Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) Will Present the 35th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala on March 21, 2007

Mar 1, 2007

WHO: Vernon E. Jordan Jr. (Former National Urban League President, 1972 – 1981); John E. Jacob (former National Urban League President 1982-1994); Hugh B. Price (former National Urban League President 1994 – 2003); Marc H. Morial (current National Urban League President 2003 – Present); Jerry A Moore III (Chair, GWUL Board of Directors); Maudine R. Cooper (President & CEO, GWUL); Robert L. Johnson (Honorary Gala Chair, Founder and Chairman The RLJ Companies); Walter M. Oliver (General Gala Chair, Senior Vice President Human Resources and Administration, General Dynamics); Todd E. Heavner (Co-Chair For Car Raffle, Regional Vice President Enterprise Rent-A-Car); Corey Arnez Griffin (Co-Chair For GWUL Corporate Support, Global Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation); Beverly M. Harris (GWUL Board And Corporate Liaison, Vice President Of Diversity, Turner Construction Co.), and City Officials and VIP guests.

WHAT: Under the theme “35 Years, The Legacy Continues…,” the 2007 gala will salute past presidents and the current president of the National Urban League, who have committed their lives to fighting for civil rights throughout the nation. Enterprise Rent-A-Car continues its partnership with The Greater Washington Urban League, Inc. and will present “A Car for Raffle,” a 2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring, to raise funds for the League’s vital programs. This year’s gala will also feature a special unveiling of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Great Blacks in Wax Figure, supported by a grant from The Verizon Foundation. The League will also kick-off a “Burn The Mortgage” fundraising campaign during the event.

The GWUL 35th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala Scholarships will be presented by: Safeway / Western Union, Pepsi, Satouri Family Scholarship, Megwood/Heinegg Family Scholarship and the GWUL Thursday Network Young Professionals Auxiliary. The Whitney M. Young Jr. Community Service Awards will be presented to Todd E. Heavner, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Cynthia Smith and Lockheed Martin. The show production is produced by Major Jack Productions and will have featured performances by Robert Grey Elementary Drum Corp., Earl Carter and Friends Band, and the Arch Bishop Carroll Choir.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 (Attire: After 5)

  • Press Event @ 5:30pm - Exclusive Unveiling of Whitney M. Young
  • Great Blacks in Wax Figure
  • Reception: 5:30pm
  • Silent Auction: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Dinner: 6:30 pm

WHERE: The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC) Tel. 202-328-2000 (Ballroom)

WHY: The Greater Washington Urban League, Inc. is a major interracial, nonpartisan, nonprofit social services and civil rights organization using the tools and methods of social work, economics, law and other disciplines to bring about equal opportunities and equal access to African Americans and minorities in the Washington metropolitan area. Its mission is “to increase the economic and political empowerment of African Americans and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally in the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship.” Maudine R. Cooper, President of the GWUL states, “We could not provide the vital services that we do in the Washington metropolitan area without the support of corporate partners like the Fannie Mae Foundation, General Dynamics, Comcast, Microsoft, NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The RLJ Companies, FedEx, Metropolitan Grapevine, NBC4, Pepco, Target, Nielsen Media Research and Verizon, who are major sponsors of this year's Whitney M. Young Jr. Gala. Last year, the League provided services to more than 65,000 persons through our more than 20 programs in education, employment and training; aging and health services; and housing and community development. The support of our corporate partners enhances and expands our basic programs.”