Host Family Farewell 2017

We were delighted to honor our 26 amazing host families for the Class of 2017 on Friday, July 28th, 2017 at Chevy Chase Village Hall.

The purpose of the evening was to extend our greatest thanks to the families that host the 30 WIP Students during their 8 weeks in DC. The event was MC’d by Rebecca O’Byrne (hosted by Colet & Roger Mitchell) and Martin McKiernan (hosted by Sean & Dori O’Donnell.) The speaker portion of the evening involved remarks from Program Director Ronan Lynagh, Executive Director Bryan Patten, and Host Mom and Board Member Susie Hoffman. We were also delighted to have Board Member BR McConnon III of DDC Advocacy say a few words. BR will be taking over as Chairman when Jim Carroll steps down next year.

The WIP Class of 2017 provided plenty of entertainment for the evening to show their thanks for their host families. Arlene Walsh Wallace performed a reading on gratitude from Consolations by David Whyte, Sarah McLaughlin read a poem written by the program’s own Ronan Lynagh, and the WIP ‘Glee Club’ re-wrote the lyrics to some famous tunes to represent the WIP Experience.


(Sung to the tune of Sweet Caroline)

Look around us, everyone’s so so lovely

Filled with joy and happiness,

And when we think,

Thinking of June the 3rd,

How life was, without you there.

Chats, lots of chats, laughs and chats

We’ve become family…

We extend our endless thanks to the host families who are an essential part of the WIP summer. The conversations at the dinner table, the day trips to other states or areas, and the welcoming attitude of all are a significant part of what makes this the summer of a lifetime for the students.

If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact the office at or 202.772.3824

Host Family Farewell 2017

Chevy Chase Village Hall

Date Published
August 2nd, 2017

The WIP Glee Club performing their own rendition of Sweet Caroline