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Tom Synhorst,

"At DCI, our team takes pride in actively contributing to the communities we live in.That’s why this year we created a formal partnership with Food & Friends, a local civic organization dedicated to fighting hunger and malnutrition in DC, MD, and VA."

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In the Community

DCI Group Assists with “Water for People” Gala

On Monday, June 13, members of the DCI Group attended the Water For People Gala, an event presented by the National Association of Water Companies, to recognize women in the water industry –from the women carrying water to their villages in developing countries, to those who design and maintain sustainable water systems. DCI Group was responsible for generating media attendance and creating signage for the gala. The event, headlined by Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero and held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, was attended by more than 500 water industry, media and government representatives and raised $80,000 for Water For People.



Final Count: DCI’s Donations to the American Red Cross

Thank you to everyone who donated to the American Red Cross in support of Japan and other international relief efforts over the past few weeks. We raised a total of $1,237 in donations from staff plus $5,000 from DCI for a total contribution of $6,237! Thank you all again for contributing to this achievement!



DCI Group Attends Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

On the evening of Friday, May 20th several DCI employees including Stacey Chamberlin, Jon Comick, Jackie Puente, Scott Schmidt, Patrick Smith, Ewan Watt, and Jonathan Williams attended the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) Tennis Ball dinner and annual fundraiser. The event consisted of live and silent auctions followed by dinner and recognition of this year’s honoree, Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI).

The WTEF was founded in 1955 as an organization designed to help disadvantaged youth through tennis. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that provides academic help to at-risk children, helping them apply the lessons learned on the tennis court in the classroom and beyond. Today, WTEF is a leader in the best practice of providing academic enrichment, supplemented by tennis and life skills instruction, as a means for developing the skills necessary to achieve academic and personal success.



DCI Group Staff Attends Fundraiser for Alabama Tornado Relief Efforts

Hundreds of DC residents with connections to Alabama gathered on the rooftop of 101 Constitution for a fundraiser to benefit victims of the recent tornados that devastated Tuscaloosa. Organized by Story Partners, the event was attended by Senator Jeff Sessions and Representatives Terri Sewell, Robert Aderholt, Martha Roby and Mike Rogers. Over $350,000 was raised, which will go directly to three tornado relief funds: the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, the University of Alabama Acts of Kindness Fund and the American Red Cross. DCI Groupers in attendance were Kelley Robertson, Boris Zilberman, Eleis Brennan and Kali McNutt. Unfortunately, Eleis did not win the autographed George Strait guitar that was auctioned. For more information about the relief efforts, click here.

Boris Zilberman, Kali McNutt and Eleis Brennan



Patrick Pannett Deployed To Help With Disaster Relief for American Red Cross

People in more than half the country are seeking help from the American Red Cross as a record tornado season continues to devastate communities and serious flooding looms in parts of the Midwest. DCI’s Patrick Pannett was recently deployed to North Carolina with the Red Cross in the wake of a series of tornadoes as a member of the organization’s Advanced Public Affairs Team. In this role, Patrick works with first responders, governmental and NGOs, affected chapters, the national organization, social, national and local media to ensure the appropriate messaging and as needed crisis management is offered to all interested and affected parties.

In one particular case, the preparedness of Lowe’s employees kept customers and themselves safe when a tornado struck and destroyed the store in Sanford, North Carolina. Click on this link to see Patrick’s video from relief efforts on the ground:


DCI Group Sponsors the Annual Vital Voices Global Partnerships Award

DCI Group sponsored the 10th annual Vital Voices Global Partnerships Award dinner on Tuesday April 12th. Vital Voices is an internationally recognized organization with hundreds of global partners seeking to empower, educate, and encourage women that are building businesses and communities, saving lives, and bringing safety and prosperity to nations on six continents. Stacey Chamberlin, Samantha Sault, and Kali McNutt attended the event. Speakers included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sally Fields, Wolf Blitzer, and others.

To see some of the inspirational women that were honored that night, click here.


DCI Group Attends Washington Performing Arts Society Gala

DCI Group’s own Stacey Chamberlin, Tim Hyde, Dan Combs, Dan Meyers, Andy O’Brien and Patrick Pannett attended the Washington Performing Arts Society Gala. The event supported the organization’s art programming and educational community outreach programs.









National Marathon Participants

On March 26, 2011, eight DCI employees took on the SunTrust National Marathon and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half Marathon under brisk conditions to come away as champions.

Completing the Marathon were Patrick Pannett and Scott Schmidt with Jon Comick, Aaron Gardner, Skip Joslin, Kent Lassman, Alyson O’Connell, and Katie Stange finishing the Half Marathon. The race, which began and ended at RFK Stadium, ran through downtown DC past the Washington Monument, along the Potomac River, around Adams Morgan, and through Anacostia.

Congratulations to all of the runners from the DCI family who participated!



Annual Victory Fund Celebration Monique Hall sponsored a table at the Victory Fund Champagne Brunch, which was held on March 20th in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary. Participants at her table included fellow DCI employee Genevieve Wilkins. Monique’s effort raised $2,000 for the organization.











DCI Brussels Hosts US-EU Panel Discussion on the Middle East

DCI Group hosted its second American Conversations event at the European Parliament in Brussels. U.S. foreign policy experts and Members of the European Parliament joined together for an insightful discussion about the Middle East – the volatility in the region, U.S.-EU collaboration efforts and what the future holds. The event was attended by over 100 individuals, including Members of Parliament and their aides, representatives from the European Commission, Embassy staff, think tanks, academics and consultants.

DCI Group counselor Ambassador Robert Blackwill moderated the discussion between two key Members of Parliament, Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal) and Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA, Finland), Ambassador Martin Indyk, Senior Adviser to the U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel in the Clinton Administration, and Josef Joffe, the publisher and editor of Die Zeit, a weekly German newspaper.

Thanks to all the hard work of Catherine Bray, Miriam Warren, Tina Pelkey and Cecilia Zappala for making this event a smashing success that put DCI on the map in Brussels. Click here to learn more about the DCI Group’s American Conversations.


DCI Group employees wrap holiday gifts in preparation for delivery to the Capital Area Food Bank.

DCI Group employees participate in the Rebuilding Together Rock & Roll Paint-a-Thon.


DCI Group partnered with the Washington, DC based Capital Area Food Bank.

DCI Group and our employees contributed over $15,000 and supplied over 100 children with gifts and articles of clothing.

Through the individual leadership of our employees, DCI Group has also supported numerous other organizations including: