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CHN’s 19th Annual Human Needs Hero Reception: July 13th

July 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in Celebrating Sister Richelle Friedman!

2023 Human Needs Hero Honoree

Reception: Thursday, July 13th 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

CHN’s Human Needs Hero is coming back in-person this year! Join us to celebrate a true champion for human needs.

Every year, the Coalition on Human Needs gathers advocates, from neophytes to veterans with decades of experience, to celebrate our community’s steadfast commitment to standing up for the most vulnerable in our society. This year, we are especially excited to honor an exceptional champion who has spent decades fighting for human needs: Our very own Sister Richelle Friedman.

For over thirty years, Richelle tirelessly brought the truth about poverty, equity, and meeting human needs to Congress, the White House, and the general public. As Director of Public Policy for CHN, her passionate commitment to justice was a guiding light for countless human needs advocates. As determined as she is personable, Richelle’s tenacity ensured key policymakers and their staff had to confront the realities of those living on the margins and could not ignore the policy solutions that work. Her tireless work contributed to real progress in fighting hunger and poverty. Richelle spearheaded the Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All campaign, a national coalition of organizations calling on Congress to protect and empower people with low incomes; promote job creation and strengthen the green economy; require the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share; and cut wasteful spending in the Pentagon and elsewhere. Her work brought together the human needs community and nurtured the next generation of policy advocates. Now that she is, as she says, “leaving her ministry in D.C.,” it will be a very special time for you and many other human needs advocates to celebrate Richelle.

In honoring Richelle, we are honoring the very personification of the values that make our Coalition special. So we hope you will join the Coalition on Human Needs in celebrating Richelle’s remarkable achievements, and help ensure we can continue the fight against poverty, systemic racism, food and housing insecurity, voter suppression, and other injustices that contribute to widening inequality and hardship.

This year is especially exciting for us, as it is CHN’s first in-person Human Needs Hero reception in nearly four years. While we’ve been happy to come together virtually, coming together in the same room has been sorely missed. So if you can, we hope you will join us in the beautiful Solidarity Room of the AFL-CIO, 815 Black Lives Matter Plaza NW, Washington, DC 20006 (formerly 815 16th Street, NW in Washington) to share in laughter, conversation, and food and drinks for a special evening in warm celebration of our much-loved Human Needs Hero.

This is our only fundraising event each year and all proceeds raised go to support the work of the Coalition on Human Needs. We are hoping you and/or your organization will honor Richelle and help CHN by becoming a Human Needs Hero sponsor. You’ll be listed in the program and receive tickets to the event. See full sponsorship information below.

Ready to sponsor? Use the form below to provide your tax-deductible contribution toward an organizational or individual sponsorship, buy lines in the program, or purchase individual tickets.
Because this event is a great opportunity to bring the human needs community together, we encourage sponsors to invite interns and new staff as well as experienced advocates who have shared much of CHN’s history.

Program Ad Deadline:

Please submit finished program ads electronically (no PDF’s, please) to Leo Nguyen at lnguyen@chn.org, by COB Friday, July 7th.

Please feel free to contact Julene Jarnot by email at heroes@chn.org or phone (202-223-2532 ext. 115) with any questions regarding sponsorship or ad formatting.

Important note: In the form below, “ticket” refers to one sponsorship for the first four categories. When sponsoring, please purchase only one sponsorship. If you are sponsoring, please email your guest list to Julene Jarnot at heroes@chn.org.

If you have difficulty with the form below, use this link instead. Prefer to pay by check? Please print and fill out the form at this link here.


July 13, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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815 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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