Bicentennial Celebration Announcement


Contact: Debra Kilpatrick Byrd

Phone: (202) 262-3987



PURPOSE: To celebrate the resilient service of the Hillcrest Children and Family Center over 200 years among children and adults with mental illnesses, physical challenges, and life adversities while acknowledging the legacy of First Lady Dolley Madison.

BACKGROUND: Hillcrest Children and Family Center is a behavioral health care and social services agency. Hillcrest is a private not for profit organization established in 1815 by First Lady Dolley Madison that is committed to providing each client with the highest quality of service.   Hillcrest Center services approximately 900 consumers per month. The majority of our clients are residents of the District of Columbia. For more information, visit

WHAT TO EXPECT: Three pre-events and a bicentennial gala will be comprised of Celebrity Speakers, Community Leaders and Health Officials. All events will provide valuable mental health educational tools to improve overall lives of individuals or families living with mental health illnesses, adversities and physical challenges.

PARTNERS: Historical Society of Washington DC; James Madison’s Montpelier; The Octagon Museum; National First Ladies Library; The President Woodrow Wilson House


Thursday, January 15, 2015: Press Announcement & Hillcrest Exhibit Unveiling Event, The Octagon Museum, 1799 New York Ave, NW, WDC. Press Event at 11am; Exhibit Open 11am-4pm

Wednesday, May 20, 2015: Pre-Memorial Day Military Families Health Fair, TheARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, WDC. 9am-1pm

Wednesday, August 12, 2015: Youth Empowerment Summit, DC Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl, NW, WDC. 8am-3pm

Thursday, October 15, 2015: Bicentennial Symposium and Gala, Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave, NW, WDC. 8am-4pm