The Greater Washington Urban League's 34TH Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala Hosted By The Legendary Lou Gossett, Jr. and Distinguished Jackee Harry

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General Dynamics Senior Vice President Walter Oliver, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Regional Vice President Todd Heavner, and Microsoft Global Business Development Manager Corey Griffin are Co-Chairs of this Year’s GWUL Gala; Black Family Chairman Willie E. Gary is Honorary Chair.

Under the theme Lest We Forget, the 2006 gala will salute individuals and organizations that have committed their lives to fighting for civil rights throughout the nation. The special guest for the evening will be National Urban League President Marc H. Morial. Enterprise Rent-A-Car continues its partnership with The Greater Washington Urban League, Inc. and presents "A Car for Raffle”: a 2006 Red Dodge Charger, to raise funds for the League’s vital programs. This year’s gala will feature a special African American Wax Figure exhibit, sponsored by Verizon and presented by National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.

WHO: Maudine R. Cooper (President & CEO, GWUL), Marc H. Morial (President, National Urban League), DC Mayor Anthony Williams, Willie E. Gary (Chairman, Black Family Channel, & GWUL Co-Chair), General Dynamics Senior Vice President Walter Oliver, Corey Griffin (Corporate Support, Global Business Development Manager, Microsoft & GWUL Gala General Co-Chair), Todd Heavner (Regional Vice President, Enterprise Rent-A-Car & GWUL Gala General Co-Chair), Celebrity Co-host Lou Gossett, Jr. Celebrity Co-host Jackee Harry Community Leaders, Government Officials and VIP’s.            

                                                                                                     Gala Honorees: Dr. Dorothy Height (Emeritus Chair, National Council of Negro Women), Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams, General Julius Becton, George Ferris, Reverend Dr. Walter Fauntroy (former Congressman), and Frank Smith (former Councilmember, Founder African American Civil War Museum)

WHAT:     The Greater Washington Urban League, Inc. 34th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr.Scholarship Presentations By Safeway/Western Union, GWUL Thursday Network, Nationwide and Pepsi

WHEN:     Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception: 6 p.m. Dinner and Program: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Attire: Cocktail

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

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 Fannie Mae Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Comcast, Verizon and Coca-Cola General Dynamics, and Microsoft 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."


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