Olympic gold medalist to speak at ‘A Night of Hope’

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The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation is holding a virtual gala this year in lieu of its traditional event due to COVID-19.

“A Night of Hope” will be livestreamed on Facebook and will include messages from founder MaliVai Washington and the foundation’s student athlete of the year; a silent and live auction; special guest appearances, including Lindsay Davenport; and more.

Throughout her career, former pro tennis player Lindsay Davenport ranked as the World No. 1 for 98 weeks, won three Grand Slam titles and was a gold medalist at the 1996 Olympic Games. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Davenport questions during the Q&A portion of the event.

Funds raised at the event will allow the foundation to be a source of hope to children and families for years to come, according to the foundation.

MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation’s gala has traditionally raised at least $250,000 annually and is its largest fundraiser. Registration is not required to attend but is encouraged in order to receive updates and bid on auction items.

Every donation made to “A Night of Hope” will be matched, dollar for dollar up to $25,000, thanks to the generosity of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund, according to the foundation. Attendees can register and make contributions at https://one.bidpal.net/mwyf.

“A Night of Hope” will be accessible via Facebook Live from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Go to https://www.facebook.com/LoveMWYF/live_videos/ to attend. Having a Facebook account is not required to view the event.

For further information, go to malwashington.com/gala.

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