Mentoring Organization Everybody Wins! DC Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Gala

Michele Roberts, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, is Keynote Speaker

WASHINGTON, DC – Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is honored to announce that Michele Roberts, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, will deliver the keynote address at its 20th Annual Gala Celebration. CNN Senior Political Correspondent Brianna Keilar will emcee the event.

EW!DC’s Gala will take place Wednesday April 22, 2015 at The Capital Hilton, 16 & K Streets, NW starting at 5:30.

During the Gala, EW!DC will recognize its Principal Sponsors for this event: DIRECTV; RAI Services Company; Sidley Austin LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and USAA.

Michele Roberts is the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Roberts serves as the primary advocate for all players, ensuring the protection of the organization and its membership, including serving as the lead negotiator in all collective bargaining activities. Prior to working with the NBPA, Ms. Roberts was a prominent Washington, DC civil litigator for many years.

“Michele is a tremendous role model. Her success and spirit are exactly what EW!DC tries to demonstrate for our students, to show them what is possible through reading, education, and strong mentor relationships,” says EW!DC Board Chairman, Mark Young. “We are so glad she can share her incredible story with us for this very special 20th anniversary celebration.”

Over the past 20 years, EW!DC has become the largest children’s literacy and mentoring organization in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 1995, EW!DC has served more than 60,000 low-income students, distributed nearly 200,000 new books for students to take home.

During the 2014-2015 school year, EW!DC is serving nearly 5,000 students in 37 low-income public elementary schools through three signature mentoring and literacy programs. Around 1,200 professional volunteers donate an hour of their time every week to mentor and read, one-on-one, with an underserved student.

For more information, please contact Catherine Gartland at (202) 216-9467 ext. 204.

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