Art, Jazz, and Untapping Human Potential: The Hatch Launch Party

On an unseasonably warm February evening, more than 100 people turned out to celebrate our new name at the Hatch International Launch Party. Held at the Hillyer Art Space in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, the contemporary artwork on display provided a dramatic backdrop for the evening’s festivities which included live music, a silent auction, and a room full of festive partygoers dressed to the nines.

Two musical acts entertained attendees throughout the evening. The ReadySetGo Jazz Trio serenaded guests with standards such as "Ain't Misbehavin”, “Fly Me to the Moon", and "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You?" And rapper, poet, and storyteller Mike Myers (aka Addictive Nature) performed five original songs, weaving in a theme that resonated with many in the crowd: The importance -- and struggle -- of balancing our outside passions with busy careers.

Midway through the evening, Hatch International Executive Director Merry Walker took a few moments to remind us why Hatch’s mission is so important.

"The Hatch Party was a wonderful and fun event, but more importantly, it allowed us the opportunity to share the breadth of our work and the passion of our members,” Walker shared recently.

Other highlights of the evening included a slideshow featuring photos of Hatch projects at work both home and abroad, as well as past events. Several door prizes were handed out, and Bandha Bikes Co-Director Song Nguyen donated three original paintings to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going toward Hatch projects.  

Thank you again to everyone who made it out for our launch party, and we hope to see you at a future Hatch event! Additional pictures from the Hatch Party can be found here.

This blog post was written by Susan Patterson, Marketing and Branding Specialist for Hatch International.