BET Networks’ Debra Lee to Keynote Everybody Wins! DC’s Annual Gala

WASHINGTON, DC – Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is honored to announce that Chairman and CEO of BET Networks’ Debra Lee will deliver the keynote address at our 19th Annual Gala Celebration, and CNN Senior Political Correspondent Brianna Keilar will serve as the emcee. The gala is Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at The Capital Hilton, 16 & K Streets, NW from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lee oversees one of the most influential multiplatform media companies in the world and has guided BET Networks to consistent increases in viewership, revenue and earnings.  She has received countless accolades for her work and was named one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter.

“We are delighted that Debra Lee will be the gala keynote speaker, as she truly understands the importance of our children’s mentoring and literacy programs,” said EW!DC Executive Director Mary Salander. “Giving back to the African American community is important to BET and we are fortunate to have them as such active philanthropic partners.”

EW!DC is the largest children’s literacy and mentoring organization in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The “Open books. Open doors” themed gala will celebrate our students, mentors, community leaders and corporate partners through an evening of notable speakers, student performances, leadership awards, and a live and silent auction.

Other event highlights include: Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) receiving the Pioneer Award and the presentations of the Corporate Leadership Awards and the Mentor of the Year award.

Gala sponsors being honored: General Dynamics; DIRECTV; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; USAA; and Venable LLP.


  • Cocktail reception and silent auction: 5:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.
  • Dinner and program, including live auction: 7:10 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

During the 2013-2014 school year, EW!DC will serve nearly 5,000 students in 36 low-income public elementary schools through three signature mentoring and literacy programs. EW!DC partners with 115 Congressional Offices, Congressional Committees and Subcommittees, 110 companies and 20 federal agencies to bring much needed community resources to low-income schools. Through these partnerships 1,200 professional volunteers donate an hour of their time each week to mentor and read, one-on-one, with an underserved student.

For more information, please visit or contact Roopa Purohit at (202) 216-9467 ext. 204.



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