Cyber Security Executives Raise More Than $327,000 for Children

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TDI finds success in first ever White Hat Gala, raising money to support patients at Children’s National in Washington

"We’re so grateful to those who gave their time and dedication to this event as we raised more than $327,000 for Children’s National," said Paul Innella President & CEO of TDI and Chair of the White Hat Gala.

The inaugural White Hat Gala raised more than $327,000 for children treated at Children’s National Health System. Approximately 300 guests attended the festive black-tie optional gala at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Cyber security experts, leaders in the field, Government heads of the industry, VIPs, and Federal contractor executives, as well as Children’s National friends and staff attended this exciting evening of food, entertainment, casino events, networking and inspiration.

"We’re so grateful to those who gave their time and dedication to this event as we raised more than $327,000 for Children’s National," said Paul Innella President & CEO of TDI and Chair of the White Hat Gala. "It was a great start. We look forward to next year as we expect this to be more fun, see an even larger turnout, and raise more money for Children’s National."

All of the proceeds from the evening’s event will benefit Children’s National, providing specialty services, groundbreaking research for childhood diseases, and care to every child treated at the health system—regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

"In this uncertain environment in health care, especially pediatrics, support from events like the White Hat Gala is so important," said Kurt D. Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National. "This event will give more children a chance to thrive, to enjoy their childhood, and to live out their dreams for their future."

White Hat Organization

The White Hat organization was established in 2004 in the United Kingdom to protect vulnerable children through charitable means. Following this model, White Hat USA was organized in 2012 with the goal of raising money to help children at risk while providing networking opportunities for members of the Cyber Security community. The goal of White Hat USA is to provide philanthropic endeavors throughout the year. We set out to achieve this goal through the inaugural black-tie White Hat Gala in October.

Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National’s hospital is Magnet® designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, eight regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children.


TDI was founded in 2001 to pursue Cyber-Security / Information Assurance / Information Security as its core competency. Since inception, TDI has led hundreds of cyber security initiatives in both government and commercial arenas around the world. TDI has outstanding credentials in vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, Certification & Accreditation, FISMA compliance, disaster recovery and business continuity, incident response, network security, and all areas of cyber-security engineering. Finally, TDI pursues the latest developments in cyber-security through active lecturing at international conferences, publishing articles, and working on the cutting edge of cyber-security development programs. TDI is headquartered in Washington, DC and has offices in Norfolk, VA and in London, United Kingdom.

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