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All The People Who Gave

April 16, 2015

Gen. Colin Powell, Mrs. Powell & Larry Gatlin (Photo by: Tony Brown for MBK Photo) Gen. Colin Powell, Mrs. Powell & Larry Gatlin

One of the most social things to do in DC is going to galas -- but one just held at the Howard Theatre raised a spectacular amount: nearly $1 million for education. It was the first gala held by America’s Promise Alliance started by retired Gen. Colin L. Powell and Mrs. Alma J. Powell.

The 300 or so guests hummed along as country star Larry Gatlin sang Misty, All The Gold in California, and other songs. Then he happily stuck around to mingle and get his picture taken with dozens upon dozens of fans bearing mobile phones.

One prominent social circuit editor attending the Wednesday night dinner was wowed. He remarked “how rare it is” for a new fundraiser to attract so much money the first time around the block.

NBC4 TV anchor Barbara Harrison (Photo by: Tony Brown for MBK Photo) NBC4 TV anchor Barbara Harrison

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

The Promise Night Awards gala, emceed by NBC4 TV anchor Barbara Harrison, recognized 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 was presented with the “Promise of America” Award, the highest honor conferred by America’s Promise.

Mrs. Powell, 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.  Tonight, 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.”

 

Beatrice and Anthony Welters with The Powells (Photo by: Tony Brown for MBK Photo) Beatrice and Anthony Welters with The Powells

Honorees were:

· 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

Larry Gatlin & honoree Sen. Lamar Alexandar (Photo by: Tony Brown for MBK Photo) Larry Gatlin & honoree Sen. Lamar Alexandar

“At America’s Promise, we believe in the American Dream, in making the promise of America for every child,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise.”We believe in an America where every young person has the chance to succeed, and every adult shares the responsibility to make it happen….”

Emcee Barbara Harrison hosts Wednesday’s Child, a weekly news program supporting foster care adoptions. Joining Gatlin on stage  then playing afterwards for those who wanted to dance was the terrific local band N’Demand.

The Powells with Wilma and Stuart Bernstein (Photo by: Tony Brown for MBK Photo) The Powells with Wilma and Stuart Bernstein

Major sponsors of Promise Night include State Farm, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Salesforce, AT&T Inc., The Boeing Company, EY, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, The Walton Family Foundation and Beatrice & Anthony Welters.

Attendees included: Janet Langhart Cohen, Frederic V. Malek and Mrs. Malek, Ann Hand and The Hon. Lloyd Hand, Elizabeth and Richard Dubin, The Hon. Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn, Roy Coffee, former Sen. Chuck Robb and Lynda Bird Robb, Michael Powell,  Kenneth and Jackie Duberstein, Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai, Calvin and Jane Cafritz, and The Hon. Stuart Bernstein and Mrs. Bernstein.

To learn more the organization, visit America's Promise.


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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 JStaihar@comcast.net 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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