Category: PYN | Oct 25, 2019
WASHINGTON – America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, will recognize the work of four outstanding youth champions on October 24. The fifth annual Promise Night Gala will be held at the prestigious public high school Duke Ellington School of the Arts, in Washington, D.C. This year’s honorees are a community activist fighting youth poverty and inequity in Philadelphia, a renowned leader who catalyzed the world of golf to provide innovative learning experiences to young people, a trailblazing chancellor of Chicago's community college system, and a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist.
The honorees will be presented with the Promise of America Award for embodying the belief that every young person deserves to succeed, and every adult has a responsibility to help make that happen. True to America’s Promise’s commitment to youth leadership, young people will play a major role in the evening’s program. Duke Ellington students will introduce each honoree with original spoken word performances and play pivotal roles throughout the program. World-renowned opera singer Denyse Graves will serve as the master of ceremonies for the gala, which will include a special posthumous tribute to Peggy Cooper Cafritz, founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
“At America’s Promise, we know that caring adults are essential in unlocking the keys to success for young people,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO. “Our Promise Night honorees exemplify what it means to be a caring adult, and I’m honored to celebrate their energy and tireless commitments to America’s youth. I’m looking forward to continuing working together on our shared vision in which every young person can access the opportunities they need to succeed.”
The Promise of America award, the organization’s highest honor, recognizes extraordinary individuals who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of young people and, through their work, have demonstrated the power of the Five Promises—caring adults, safe places, a healthy and safe start, an effective education, and opportunities to serve—to change the odds, transform lives, and build positive futures.
“America’s Promise believes in giving every child and young person the resources, relationships and opportunities to succeed,” said Gregg Petersmeyer, the chair of the America’s Promise board of directors. “Tonight’s awardees are shining examples of how that is done. Promise Night is our chance to express our nation’s gratitude to these individuals for their work and to reaffirm our shared commitment to improving the lives of all children and young people.”
“America’s Promise was founded by top leaders in our nation to improve the lives of America’s young people and prepare them for success in the future,” said Michael Powell, chair of Promise Night. “I’m grateful for tonight’s Promise of America recipients, who are carrying out this important mission and bringing the promise of America to children both in their own communities and across the country.”
The 2019 Promise of America honorees are:
To date, the presenting sponsors for the 2019 Promise Night Gala are General Colin L. Powell and Mrs. Alma J. Powell. Platinum sponsors are The Ronald & Jo Carole Lauder Foundation and Sanford Programs/National University System. Gold sponsors are Walton Family Foundation, NCTA - The Internet and Television Association, Helios Education Foundation, Edward B. Rust, College Board. Silver sponsors include Travelers, The Boeing Company, Michael and Jane Powell, The MCJ Amelior Foundation, AT&T, Agnes Gund, The PGA Tour, State Farm, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Marty Rodgers- Accenture and The Honorable C. Gregg and Julie Petersmeyer.