We joined literacy supporters Wednesday night at the Capital Hilton to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Everybody Wins! DC. Revelers took part in cocktail hour, both live and silent auctions, and a seated dinner with performances and an award ceremony to mark this milestone year for the District’s chapter of this non-profit.
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. The U.S. Senate helped launch the Power Lunch program at Brent Elementary School in Washington, DC on March 7, 1995. During the 2014-2015 school year, EW!DC will operate programs in 37 low-income public elementary schools, enriching the lives of more than 5,000 children in underserved communities throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Michele Roberts, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, was the Keynote Speaker. 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.