SOURCE: Greater Washington Urban League

March 15, 2007 13:13 ET

The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) Will Present the 35th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala Hosted by Former U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman and NBC4-TV News Anchor Jim Handly

on March 21, 2007

Leadership Legacy Awards Presented to Vernon E. Jordan Jr., John E. Jacob, Hugh B. Price, and Marc H. Morial and a Special Unveiling of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Great Blacks in Wax Figure; Robert L. Johnson, Founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television) and the RLJ Companies Is Serving as Honorary Chair of the Gala

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 --

WHO:    Vernon E. Jordan Jr. (Former National Urban League President,
        1972 – 1981); John E. Jacob (former National Urban League President
        1982-1994); Hugh B. Price (former National Urban League President
        1994 – 2003); Marc H. Morial (current National Urban League
        President 2003 – Present); Jerry A Moore III (Chair, GWUL Board of
        Directors); Maudine R. Cooper (President & CEO, GWUL); Robert L.
        Johnson (Honorary Gala Chair, Founder and Chairman The RLJ
        Companies); Walter M. Oliver (General Gala Chair, Senior Vice
        President Human Resources and Administration, General Dynamics);
        Todd E. Heavner (Co-Chair For Car Raffle,  Regional Vice President
        Enterprise Rent-A-Car); Corey Arnez Griffin (Co-Chair For GWUL
        Corporate Support, Global Business Development Manager, Microsoft
        Corporation); Beverly M. Harris (GWUL Board And Corporate Liaison,
        Vice President Of Diversity, Turner Construction Co.), and City
        Officials and VIP guests.

WHAT:   Under the theme "35 Years, The Legacy Continues...," the 2007 gala
        will salute past presidents and the current president of the
        National Urban League, who have committed their lives to fighting
        for civil rights throughout the nation. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
        continues its partnership with The Greater Washington Urban League,
        Inc. and will present "A Car for Raffle," a 2007 Chrysler Sebring
        Touring, to raise funds for the League’s vital programs. This
        year’s gala will also feature a special unveiling of the Whitney M.
        Young Jr. Great Blacks in Wax Figure, supported by a grant from The
        Verizon Foundation. The League will also kick-off a “Burn The
        Mortgage” fundraising campaign during the event.


        The GWUL 35th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala
        Scholarships will be presented by: Safeway / Western Union, Pepsi,
        Satouri Family Scholarship, Megwood/Heinegg Family Scholarship and
        the GWUL Thursday Network Young Professionals Auxiliary. The
        Whitney M. Young Jr. Community Service Awards will be presented to
        Todd E. Heavner, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Cynthia Smith and Lockheed
        Martin. The show production is produced by Major Jack Productions
        and will have featured performances by Robert Grey Elementary Drum
        Corp., Earl Carter and Friends Band, and the Arch Bishop Carroll
        Choir.

WHEN:   Wednesday, March 21, 2007 (Attire: After 5)
        Press Event @ 5:30pm - Exclusive Unveiling of Whitney M. Young
         Great Blacks in Wax Figure
        Reception: 5:30pm
        Silent Auction: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
        Dinner: 6:30 pm

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

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 the Fannie Mae Foundation,  General Dynamics, Comcast,
       Microsoft, NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), Enterprise
       Rent-A-Car, The RLJ Companies, FedEx, Metropolitan Grapevine, NBC4,
       Pepco, Target, Nielsen Media Research and Verizon, 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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