Washington, DC — Marking its 20th anniversary in the presence of more than 350 prominent Orthodox Christian faithful and friends, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) celebrated two decades of delivering humanitarian assistance with an Anniversary Gala on May 8, 2012, in Washington D.C. The evening was an opportunity to bring together IOCC supporters and volunteers, recognize the accomplishments of IOCC and honor those who helped shape it into a global humanitarian arm of the Orthodox Christian Church. Gala festivities began at the US Capitol with an afternoon Congressional reception held at the Rayburn Building. IOCC board members and guests mingled with a number of members of Congress including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada, Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida, Rep. Andrew Harris of Maryland, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland, and Rep. Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts. Each lawmaker addressed the crowd, offering their congratulations on the IOCC milestone and praising the organization for its dedication to delivering humanitarian aid to some of the most volatile places in the world.