The Annual Fund Dinner & Auction

It's a wrap! Let Your Light Shine, our 2019 Annual Fund Dinner & Auction was a huge success! With record net proceeds of over $200,000 and record attendance, God's generosity was evident to all. We were blessed not only financially but also through the faithful volunteers who donated their time and talent to this event. From our Event Sponsors, to our auction bidders, to the generous donors of auction items, and our student helpers and performers, our community showed up! It was wonderful to see faculty, current parents, and many alumni all gathered together.

Highlights of the night began with Dan Steinfeld being introduced to the audience as our incoming Head of School. Dan briefly greeted the crowd, thanking everyone for the warm welcome.

Our Alumna of the Year, Rachel (Hepkins) Thompson ‘04, also spoke. Rachel took us for a walk down memory lane recalling her years as a DC student from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She recalled a special Bible verse learned in Scott Bateman’s class, Galatians 2:20, one that carried her through a number of life experiences and choices from personal to professional. She noted the tremendous impact so many of the DC faculty had on her as a student and on her life today and career as an immigration attorney. She took time to thank her DC teachers saying, “Know that what you’re doing here, right now, matters.” Rachel’s presentation was met with a standing ovation.

The Knightones took the stage to welcome the Steinfield family with a performance of the latest hit, “Hello Danny”. This twist on the Upper School’s recent musical Hello Dolly was well enjoyed by all including Dan himself.  

Our goal in hosting this year's auction was to rejoice and have fun together as a community and that is just what we did. Thank you to all who participated in this special evening. We could not have done it without each and every one of you! Enjoy a look through some photos of the evening. 

The generosity of all who participated has made a substantial impact on The Annual Fund, which bridges the gap between tuition revenue and ongoing operating expenses like salaries, curriculum, campus maintenance, technology and financial aid. We continue to marvel at the Lord's faithfulness in meeting our financial needs and your faithfulness in being a part of it all. 


Rachel (Hepkins) Thompson '04 2019 Alumna of the Year

Rachel's journey began in Philadelphia, where she grew up in a community and family that instilled an early, profound love for diverse cultures, hope in the possibilities of immigration and a fascination with other languages. Rachel’s South African mother and Jamaican father enveloped her in a church congregation with immigrants from myriad African and Caribbean countries. From her early experience of faith and community, Rachel learned the value and power of moving beyond where you came from even while cherishing your roots. Her early environment, including watching her mother become a naturalized U.S. Citizen, cemented Rachel’s desire to practice immigration law.

A graduate of DC's Class of 2004, Rachel’s professional journey began with a degree in Spanish Business from Messiah College and a graduate degree from Liberty University School of Law. During her schooling Rachel visited, studied, or lived in Jamaica, South Africa, Ecuador, Spain, Argentina and the Dominican Republic, an experience that showed her early on that she was called to immigration practice. Rachel has been with the Poarch Law firm since graduating and teaches annually at the Federal Bar Association conference. Her recent awards include the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section Younger Lawyer of the Year award in 2018 and the Alison Parker Young Professional Award given by DePaul Community Resources in 2016. In addition to her work as an immigration and adoption lawyer, Rachel serves as Adjunct Professor at Liberty University School of Law teaching Adoption Law.

Rachel is busy on the home front as well. She and her husband Brad have three sons ages 5, 3 and 1 and live in Salem, Virginia. She is active in her church, leading a small group study. 

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