“Banding Together” Battle of the Law Firm Bands Concert Raises Over $325,000 for D.C. Homeless

The Unnamed Party Named Champion in Fourteenth Annual Charity Concert Competition

Banding Together ’17 Champ Unnamed Party — collectively from law firms Fried Frank, Paul Hastings LLP, Arent Fox LLP, and Hunton & Williams LLP — rocked a full house at the Black Cat in DC and alone contributed $44,000+ to the total raised to clothe the DC area homeless and less fortunate.


Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH) is pleased to announce that The Unnamed Party is the champion of the 2017 Banding Together contest! The Unnamed Party took the top honors on the Esquire Stage at the 14th annual battle-of-the-law-firm-bands competition, held last night at the Black Cat, where over $325,000 was raised to provide clothing to the area homeless.

The Unnamed Party is comprised of members from law firms Fried Frank, Paul Hastings LLP, Arent Fox LLP, and Hunton & Williams LLP. The Unnamed Party’s music rocked a full house at the Black Cat, alone contributing over $44,000 to the total raised.

Coming in first place on the downstairs Discovery Stage at the Black Cat was Solely in the Interest. Made up of musicians from Groom Law Group, Solely in the Interest raised over $11,500 to help Gifts for the Homeless provide clothing for the D.C. area homeless.

Celebrity Emcees from the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang kept the crowd entertained between sets and introduced bands throughout the evening. Justin Grieser with the Capital Weather Gang said: “The Capital Weather Gang was honored to again be part of another rocking Banding Together event–for the sixth straight year. The performers at Banding Together put on an awesome show for a fantastic cause, as always. We are thrilled to see the highest-ever amount raised. Congrats on this huge success!” Meteorologist Camden Walker added: “Plus, we love how weather-smart Gifts for the Homeless continues to be. It makes economic sense to stretch further each dollar raised by buying the bulk winter clothing during the warm summer months when prices are lowest!”

Honorable mentions also go to the second and third place finishers on each stage. The Porch Lights, with members from Hogan Lovells, was the runner-up on the upstairs Esquire stage after an incredible showing, raising over $23,500. In third place on the Esquire Stage was Attractive Nuisance, with members from Steptoe & Johnson LLP and a total fundraising of $19,600. On the Discovery Stage, the runner up was Buffalo Creek Disaster, with members from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and a fundraising total of over $9,700. Taking third place on the Discovery Stage was Buckley Sandler LLP’s band, Total B/S, which raised nearly $6,700.

In all, Banding Together 2017 was again a resounding success, raising an all-time high of $325,107 while 18 bands from throughout the D.C. legal community rocked the Black Cat’s packed crowd on June 22, 2017. And the hits will keep on coming, as 100% of these funds will go toward purchasing clothing and other essential items for the DC-area’s homeless population. GFTH, a non-profit comprised mostly of DC-area legal professionals, supplies new and used clothing to over 70 homeless shelters and other organizations in the D.C. area.

Said Bart Epstein, President of Gifts for the Homeless: “Tonight’s record-breaking event will translate directly into sharply increased support for the more than seventy area shelters that support the most vulnerable in our society. The 18 bands who played their hearts out raised more than $325K from their friends, families, colleagues, employers, and the vendors who support the DC legal community, and will now see Gifts for the Homeless use every penny raised to buy amounts of warm clothing and blankets for the tens of thousands of homeless families and individuals in the greater Washington area.”


GFTH wishes to thank all who made Banding Together a resounding success, and a fun and memorable night for over a thousand attendees. In particular, GFTH would like to thank our 2017 sponsors:

Superstar Sponsors

Driven, Inc.

Ernst & Young LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Hall of Fame Sponsors

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Boston Properties

Buckley Sandler LLP

Cooley LLP

Eversheds Sutherland LLP


Hogan Lovells

Latham & Watkins LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Wilson-Epes Printing Co., Inc.

Platinum Record Sponsors

Fried Frank

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Groom Law Group

HITT Contracting Inc.


Morgan Lewis

Ogletree Deakins

Paul Hastings LLP

Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh PC

Williams & Connolly LLP

Gold Record Sponsors

Ankura Consulting Group LLP

Arent Fox LLP


Environmental Resources Management

Foley & Lardner LLP

FTI Consulting, Inc.

Hunton & Williams LLP

Kroll Discovery

The Midtown Group

Palmer Legal Staffing

Peabody Office Furniture

Ramboll Environ

rand* construction company

Reisman Karron Greene LLP

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.


 Our 2016 Used Clothing Drive is over for the season.  But, we are still getting lots of interest from individuals and organizations as to where clothes and other items can be donated.  Our 55 recipient organizations continue to have needs and operate year round. 

Here are a few reliable and easy places to make in-kind donations of clothing and other items throughout the year:

 Martha’s Outfitters
(Men’s, Women’s and Children’s)
2122 14th Street, N.W.  
(202) 328-6608 
Contact:  Tony Washington
Donation information on the website:  www.marthastable.org

Central Union Mission
(Men’s and Women’s, Sheets and Towels and Blankets)
65 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
(202) 745-7118

A Wider Circle 
(Men’s and Women’s business clothing and accessories and basic household items)
9159 Brookeville Road
Silver Spring,  MD (301) 608-3504

Gude Drive Men’s Shelter (Chase Partnership House)
(Men’s warm clothing only)
600 East Gude Drive
Rockville, MD 
(301) 424-1380 (staff)

Interfaith Clothing Center
(Men’s, Women’s and Children’s)
751 Twinbrook Parkway
(Broom Middle School)
Rockville, MD
(301) 424-3796

Mission of Love
(Clothing and Household Items)
6180 Old Central Avenue
Capital Heights, MD
(301) 333-4440 (x408)

Call for drop off hours.  Not all of the organizations accept all kinds of donations, so it is best to confirm our information before you go.

See you at Banding Together in June and at next year’s Drive (December 1st and 2nd 2017 -Save the Date!)





GFTH, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, was busy the weekend of December 2-4 for our annual Used Clothing Drive.  It was another great success:  we delivered 3187 bags of clothes and other essential items to 55 local shelters.  This was an 2.5 percent increase in donations from last year’s drive.

This could not have been possible without the assistance of dozens of local organizations who participated.  More props to our amazing contributors to come!!