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Sing It Out for Education

April 9, 2015


Gen. Colin L. Powell (retired) and Mrs. Alma J. Powell will recognize five outstanding Individuals at the inaugural “Promise Night” gala on Wednesday April 15 to benefit  America’s Promise Alliance’s cause to help young people. Country songwriter/singer Larry Gatlin,and local band N’Demand will entertain.

Country singer Larry Gatlin (Photo by: America's Promise Alliance) Country singer Larry Gatlin

Promise Night will begin at 7 pm with a dinner and program at Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC. 20001. (near Florida Avenue NW).  The emcee will be NBC Channel 4’s anchor Barbara Harrison, host of Wednesday’s Child, a weekly news program supporting foster care adoptions.

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership of organizations, communities and individuals committed to improving the lives of young people.

Its new event will recognize the contributions of five individuals spanning various backgrounds and sectors who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of America’s young people. Each will be presented with the “Promise of America” Award, the highest honor conferred by America’s Promise.

Mrs. Alma J. Powell, America’s Promise board chair, said, “The success of our country depends on the success of our youth.  Our honorees are paving the way for many of our young people to thrive in school and in life.  With this event, we recognize their efforts, the progress we’ve made as a country, and the work that remains, so that every child has the opportunity and support to reach their full potential and purse their American Dream.”

The Promise of America Awards honor champions who have answered the call of every American president for the last 40 years to fulfill the Five Promises for children and youth in their communities and in our nation: Caring Adults, Safe Places, a Healthy Start, an Effective Education, and Opportunities to Give Back.

Honorees include: 

Randall Stephenson, AT&T president & CEO

The Honorable Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator (TN)

Wes Moore, author and founder of BridgeEdU

Beatrice Welters, co-founder of AnBryce Foundation

Anthony Welters, co-founder of AnBryce Foundation

The event host committee includes Roy Coffee, Janet Langhart Cohen, The Hon. Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn, Ann Hand and The Hon. Lloyd Hand, The Hon. and Mrs. Frederic V. Malek, Andrea Mitchell, Craig Pascal, Victor Shargai, Michael K. Powell and Edward B. Rust Jr.

To learn more about Promise Night  or receive ticket or sponsorship information, visit America's Promise or call 844.693.2476.

Direct media inquiries to or call 202.797.7373 or mobile 202.494.2490.

Founded in 1997 at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, America’s Promise leads an alliance of organizations, communities, and individuals dedicated to fulfilling the presidential declaration signed on that day, calling upon the nation to keep five promises crucial to the success of every young person in America: the presence of caring adults in their lives; safe surroundings to live, learn, and grow; healthy starts and healthy childhoods; an effective education that builds marketable skills; and opportunities to serve others. 

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Messi and Argentine Soccer Mates Star in Georgetown

March 31, 2015

Rosalie Acampora and Gonzalo Higuain (Photo by: Pasquale) Rosalie Acampora and Gonzalo Higuain

Il Canale restaurant hostess Rosalia Acampora did what most soccer fans only dream of. 

She met one-on-one with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, whose Italian connection is playing for club team S.S.C. Napoli, as their Argentine national soccer team was in Washington, D.C. training for exhibition games.

She did it all for the love of her life:  musician Pasquale DePandi, who has a pop-rock band i-Talians in D.C. He is a huge fan of soccer, of course.

Lionel Messi on Georgetown U's soccer field (Photo by: Georgetown University Sports Dept.) Lionel Messi on Georgetown U's soccer field

When Rosalia learned that Argentina's national team was staying at a hotel in D.C.'s West End and working out in the gym there, she did what any enterprising girl would do: as a surprise she arranged for her and Pasquale to meet the world-famous players.

Naturally, mobile phone pictures were snapped.  If you don’t believe it, ask Rosalia to show them to you at il Canale.

The team scrimmaged for a week at Georgetown University’s soccer field with some of the Hoya players and where dozens upon dozens of fans gathered to watch.

We wonder how many other fans got pictures with the players. We wager very few did.

Kudos to Rosalia.


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A Starring Role at Il Canale

March 25, 2015

American actress and film producer Jennifer Garner dined on pizza and salad at at il Canale in Georgetown on Tuesday evening (March 24).

She is married to mega-star Ben Affleck who was not in attendance but one of their children was.

Garner gained fame for her performance as a CIA officer in ABC's spy action drama series "Alias." The TV series aired for five seasons from 2001 to 2006.  For her work in that series, she won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

She had roles in "Pearl Harbor," "Catch Me If You Can," and "Dallas Buyers Club."

Garner graciously took a picture with il Canale staff,  General Manager Vittorio Rosso, hostess Rosalia Acampora, and Crystal.

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