Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington culminates its 125th Anniversary Celebration with the 27th Annual Tim Russert Congressional Dinner

Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2012)— Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) will host the 27th Annual Tim Russert Congressional Dinner on Thursday, May 3,  2012 at the JW Marriott,  1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20014.  A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00pm followed by dinner and the evening’s program at 7:00pm.


The first Congressional Dinner was held in 1986 to celebrate BGCGW’s 100th Anniversary.  The event was created   to recognize government and business leaders for their contributions and commitment to the youth we serve throughout the Washington tri state area.


In 2009, the dinner was renamed to preserve the legacy of the late Tim Russert, famed NBC journalist and iconic host of the award winning news program, Meet the Press.  Tim served on the BGCGW Board of Directors for 13 years and became one of the organization’s biggest advocates, raising awareness and funds for programs promoting education and career exploration, technology, and capacity building.   Luke Russert, Tim’s son and highly talented NBC reporter, embraces his father’s love of the Clubs and will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies for the 3rd consecutive year.


“Mr. Russert’s legacy continues to be carried on by his family and honored by some of the area’s most influential residents.  “Since its inception, the Dinner has grown immensely and serves as our organization’s largest fundraiser, helping provide critically important resources while highlighting our kids.  As we proudly celebrate 125 years of service, we are delighted to be in the company of some of our finest political, business, and community leaders,” said Pandit F. Wright, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.


Past recipients of the Annual Congressional Dinner include Speaker of the House, John Boehner; General Colin Powell; Vice President Al Gore; NFL Commissioner- Paul Tagliabue, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.  This year’s honorees include:


Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards

US House of Representatives

Maryland—4th District


Congressman Robert J. Wittman

U.S. House of Representatives

Virginia— 1st District


Joseph M. Rigby

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

Pepco Holdings, Inc.


John K. Delaney and April McClain Delaney


Ryan Washington

2012 BGCGW Youth of the Year

Member of  the FBR Branch  @ THEARC

The 27th   Annual Congressional Dinner Sponsors include Stanley Martin Homes, Pepco, GEICO, PNC Bank and BF Saul Company.   For more information, questions or media credentials please contact: Morgan Crooks by email or phone (202)540-2328.



About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) is one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). BGCGW serves nearly 17,000 children in 18 sites, and a summer camp, all located in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Through a variety of educational, sports, and recreation, health, arts, and character development programs, BGCGW creates a positive environment where children are encouraged to develop their ambitions and turn them into reality. BGCGW helps boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character, and acquire skills that prepare them for school and for life as productive, civic-minded, and responsible adults. For more information on programs, please call 202-540-2300 or visit our website at

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