Hostage US 2023 Annual Reception

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Hostage US 2023 Annual Reception

Please join us at the Hostage US 2023 Annual Reception

By Hostage US

When and where

Date and time

Monday, May 1 · 5:30 - 8pm EDT


Airlines for America 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Rooftop Washington, DC 20004

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About this event

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Registration is required for this event. Registered attendees will check in at the registration desk upon arrival and attendees will receive their name badges.

The Hostage US 2023 Annual Reception is on the evening of May 1, graciously hosted by Airlines for America on their outdoor rooftop terrace overlooking downtown DC. Hostage US has chosen to focus this year's annual reception around community - those that work on the issue, those who have been impacted by the issue, and those who support the issue. We look forward to gathering with our guests to discuss how we can continue to build this strong community around this issue.

The event will feature a short speaking program along with drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and engaging conversation.

5:30 PM - Annual Reception Begins & Silent Auction Opens

6:30 PM - Speaking Program (duration: about 30 minutes)

  • Rachel Martin, NPR
  • Liz (Frank) Cathcart, Hostage US
  • Dave Komendat, Hostage US, and retired Boeing Company
  • Senior White House Official
  • Jorge Fernandez, former captive held released in 2022

7:30 PM - Silent Auction Ends

8:00 PM - End

Learn more about the sponsorship opportunities for this event: 2023 Annual Reception Sponsorship

More About the Annual Reception & Hostage US

We look forward to gathering the community of leaders from the private and public sectors, including security, HR, legal professionals, former and current government officials, former captives, and their families. Our community is a strong network of organizations, individuals, and the government who care deeply about this issue.

The Hostage US mission is to provide practical, emotional, and professional support to families for the duration of a hostage and wrongful detention case, and to help former captives rebuild their lives once they are home. While Hostage US does not provide response efforts or advocacy to resolve cases, we fill a gap in services that help families deal with the unimaginable emotional, physical, financial, legal, and practical challenges that they face because of this crime.

Hostages, wrongful detainees, and their families also need assistance with responding to the captivity, advocacy to bring their loved ones home, as well as the support that we provide to get through the ordeal.

The Hostage US Annual Reception will be an opportunity for the entire hostage community to gather to discuss the issue of hostage-taking and wrongful detention and how we can continue to provide care and support for captives and their families.

Attire: Business attire

Directions & Access to Building

The reception will be held on the rooftop of the Pennsylvania Building at 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004. The entrance is on 13th Street between Pennsylvania Ave. and E Street, between the CVS and Pret a Manger.

Metro: The closet metro stop is Metro Center serving the Blue, Orange, Red, and Silver metro lines

Parking: There are paid parking garages at the locations listed below.

Parking Management: 1234-1270 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

National Place Parking: 560 13th Str NW, Washington, DC 20045

S&P Parking: 514 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20004


The following hotels are walking distance or a short car ride to and from the reception venue. Hostage US is not offering group rates at this time.

JW Marriot: 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Grand Hyatt:1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House: 1522 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol- Natl Mall: 550 C St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Steering Committee

José Freig, American Airlines

Paul Herring, SC Johnson

Dave Komendat, Hostage US

Bonnie Michelman, Massachusetts General Hospital

Alan Orlob, Orlob Group

About the organizer

$100 – $250