Bethesda residents braved torrential storms on Friday, June 1 for The National Center for Children and Families’ (NCCF) 10th Annual Art & Soul Charity Auction, an event that brings together nearly 500 supporters, philanthropists, and art enthusiasts each year.

Guests enjoyed live music from jazz artist Marcus Johnson, dined on hors d’oeuvres from Ri Ra Irish Pub, BlackFinn American Saloon, Diamond Catering, Olazzo, Mamma Lucia, and other acclaimed local restaurants, and bid on silent auction items that included a “stress buster” getaway and a Bruce Springsteen guitar.

The evening’s award recipients included Montgomery County Council Member At-Large George Leventhal, who was honored for his tireless dedication to the most vulnerable members of the community.

NCCF also honored the creators of Project Home, Kathy Connelly and Karen Murley, who volunteer their time to furnish and decorate apartments for NCCF families.

Two youth from NCCF programs, Tayvon and Anita, auctioned off artwork made by residents of the Greentree Adolescent Program (GAP), who had worked on the pieces for months in a volunteer-led art class.

From 5 to 8 that evening, NCCF hosted its 2nd Annual “Youth Arts Fair: Gifted, Talented, and Under 21 Showcase,” outdoors on Veterans Plaza, an event that brought together nearly 200 young performers and visual artists from all over the region.