Annual Gala

Join us on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC to celebrate not only our great outcomes in the Kenilworth-Parkside community, but also our opportunities to move the levers of poverty on a national level! The gala will be a night filled with winter magic and will include a VIP reception, dinner, and live entertainment.

Friday, December 8, 2017

6 p.m.
Gala Reception and Networking
Pre-Gala VIP Reception with Honorees

7 p.m.
Private Photo Opportunity with Honorees
Elegant Cuisine
Dancing and Live Entertainment

Andrew W Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20240

Performance by Award Winning Jazz Artist, Nicole Henry

For more information or to learn how to become a sponsor, call 202.615.0935 or email at


Alma J. Powell is one of the nation’s most longstanding advocates for children and youth. A successful author and speaker, Mrs. Powell has helped advance the cause of young people in need for more than four decades. As chair of the Board of Directors for America’s Promise Alliance, Mrs. Powell is helping lead the 350+ partner network’s efforts to improve the lives of young people by connecting more of them with the resources essential for success. She also helps guide its GradNation Campaign, an initiative to raise the nation’s high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.

Lamell McMorris is the founder and CEO of the Washington, DC based companies, Perennial Strategy Group and Perennial Sports. In his work, Mr. McMorris offers strategic insight and external affairs services to some of the nation’s leading decision-makers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Additionally, he manages an in-house team of experienced government and public relations professionals, lawyers, and sports agents, offering a multitude of services to clients in a wide range of disciplines and specialty areas.

Host Committee Members

  • Melinda Hudson, America’s Promise Alliance, Co-chair
  • Debbi Jarvis, Pepco Holdings, Co-Chair
  • Ed Fisher, St. Elizabeth’s East, DCPNI Board Chair
  • Wendell Hall, The College Board, DCPNI Vice-Chair
  • Sterling Sperin, National Conference on Citizenship, DCPNI Board Member
  • Sonia Mccormick,  PNC Bank
  • Brenda Atkinson Willoughby, Georgetown University
  • John Gomperts, America’s Promise Alliance
  • Elizabeth Borders, Perennial SG


More Sponsors:

Malcolm Peabody

Sterling Speirn