Sasha Bruce

About the Event

A Light in the Dark is a celebration of the resilient flame that resides in each young person that has experienced homelessness. Individually, each flame may appear dim and alone, but joined together, they paint a picture of a growing problem in our country – youth experiencing homelessness.

This event is more than an opportunity to bring awareness to this growing problem. It is a tribute to the young people and their supporters that are helping to redefine what it means to be homeless. Together, they form a growing community of advocates working to put into action real solutions to bring an end to youth homelessness in our generation.

Our Honorees

Meet the individuals that have had a lasting impact in the lives of homeless youth this past year and join us in celebrating their contributions to our community.

Jonathan & Hannah Allen

Jonathan & Hannah Allen

Youth's Choice Award

Destiny-Simone Ramjohn

Destiny-Simone Ramjohn

Community Champion Award

Marie Ridder

Marie Ridder

Lifetime Achievement Award

Enhance the Show with a Culinary Experience

Sasha Bruce has partnered with Cheers In a Box and Chef Elle Simone Scott to develop a culinary experience for all guests attending the event. Enhance your night and join in the celebration with these tasty recipes & drinks, including:

  • Parmesean Pepper Popcorn
  • Celery Gimlet
  • Hibiscus Guava Agua Fresca

And as a special treat to all of our paid ticket holders, we will be providing you with a special Culinary Experience Box with specialty items to comemorate this celebration. 

Join us in toasting this year’s Honorees by purchasing a ticket today.

Special Performances

Trooly H.I.M.

Emerging Artist

Our very own, Trooly H.I.M will light the night by making his video debut at this event. His beats will leave you begging for more – a can’t miss opportunity!

Elle Simone Scott

America’s Test Kitchen

From social worker, to celebrity chef, to mentor. Elle has done it all. Join her she share’s her story while helping set your night with some tried and tested cocktails.

Brandon Stansell

Rising Country Music Artist

A bold new voice in the genre, as comfortable making you tap your foot as shed a tear. A singer songwriter with something to say, and a voice to remember. Join us for a special celebratory tribute in honor of Pride Month.


Maple & Markus Adams-Krygier | Hannah & Jonathan Allen | Elizabeth Anderson | Tracy & Joshua Bernstein | Jackie Bush | Cheka Cage| Buffy Cafritz (in Memoriam) | Ben & Ashley Chang | Nancy & Fritz Chockely | Pam Feinstein | Spencer Freebairn & Antonio Paniagua| Morgan & Josh Genderson | Donna Greenfield | Sherry Haber & Michael Mandel | Paula Hansen | Alison Harwood | Robert Heggestad | Katherine Kinsella & Edgar N. James | Major Lewis | Mark Lowham & Joe Ruzzo Ben Merkel | Elle Miske | Shaunda Patterson-Strachan | Carolyn Peachey | Liska Radachi | Lisa Raymond | Sylvia Ripley & Christopher Addison | Maresa Roach | Shannon Ryan & John Crain | Ken Sandy | Heideh Shahmoradi | Elizabeth & George Stevens | Shannon Stichman | Will Thomas & Barry Dixon | John Warner

A Light in the Dark Celebratory Honorary Committee

Members Of Congress

United States Senator from Maryland Chris Van Hollen

United States Representative for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District Anthony G. Brown

Delegate to United States House of Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton

Council of the District of Columbia

Chairman Phil Mendelson

At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds

At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman

At-Large Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr.

At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson

Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau

Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions  

Commissioner of Single Member District 5C07 Jeremiah Montague Jr.        

Commissioner of Single Member District 7E05 Sharon Jafari  

Commissioner of Single Member District 8A05 Jamila White

Prince George’s County Council

At-Large Councilmember Calvin S. Hawkins, II

District 5 Councilmember Jolene Ivey

District 6 Councilmember Derrick Leon Davis

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Your generosity allows us to provide over 6,500 young people with the opportunities they deserve to thrive in our nation’s capital. 

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Youth Advocate Sponsors

Youth Watch Party Sponsors