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Laura Swanstrom Reece is a sixteen-year resident of the Washington Metropolitan area, she is a philanthropist and fundraiser at heart. With experience in corporate and grass-roots fundraising, event production on an Olympic scale, and volunteer management, this entrepreneur and member of The Washington Ballet Women's Committee is passionate about supporting the arts and other non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to make change in our nation's capital and beyond.

Business Leader and Philanthropist Raul Fernandez Named Fight For Children’s Chairman of the Board

Breaking news from the DC philanthropic community is that Raul Fernandez has been named the new Chairman of the Board of Fight for Children, a non-profit that helps to ensure that low-income children in Washington, DC receive a great education and stay healthy so they can learn. Fernandez was elected to a two-year term on Fight For Children’s board and selected as Chairman on February 28. For over ten years, Fernandez has been a strong supporter of Fight For Children and its signature event, Fight Night. He is widely known in the DC area for not only his leadership in business, but also his generous philanthropy.

Raul and Jean-Marie Fernandez

Mr. Fernandez succeeds Joseph E. Robert, Jr., who founded the organization in 1990, and served as its Chairman until his death in December 2011. “It is a special honor for me to be able to continue the work my close friend Joe began,” Fernandez commented. “We will honor Joe’s legacy by finding creative ways to do even more for kids in need through this great organization.”

Fernandez is Chairman and CEO of ObjectVideo, a private technology company that develops video analytics software for automated security surveillance. Fernandez is also Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a private partnership that owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and owns and operates the Verizon Center.

“It was incredibly important to Joe that Fight For Children’s work continue. We have a strong brand and team in place, and now with Raul’s leadership, we are well-positioned and eager to expand our impact,” said Michela English, Fight For Children’s President and CEO.

Kevin Plank, Raul Fernandez, Joe Robert and Jim Kimsey in 2008; photo by Vicky Pombo

Fight For Children, founded in 1990 by the late business and civic leader Joseph E. Robert, Jr., is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to ensuring all kids in DC, regardless of income, receive a great education and stay healthy so they can learn. Since its founding, Fight For Children has raised or leveraged over $450 million for education and healthcare programs serving low-income children in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.fightforchildren.org.

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