Greater Washington Urban League Honors Corporate Supporters and Outstanding Volunteers at the 68th Annual Membership Meeting

Apr 12, 2006

Platinum Sponsors and Caring Individuals Receive Spotlight

Washington, DC - April 12, 2006 The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) honored over 100 corporations, businesses and institutions for their continued support, and four individuals for their outstanding service at its 68th Annual Membership Meeting on April 11, 2006 at The George Washington University, hosted by University President, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg.

The Corporate Platinum Sponsors received the League’s highest acknowledgment: Altria, Comcast, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fannie Mae Foundation, Freddie Mac, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Nielsen Media Research, Pepco, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, UPS and WPGC Radio.

Those individuals who provided outstanding service in support of the League’s mission were also acknowledged during the Annual Meeting by GWUL Board Chair Jerry A. Moore III, partner, Venable LLP.

Cynthia Smith, vice president, human resources, Lockheed Martin Corporation, received the Chairman’s Award, which is given annually to a member of the GWUL Board of Directors who has provided individual extraordinary service to the League. Ms. Smith, who joined the League’s Board in 2004, chairs the GWUL’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament and is a member of the Fund Development Committee.

Walter M. Oliver, senior vice president, human resources and administration, General Dynamics, received the President’s Award, presented by GWUL President and CEO Maudine R. Cooper, for providing exemplary service to support the mission of the League. Mr. Oliver championed the tremendously successful 34th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala, serving as general chair. The 2006 Gala, held on March 15, is the League’s oldest and largest fundraiser, providing vital funds to support our services and supplement key programs.

Karen Price-Ward, regional multicultural community affairs manager, Southwest Airlines and Corey Arnez Griffin, global business development manager, Microsoft, received Outstanding Service Awards for their outstanding service in leadership roles to support and enhance the vital work of the League.

During the Annual Membership Meeting, the League also recognized the volunteers who generously gave their time and talents in support of the League’s special events and programs, surpassing expectations. They are Dora L. Hughes, Ivan Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Footman, Pamela Johnson, Frank Demarais, Theresa Jefferson, Mary Douglass, and William Thompson.

Contact: Queen Gladden, April 19, 2006 Derrick Acey or Cecelia Hull, 202-265-8200