The National Character Awards is an opportunity to honor the individuals who have committed themselves to living out character-driven lives. Through a rigorous nomination and selection process, our committee selects award recipients in the fields of education, workplace, sports and family.

By shining a light on these character heroes, we are able to bring attention to the positive happenings in the world while bringing together people from all over the globe for one night of celebration and fundraising. An elegant evening set in the ballroom at the Wardman Park Marriott, 5 star dining and Esteban Gast as the host that put the fun in fundraising made our first annual National Character Awards Gala a memorable affair.



Creator and Host of Dirty Jobs, and current Host of Returning the Favor.

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Our Host

Esteban Gast


With his background in comedy and his years in the classroom, Esteban is a gifted communicator who loves breaking down complex issues.

He was a touring comedian at the age of 23, taught creativity and design thinking at the college level, co-authored a book on creativity while living in Central Illinois, and worked as president of a sustainability-focused institute in Panama. He is co-founder of Scriptd, a script database and story platform that elevates underrepresented creators. Most recently, he was the star of the TV show Jungletown, airing on VICELAND.


Stay tuned for a list of our generous sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dean D’Ambrosi for more information.


We hope you will join us for this memorable night in honor of character and those who embody it.


Located on 16 scenic acres in affluent Woodley Park, the historic Marriott Wardman Park is a favored destination among both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is perfectly situated just steps from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station, putting the White House and Renwick Gallery a quick metro ride away. A quick walk from the hotel is the National Zoo, Adams Morgan, and Rock Creek Park. Your adventure in the Nation’s Capital awaits at the historic Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

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