Greater Washington Urban League Salutes Corporate Supporters and Outstanding Volunteers at 64th Annual Membership Meeting

Apr 22, 2000

The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) held its 64th Annual Membership Meeting on April 22 to update the community on League programs and services, recognize supporters and elect new Board Members. The meeting was held at The George Washington University, hosted by university president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, who is a member of the GWUL’s Board of Directors.

More than 80 corporations, businesses and institutions were recognized for their sustained support, and five individuals and organizations saluted for their outstanding volunteer service. The seven companies/institutions receiving the top awards for outstanding support of the GWUL were ACS State and Local Solutions, Inc., AT&T, Fannie Mae Foundation, Lockheed Martin, the Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, PEPCO and Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

GWUL President and CEO Maudine R. Cooper says, “Our partners’ core support helps us to provide services in education, housing, aging and employment/technology training to more than 60,000 persons in the Washington metropolitan area during Year 2001. This is life-changing assistance that helps young people to maximize their opportunities for education and adults to compete in the economic mainstream.”

>Also at the meeting it was announced that Mario Morino, Chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners and the Morino Institute, and Jerry Martin, Vice President and General Manager of WBDC-TV, were the recipients of outstanding service awards from the GWUL. William O. Ritchie Jr., Project Manager for MVM Security, received the GWUL’s Chairman’s Award for individual, extraordinary service, given annually to a member of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board Member. Receiving the outstanding volunteer awards were C. David Alter, Annette Armstead, Aisha Davis, the GWUL Urban Roundtable auxiliary and Dr. Luther D. Robinson.

New members elected to the GWUL’s Board of Directors were General Julius Becton, U.S. Army retired and former Superintendent of D.C. Public Schools; Robert Blancato, Executive Director of Matz, Blancato & Associates; Angela Lee, Director of Government Affairs, AT&T; Ernest Drew Jarvis, Senior Associate of CB Richard Ellis; Earle F. Jones, Vice President, National Affairs - Mid-Atlantic Division, Comcast; William O. Ritchie Jr. (who moved from Advisory Board), Project Manager of MVM Security and Jose Rodriquez, President of Fort Meyer Construction Company.