Monday, June 13, 2011

DC Young Professionals Kick Off Ambassadors of Hope Scholarship Campaign Benefiting Urban Promise

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, June 7th, Clinton Portis formerly of the Washington Redskins, Anthony Marrow of the New Jersey Nets, Pops Mensah-Bonsu of the New Orleans Hornets, UrbanPromise Founder and President Bruce Main, and UrbanPromise Executive Director Jodina Hicks along with area socialites came together to support unprivileged youth by kicking off the Ambassadors of Hope Campaign, a new initiative of the international nonprofit, UrbanPromise, whose mission is to equip children and teens with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership rooted in the principles of Christian faith.

The campaign aims to partner with professionals to create a network of leaders to be the voice of anti-poverty and promise for future generations through philanthropy and volunteerism.

The event was the first of many that will serve to increase awareness, engage potential donors and volunteers, and establish partnerships with other organizations. In the photo are the Ambassadors of Hope founders Belinda Ortiz, Janaye Ingram, Arlene Wube, Urban Promise Board Member, and Jodina Hicks, UrbanPromise Executive Director.

Held at BAR 7 in Washington, DC, the event raised over $55,000 for the campaign with sponsorships from William Teel 1 Source Consulting, Slow Bucks TV, Rita's Water Ice on H St in Washington DC, LRG, Wanna Bees Media, and a silent auction that included a 1 hour football toss with Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell, an autographed football of former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, a signed football and jersey along with a 1 hour lunch with Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, a 1 hour private yacht experience on Washington DC's premier business man William Teel's yacht, and a $5000 custom website from Zoot Soot Design. The evening's donation raffle included four personal training sessions and massages from Fitness Foundation, and a spa package from Hela Spa.

Clinton Portis (center) and the Youth of UrbanPromise

Arlene Wube, COO and owner of Suite 202 Events & Marketing grew up in Camden, New Jersey and was part of UrbanPromise as a youth. The organization helped Arlene become the prominent businesswomen she is today, heading her own marketing and events company, Suite 202 Events & Marketing, with her husband, Taz Wube. Arlene now sits on the Board of Trustees for UrbanPromise and assists in planning events throughout the east coast to continually improve the lives of underprivileged youth.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and live music and entertainment by event host Big Tigger of BET and WPGC. For more information on Urban Promise, visit the website at

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