The Black Benefactors pose for a group photo at the Celebration of Giving event on August 26, 2011 in Washington, DC (L to R: Michael Coffey, Melissa Johnson, Jana Baldwin, Desy Osunsade, Tracey Webb, Thelma Jones, Stacey Trammel, Keight Tucker, Faith Bynoe, Jovette Gadson, Edward Jones and Tekisha Everette).
By Tracey Webb
BlackGivesBack.com & The Black Benefactors
WASHINGTON, DC - On Friday, August 26th, my giving circle hosted an event to celebrate our feature in the August 2011 issue Ebony magazine. Several supporters came out to celebrate African American giving in the Washington, DC region including social entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, community members and foundation leaders. Our event was held at the Dance Institute of Washington, a beautiful arts venue founded by Fabian Barnes, a former dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. It's also the site where we held our Ebony magazine photo shoot.
JoAnn Williams, the Executive Director of the African Continuum Theatre Company and one of our 2010 grantees, spoke to the guests about the importance of African Americans supporting African American led nonprofits and the arts community. Guests also enjoyed a spoken word performance by Nigel Greaves, producer and director of the MLK Streets Project.
We dined on hors d'oeuvres from Whole Foods, mini cupcakes by Bake Sweet Love, and wine from Cork Wine Bar while enjoying sounds by NY's DJ Michael Barclay. Our event was sponsored by the law office of Edward W. Neufville III and photography was generously provided by V. Terraunce Photography. I'd like to thank everyone who attended our event and it was wonderful to meet so many people committed to social change in the African American community! For more highlights from the event and to view the spoken word performance, please visit HERE (thanks to Keisha J. Reid for tweeting during our event)!
For more information on the Black Benefactors, visit our website at http://www.blackbenefactors.org/, and learn more about why I started the Black Benefactors on the blog of our partner, the Black Philanthropic Alliance HERE. I also invite you to join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/blackbenefactors (where you can sign up for our newsletter and view more photos from the event) and Twitter at @blkbenefactors.