We dropped by the annual Everybody Wins! DC Gala, held at the Capital Hilton, to hobnob with some of the District’s most philanthropic names.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder and CEO Ted Leonsis served as the keynote speaker the 18th Annual Gala March. CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar emceed this exciting evening as EW!DC celebrated the inspiring work of students, mentors and partners.
The owner of the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Wizards and Verizon Center, Leonsis has built an impressive career as an Internet pioneer, venture capitalist and published author. Notably, his charity network has supported nearly 400 local non-profits like EW!DC, where team and arena employees have volunteered in the Power Lunch program over the past decade.
The evening, aptly titled, “Open Books, Open Doors” celebrated the tremendous impact of literacy and mentoring on our society. Beginning with a silent auction that featured exclusive sports memorabilia, dinner on the Odyssey and a luxury travel package to St. Lucia, the evening also featured a seated dinner and a live auction.
EW!DC partners with the area’s top organizations, federal agencies and Congressional offices to serve over 4,500 students in 40 low-income elementary schools – making EW!DC the largest literacy organization in the metropolitan area.
Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. The U.S. Senate helped launch the Power Lunch program at Brent Elementary School in Washington, DC on March 7, 1995. During the2012-2013 school year, EW!DC will operate programs in 41 low-income public elementary schools, enriching the lives of more than 4,500 children in underserved communities throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.