Everybody Wins! DC Gala 2010

Everybody Wins! DC held their 2010 Gala at the Washington Capital Hilton on March 09, 2010.  The event, as always, was well attended, showing the commitment that so many people have to this fabulous organization.

Vinny Hughes, Operations Manager for Everybody Wins! DC is picutred with Quin Woodward Pu, publisher of the news blog the Little Black Blog, and Amanda Holcomb.

Norah O’Donnell was the emcee for the awards and silent auction.

Mary Salander, Executive Director of Everybody Wins! DC, welcomed the guests to dinner and the awards ceremony.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan received a special introduction by a fifth grade student from Key Elementary.

Members of the Thomson Elementary Choir sang beautifully.

General Lyles presented the Minnon Friedman Mentor of the Year Award to Gerry Lamb shown with his mentee from Tyler Elementary School.

A student from Brent Elementary introduced her mentor Vicki Kennedy.

Mrs. Kennedy introduced and presented awards to Congressman Moran and Senator Harkin.

Senator Harking presented awards to representatives from Kirkland & Ellis, General Dynamics, and Verizon in recognition of their generous support of Everybody Wins! DC.

If you have a schedule that allows you to participate as a mentor with Everybody Wins!, I encourage you to get in touch with them.  They are a fabulous organization doing crucial work with children.

Everybody Wins! DC Gala 2009

Everybody Wins! DC, my favorite non-profit, held their 14th annual gala in March at the Washington Hilton.  Everybody Wins! DC attracts a dedicated legion of volunteers and supporters, many of whom spend their lunch hours reading to students in DC Public Schools.  Highlights of the evening included a silent auction and dinner, a live auction led by Bob Levey, a welcome by Executive Director of Everybody Wins! DC, Mary Salander, remarks by General Colin Powell, USA (ret.), a speech by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and award presentations by United States Senator Tom Harkin and United States Congressman Jim Moran.  What follow are a few of my favorite photographs of the evening.

Students from Brent Elementary Student Choir provided fabulous entertainment during a portion of the evening.

I want to thank Operations Manager Vinny Hughes for inviting me back to photograph the event and Leigh Chowdhary, Program Manager, for her assistance.  I look forward to the 2010 gala and encourage everyone to consider how they can support EveryBody Wins! DC’s efforts to build literacy within our schools.  Please visit Everybody Wins! DC’s webpage for more about the gala and their programs.