D.C. Businesses and Councilmember Kwame Brown Hit the Links to Benefit D.C. Public Schools

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5th Annual Fields of Dreams Golf Tournament Hopes to Raise $100,000 to Expand After-School Program

On Thursday, September 18, Gelberg Signs will present the 5th Annual Fields of Dreams Golf Classic to benefit the Fields of Dreams after-school program, which aims to develop the athletic, educational and life skills of young people in disadvantaged areas of the District of Columbia. This year's tournament will take place at the Queenstown Harbor Golf Course in Queenstown, Maryland.

At-Large Councilmember Kwame R. Brown will participate in the tournament as Chair for his fourth year, with many other D.C. businesses and politicians committed to lend their support as well.

At each of the six District elementary schools, Fields of Dreams serves 20 boys and girls with a D.C. Public School (DCPS) teacher and a baseball coach working as a team both in the classroom and on the field. The program also operates in three DCPS middle schools, providing an in-school mentoring portion and after-school baseball training. The program has served over 1,000 young dreamers since 2002.

"Fields of Dreams gives D.C. youth a key to success by making it fun to learn important life skills," said Councilmember Brown. "The program combines athletics with education to motivate children to excel. I am honored to once again participate in this tournament."

Fields of Dreams is motivated by the belief that there is great value in combining athletic, educational, nutritional and citizenship training in a way that connects and reinforces each of these values for children. It aims to help the children develop these skills while increasing their self-esteem.

Organizers hope to raise $100,000 for this year's Fields of Dreams program through local business support and sponsorship of this year's Golf Classic. Local business support of the after-school program helps to keep Fields of Dreams' mission alive, while allowing these businesses an opportunity to invest in the future of the District and surrounding area.

"The Fields of Dreams after-school program creates a special environment for learning, exercising and building self-esteem," said Billy Karlin, Principal of the Meltzer Group, a Fields of Dreams sponsor. "Without the kids even realizing it, the program lets them learn important lessons while having fun at the same time."

As title sponsor of this year's golf tournament, Gelberg Signs has been coordinating details and managing fundraising efforts, with the support of At-Large Councilmember Brown. The D.C. sign company continues to reach out to potential sponsors throughout the District, especially fellow CBE vendors, who have interest in supporting D.C. Public Schools programs such as Fields of Dreams.

Registration for the tournament is now open, and will remain open through the day of the tournament. For more details, please visit http://www.gelbergsigns.com, or call Guy Brami at 202-882-7733.

About Gelberg Signs
Gelberg Signs is one of the region's leading designers and fabricators of commercial signage. Founded in Washington, D.C. in 1941 by William P. Gelberg, the company was purchased by the Brami family--brothers Guy, Luc and Neil--in 1988, after their father, Georges Brami, spent his career with the Company. From a 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, Gelberg Signs produces an array of exterior and interior signs, canopies, building identification, menu boards, dimensional lettering and electrical signs for companies including Marriott, Aramark, AARP, Sodexho, Rappaport Mgmt. Co., HMS Host, Mattress Discounters and Maaco Enterprises. They most recently managed the fabrication and installation of all signage for the new Washington Nationals'stadium. For more information, visit http://www.gelbergsigns.com.

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