support, literacy development and academic enrichment activities and healthy snacks.

The Break the Cycle Gala took place at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, on Sat, Oct. 21 from 6-10 p.m. To learn more, visit

About SOME, Inc.
SOME’s mission-critical work includes affordable housing, health care, job training, emergency and community resources and services, senior citizen support services and case management. In 2020 and 2021 alone, SOME’s services generated approximately $271 million worth of social value, which calculates to a $53.61 return for every dollar invested.


Kerry-Ann Hamilton

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