February Newsletter
Even though February is the shortest month of the year we have much to talk about! We are two months away from our 24th Annual Everybody Wins DC Gala . We hope you have registered; the night will be one to remember!

The Minnon Friedman Award recipient has been named! Learn more about the 2019 Minnon Friedman Award Recipient, Peter Brusoe.
Minnon Friedman Award Recipient:
Peter Brusoe
The 2019 Minnon Friedman Award recipient is Peter Brusoe.

Peter W. Brusoe is Bloomberg Government’s Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Legislative Data Analyst in Washington, DC.

In this role, he manages data related to federal campaign finance, government affairs activity, organized interest group behavior, as well as legislative action from Congressional committees with a focus on the environment and agriculture.
Peter has been reading in the EWDC Power Lunch program since 2011 at Thomson Elementary School as part

Peter credits his love and enjoyment of reading to his parents, Mary Reyers Brusoe and Peter J. Brusoe, who filled their home with love and tons of books.
Partners & Volunteers in Action
Everybody Wins DC has been featured in Arlington Educational Television's "Partners & Volunteers in Action" segment for its longtime partnership with  Key Elementary School . See what our staff, Reading Mentors, and students had to share about the  Power Lunch  program. 

Mentors and supporters, SHARE this video with your followers to let them know how great it is to be a part of this organization.
24th Annual Everybody Wins DC Gala
Everybody Wins DC’s 24th Annual Gala is our largest fundraising event of the year. Join  Everybody Wins DC  as we celebrate 24 years of shared reading  with a magical evening of auctions, awards, dinner, and live entertainment to support our work across elementary schools in the DC metropolitan area.

This year, we are bringing themed gift baskets back to the auction! All Reading Mentors are invited to support the Gala by contributing items for the gift baskets, which will be featured in the silent auction. 

Check out the variety of themes for our baskets then bring your contribution to Power Lunch and give it to your school coordinator. You can help fill your school’s basket and/or contribute items that align with other themes as well. Remember to fill out a donation form

If you would like to donate other, larger items to the silent auction, become a Gala sponsor, or have any questions about the Gala, contact Holland Diz at hdiz@everybodywinsdc.org

We hope you can join us in April, along with hundreds of others, in what is sure to be a special celebration.

 Everybody Wins DC 24th Annual Gala

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: National Museum for Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Meet Our New Board Members
About John Fish

John Fish is an experienced government affairs professional with 28 years experience in the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as an in-house corporate lobbyist, where he led the development of strategic public poly initiatives.
About Arielle Elliott

Arielle Elliott is President of Bloomberg Government, where she is responsible for the growth of the division’s flagship Bloomberg Government product, which serves government affairs and government contracting professionals.
Staff News
It is with gratitude and thanks that we announce the departure of Director of Programs, Rachael Walker . After, more than a year of working to restructure and elevate the Power Lunch program, Rachael will conclude her position March 1, 2019. We want to thank Rachael for her literacy expertise, ingenuity, and diligence. Everyone at EWDC wishes her the best!

EWDC is pleased to announce the promotion of  Jordi Hutchinson  as our new  Director of Programs . Jordi manages day-to-day operations of the Power Lunch program, including supporting our school-based teams, partner organizations, mentors and students.

Jordi also guides and supports program evaluation and assessment, and the development of program improvement goals, objectives and priorities. Prior to assuming this role, Jordi worked with Everybody Wins DC as a Power Lunch School Coordinator at Brent Elementary School.

I hope you will all join in congratulating Jordi on her outstanding performance and wish her the best of luck in this role.
EWDC Gains 6 New School Sponsors
Everybody Wins DC has kicked off 2019 with new support for the Power Lunch program at 6 DC elementary schools. The American Petroleum Institute (API), Bloomberg Philanthropies, Clark Charitable Foundation, The Harbour Group, Skadden, and Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have stepped up to become Power Lunch School Sponsors:

Power Lunch School Sponsors assume prominent roles in the effort to spread the joy of reading to our Power Lunch program at a specific school. Many of our Power Lunch School Sponsors have employees who read weekly with elementary school students during their lunch hour to improve their lives through reading. The relationships built over the years between the mentors and the students strengthen participants’ self-confidence and improve interpersonal skills. 

If you are interested in becoming a Power Lunch School Sponsor contact Holland Diz at hdiz@everybodywinsdc.org
Mentor Recruitment Results Are In!
The Mentor Recruitment Challenge is over and the results are in! Thank you to each and every mentor that participated on behalf of Everybody Wins DC. We received 75 applications throughout the month of January. Well done! 

Although the challenge is over, the need for more mentors is still great. Mentors, you can still recruit new mentors. Visit our Mentor Recruitment page for recruitment materials and ideas. 
(Pictured from Left to Right: Bryan, Christina, Michaela (mentor), Will (student), Emma, and Miss District of Columbia, Cordelia)

Each year during National Mentoring Month , United Way, Deloitte, and the Mentoring Matters Coalition celebrate the contributions of mentors and mentoring programs to the growth and development of young people in the national capital area with the Creating Mentoring Moments: Mentor Recruitment and Appreciation Event.

Mentor champions such as our own Michaela Yarnell were honored for her commitment to mentorship.
Everybody Wins DC is on LinkedIn! Give our new account a follow for plenty of great articles, news, and discussions!

We have also created a group on LinkedIn! Follow the Everybody Wins DC Power Lunch Network , a hub for our volunteers, champions and supporters to stay connected, ask questions and become more engaged with EWDC. 

More Ways to Give
In addition to monetary donations, there are a number of ways you can support our mission:

  • Coordinate a book drive at work: In December, Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation hosted a holiday book drive on behalf of EWDC to provide books for Power Lunch students at 11 of our partner schools to read during Power Lunch sessions and add to their personal libraries. In less than a month, Monumental employees purchased 300 BOOKS that students had been asking for. Visit our Amazon Wish List to view a list of titles. Hosting your own book drive is easy! For more information on coordinating your own book drive visit our website here. 

  • Sign up to be a mentor: Student applications for Power Lunch have exceeded our expectations and we need more mentors to help. Become a Reading Mentor today and improve a student's life through shared reading! Apply here.

  • Connect with "EverybodyWinsDC" on social media: Keep in touch with our daily updates by clicking the social media icons below. Don't be afraid to mention EWDC we would love to hear about your Power Lunch reading sessions.

  • Host Reading Celebrations: Follow the example of our Power Lunch partner, EAB, who made the Winter Wonders Book Distribution even more special with guest readers and pizza.

  • Make "Everybody Wins DC" your charity of choice on Amazon Smile: Did you know Amazon Smile gives a percentage of your Amazon purchases to a nonprofit of your choice at no cost to you? It's simple to select "Everybody Wins DC" as the recipient:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com/
  2. Select "Everybody Wins DC" as your charity of choice
  3. Shop and Amazon will automatically donate a portion of the proceeds to us!
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