Event Details

20th Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner

Join us!
October 18, 2018

Riverview Ballroom
Gaylord National Harbor

National Harbor, MD
201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The Riverview Ballroom sits on the Potomac Riverfront adjacent to the main hotel. Take the elevator or grand staircase downstairs to the atrium level, walk towards the water, and voila. You can’t miss it.

6 pm / Silent Auction and Reception

7 pm / Dinner and Awards Presentation

Dress for the evening is cocktail attire. The coat check is located near the event registration desk at the far end of the River Ballroom Foyer.

Discounted self and valet parking has been arranged for dinner guests at the Gaylord National Hotel (not the many garages in National Harbor!). $20 for self and $33 for valet.

Wireless internet will be available at the event. Signs will be posted at the registration desk and throughout the Foyer and Reception area with the access codes.

Network: CADCA DFKC 2018
Password: drugfreekids


The Honorable Mary Bono

Mary Bono

A devoted mother, successful businesswoman and well-known political leader, Congresswoman Mary Bono was hailed as the "embodiment of powerful American womanhood" by the Washington Times, rising to become Chairman of the influential U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

Today, she is widely recognized as a national leader on privacy and technology issues and a global champion of Internet freedom, as well as an outspoken advocate on issues important to women. Congresswoman Bono was elected in 1998 to serve California's 45th District. And in 2012, she became the first ever Chairman of the Women's Policy Committee (WPC) in the House.

Bono established herself as a respected and closely-watched leader on a wide range of critically important issues while serving 8 terms in Congress (1998-2013).  She focused her chairmanship on technology, job creation and consumer protection.  In addition, she's been at the forefront of the nationwide fight against prescription drug abuse, which impacts millions of teenagers across the United States and is now the fastest-growing drug problem in America and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health epidemic.

Bono 's selection as Subcommittee Chairman for the 112th Congress was historic, made her the first Republican woman in American history to hold a gavel on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the oldest standing committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, dating back to 1795. 

Mary now serves as Principal for FaegreBD Consulting. She is married to former astronaut Admiral Steve Oswald (U.S. Navy, Retired) and is mother to Chesare Bono, Chianna Bono, stepmother to Chaz Bono and a grandmother of two.

Rev. Cynthia Abrams

Rev. Cynthia AbramsDirector of Health and Wholeness, Special Assistant to the General Secretary

Cynthia leads Church and Society’s work around health care, mental health and addiction (including alcohol, tobacco, gambling and other drugs). She served as an ethnic young adult intern with Church and Society in 1984. That experience led to a lifelong call to join others to bring about a just and healed world. Cynthia is an elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference.

Four Corners UMC formed Cynthia’s faith on the Seneca Nation Reservation. It was there she learned to connect her faith in Jesus Christ with working for justice. She has brought that faith and vision to her work both at the Native American UMC and Church and Society.

She believes God-centered, systemic change can make people’s lives better. She is constantly encouraged by United Methodists who seek to bring healing to people who lack health care or are living with a mental illness or addiction.