Greater Washington Urban League Honored Corporate Supporters and Outstanding Volunteers at 69th Annual Membership Meeting

Apr 23, 2007

The Greater Washington Urban League saluted more than 100 corporations for continued support and seven individuals for outstanding service during its 69th Annual Membership Meeting and Reception hosted on Monday, April 23, 2007 by the George Washington University.

The League’s utmost appreciation went to Corporate Platinum Sponsors who contributed more than $25,000 in support to the League over the past year. They are AT&T, Comcast, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, Fannie Mae Foundation, FedEx, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Metropolitan Grapevine, LLC, Microsoft, NBC4-TV, National Association of Broadcasters, Nielsen Media Research, Pepco, PhRMA, The RLJ Companies, The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Verizon, and WPGC Radio.

GWUL Board Chair Jerry A. Moore III, partner, Venable LLP, presented the Chairman’s Award to Sharon E. Smallwood Gund, Secretary of the Board of Directors, for providing extraordinary services as an individual board member. Gund served as chair of the Silent Auction Committee for the 2007 Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala, a position that is extremely labor intensive, time consuming and demanding. As a result of Gund’s leadership and the committee’s hard work, the auction was the most successful to date, raising nearly $40,000 for League services.

Annie P. Whatley, an economist in the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, received the Outstanding Service Award for providing outstanding service in a leadership role that enhanced the vital work of the League. Whatley, who is serving her first year as a member of the League’s Advisory Board, already has served on two key committees for the League— the Decades Party last September, where she recruited sponsors and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Committee where she earned the distinction of selling the most car raffle tickets of any single individual.

GWUL President and CEO Maudine R. Cooper presented the President’s Award to Pepsi Bottling Group for providing exemplary outstanding services to support the mission of the League. For the past two years, Pepsi has sponsored a scholarship for an Anacostia High School student; Pepsi employees volunteered to serve senior citizens at the League’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon and the company partnered with the League on two job fairs.

In addition to these three awards, Mark W. McGibbon, an agent with State Farm Insurance, received the Sponsorship Award for providing tremendous support and resources to the Thursday Network, the League’s young professionals auxiliary. A Meritorious Service Award was given to outgoing George Washington University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg for his support of the League.

Also recognized during the annual membership meeting are seven volunteers for surpassing expectations as they generously gave their time and talents in support of the League’s special events and programs. They are: Lois Turner Hopson Reeder, a retired educator; Cheryl Crowell, an agent for New York Life Insurance; Randy Raigns, entrepreneur; Leonard Aden, a senior loan officer for Bank of America; Arthur Knight, a senior volunteer; Officers Edward Brownlee and Warren Randall of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Some 300 persons attended the annual meeting, which included door prizes, a mini auction and a buffet dinner. Four local authors, Frank Ross, Thomas Lester, Rho Quander and Ron Baker were on site for book signings.