See Forever Foundation Welcomes Dr. Maya Angelou for Annual Fundraiser to Support Namesake Schools; March 12 Event Hosted by Patti Austin

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13th annual fundraiser to be held at Historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.

“At SFF/MAPCS, our programs are creating lasting change in the lives of our students, helping to break a cycle of poverty created by broken social and educational systems,“ said Lucretia Murphy, executive director of the See Forever Foundation.

Patti Austin, Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist and Renee Poussaint, Emmy award-winning journalist, will join Jack Davies, DC-based philanthropist and AOL International Founder, and Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women and noted economist, author and commentator, as they honor students, staff and partners of the Maya Angelou Schools in Washington, D.C.

The event entitled, “Celebrate the Maya Way” is expected to bring together celebrity guests, alongside the talents of aspiring students in support of the important academic programs and wraparound services offered at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School System (MAPCS).

The See Forever Foundation (SFF) is the nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the transformative educational program and socio-mental wraparound services students receive at the Maya Angelou Schools. Founded in 1997 by David Domenici and James Forman, Jr., as a multi-faceted, comprehensive educational program for Washington DC-based, at-risk teens, the See Forever Foundation now supports hundreds of high school and middle school students as they pursue successful academic paths at the Maya Angelou Schools in the District of Columbia. The schools include: three successful charter school campuses, the school for adjudicated youth at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, and a Transition Center that provides academic and workforce development to youth and young adults under the supervision of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

“At SFF/MAPCS, our programs are creating lasting change in the lives of our students, and more broadly, helping to break a cycle of poverty created by broken social and educational systems,“ said Lucretia Murphy, J.D., Ph.D., executive director of the foundation and schools. In describing the school’s outcomes she said, “Students who have been incarcerated enroll in our charter schools; MAPCS middle school students enroll at our high school campuses; and our high school graduates enroll in colleges and universities across the country. We are changing lives, one student, one day, and one success story at a time – this is the Maya Way.”

The See Forever Foundation is pleased to recognize the Presenting Sponsors of its 2010 Annual Fundraiser: WilmerHale and Novartis AG. In addition the foundation extends its thanks to Lead Sponsors: Venable, Booz Allen Hamilton, Performance Video Systems, Ciminelli Landscaping, Plaza Construction, and Visionary (Individual) Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Morgan & Eileen Bramlet, Mr. Jack Davies, Mr. David Domenici and Ms. Cheryl Mills, Mr. Ted Leonsis, Ms. Shemin Proctor and Mr. Reid Weingarten.
Each year, with the support and attendance of Dr. Maya Angelou herself, the See Forever Foundation/Maya Angelou Public Charter School system hosts a dazzling and memorable fundraiser to ensure the continued success of its students’ educational needs. This year, details include the following:

WHAT:
“Celebrate the Maya Way” with Dr. Maya Angelou, a fundraiser to support the Maya Angelou schools in Washington DC

WHEN:
Friday, March 12, 2010

LOCATION:
The Historic Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC

THEME:
Celebrating national leaders and local “heroes and sheroes” who exemplify courage, compassion, tenacity, strength and leadership - traits exemplified at Dr. Angelou’s namesake schools

HOSTS:
Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Patti Austin; DC-based philanthropist and AOL International Founder Jack Davies; and Emmy-award-winning journalist Renee Poussaint

HONOREES:

  • Don Davis, See Forever Foundation Emeritus Board Member
  • Visionary Award
  • The Law Firm of WilmerHale
  • Maya Way Award for Community Service
  • Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Vice President & Global Diversity Officer
  • Maya Way Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Novartis AG

CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • $200, admits one attendee to the General Reception & Program
  • $100, admits one attendee to the Program Only

To donate online, visit http://www.seeforever.org

To donate by telephone, contact the See Forever Foundation’s Development Department: (202) 797-8250 during business hours

March 12 Celebration and Event Schedule:

  • 5:00pm — VIP & General Receptions
  • 7:15pm — Main Stage Program
  • 8:30pm — Special celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou and winners of Maya Way awards

Interested Media: please contact Eileen Bramlet at EileenBramlet@aol.com or via (571) 228-1906 for press credentialing.

Qualified press will be admitted to VIP events and escorted throughout the fundraiser to enable photography and interview opportunities.

About the See Forever Foundation:
Each year, the See Forever Foundation – the nonprofit organization that exists solely to support the programs and services of the Maya Angelou schools – hosts a fundraiser in support of the schools’ important educational programs and wraparound services for at-risk students. To find out how you can support the work of Dr. Angelou’s schools as a sponsor or volunteer, contact our Development Director Ingrid Padgett via telephone at (202) 797-8250, or email at ipadgett(at)seeforever(dot)org.

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