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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

DC SCORES and Volkswagen awarded Leadership Greater Washington Youth Partnership Award

Tuesday night, DC SCORES was honored in front of an audience of 650 people for continuing to do outstanding work with more than 700 of the District's youth.

DC SCORES Executive Director Amy Nakamoto along with Dan Ehreiser of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., were rewarded with the 2010 Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Youth Partnership Award as part of Let It Shine, "a gala evening honoring the leadership stars who make our community brighter."

Leadership Greater Washington's annual awards dinner and silent auction took place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and attracted hundreds of community leaders, including District mayoral candidate Vincent Gray, Gloria Nauden of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and others. The organization's mission is to "identify and connect diverse leaders and to stimulate their collaborative efforts to maximize the health and vibrancy of the Greater Washington region."

DC SCORES and Volkswagen’s relationship dates back to 2005 -- when the automaker began supporting our organization -- and in 2009 Volkswagen partnered with us through our Adopt-a-School program. As such, Volkswagen is sponsoring DC SCORES programming at Marie Reed Learning Center.

To highlight the work DC SCORES and Volkswagen have done, several tables at the dinner featured framed photos of our program as well as students’ poems. Additionally, Calvin Cafritz, President, CEO & Chairman of the Board of the Cafritz Foundation, introduced DC SCORES and Volkswagen and presented the triangular glass award to Nakamoto and Ehreiser. And a montage of photos depicting our program was shown to the audience.

It was, undoubtedly, a banner night for DC SCORES and an event that helped continue to raise our level of recognition among some of the District’s most influential, successful and charitable men and women.

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