Paul Berry to MC The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles Fundraiser on November 29

Ready, Willing & Working (RWW) is thrilled to announce that Paul Berry will be the master of ceremonies for the 5th Annual Magic & Miracles Fundraiser on November 29, 2012. The event will be held from 6:00-9:00pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE.

With more than 35 years of media experience, Paul Berry is one of Washington’s most respected journalists.   Paul is host of his own weekly syndicated radio talk show on Radio America where he discusses local and national issues with newsmakers, journalists, and Washingtonians.  In addition, Berry heads his media consulting business, and recently started his world-wide “R & B Travel” agency.

Paul was senior anchor for ABC-7”s 5, 6, and 11 pm newscasts in Washington DC.  Berry joined ABC-7 in 1972 from his native city of Detroit where he spent four years as an anchor/reporter at the ABC owned outlet WXYZ.  During his military service in the USAF, he graduated from the DoD Information School (DINFOS) and served with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) assigned to the Tuy Hoa Air Force Base in Vietnam where he worked as Program Director and Sportscaster.  While on assignment, Berry established the first independent FM radio station in South Vietnam.

Recognized as a “man of the people,” Berry is highly regarded in the Washington area for establishing two WJLA/community service programs, “Crimesolvers” and “Seven on Your Side.” Over the years, Berry has been recognized countless times for his relentless work and commitment to the community. In 1982, Berry was named the unanimous winner of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ted Yates award, given to the individual demonstrating outstanding professional and personal qualities in their contribution to Washington television news and public affairs.

In November 1982, Washington Mayor Marion Barry honored Berry by declaring November 12, “Paul Berry Day in the District.” On February 15, 1994, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly repeated the honor. Berry has also received community service awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Capital Optimist Club, and the Associated Press Chesapeake Broadcasters Award.

Berry received the 1986 Humanitarian Award of the National Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Leadership Conference in recognition of his long record of community involvement, particularly as a role model of Washington area youth. In 1989, Berry received both the Mid-Atlantic Professional Golfers’ Association -Citizens Award and the Olender Foundation “Generous Heart Award.” Washingtonian Magazine named Berry “Washingtonian of the Year” in 1991. He won the 1993 Capital Region Emmy Award for Outstanding News Anchor, and in 1994, Berry was voted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Silver circle” in recognition of his 25 years of contributions to Washington Television.

Active in the community, Berry is a member of several local civic, charitable and professional organizations.  He serves on the Board of Trustees for Ford’s Theatre in addition to several other boards including The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and the Paul Berry Academic Scholarship Foundation.  He is past president of the Chesapeake Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and currently serves as a commissioner for Maryland Public Television, and as a member of the Talbot County Tax Assessment Board, re-affirmed and appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley respectively.

 

Stay tuned for additional event details and ticket information.

VENUE CHANGE: The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles to be held at Atlas Theatre on H Street, NE

Please note our venue change! The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles will be held on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, located at 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. 

More details to follow.

Magic & Miracles is an annual fundraiser benefiting Ready, Willing & Working, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed by the Capitol Hill BID in 2008. The “men in blue” that you see in the business areas of Capitol Hill, Barracks Row Main Street, North Capitol Main Street and Adams Morgan are all formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals; many of whom have struggled with substance abuse. Ready, Willing & Working empowers these individuals to break their destructive cycles by offering a paid-work experience and supportive services that put them on the road to self-sufficiency.

The “Men in Blue” Celebrate the 4th at Capitol Hill Community Parade

The “Men in Blue” of Ready, Willing & Working celebrated Independence Day at the Capitol Hill Community Parade on 8th Street, SE (Barracks Row). Pushing their blue buckets along the parade route, they received some of the loudest cheers at the parade! The men passed out yellow balls, beads and candy to spectators. Check out our photo album on Facebook to see some of the highlights. On behalf of Ready, Willing & Working we hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

Save the Date for The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles at The Hill Center

The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles will be held on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE). More details to follow.

Magic & Miracles is an annual fundraiser benefiting Ready, Willing & Working, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed by the Capitol Hill BID in 2008. The “men in blue” that you see in the business areas of Capitol Hill, Barracks Row Main Street, North Capitol Main Street and Adams Morgan are all formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals; many of whom have struggled with substance abuse. Ready, Willing & Working empowers these individuals to break their destructive cycles by offering a paid-work experience and supportive services that put them on the road to self-sufficiency.

Love Antiques? Save the Date for Antiques Migration – Portion of Proceeds to Benefit RWW

If you love to collect antiques, be sure to mark your calendars for Antiques Migration, presented by River’s Edge Antiques. Located in Pennsylvania, River’s Edge Antiques will be bringing an eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles down to the Washington, DC area on April 19, 20, and 21. A portion of their proceeds will benefit Ready, Willing & Working (RWW), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization launched by the Capitol Hill BID in 2008 as a solution to end homelessness and criminal recidivism through meaningful employment.

Antiques Migration will be held in Arlington, VA at the Lyon Community House: 1920 N. Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201.

Thursday, April 19 – Sneak Preview 6:00-9:00pm ($5.00 entree fee benefits RWW)

Friday, April 20 – 9:00am – 7:00pm (Free Entry)

Saturday, April 21 – 9:00am – 5:00pm (Free Entry)

Delivery is available in the DC Metro area, and our “men in blue” will be assisting with the deliveries. Cash, Checks, and Visa/Mastercard will be accepted.

For information about River’s Edge Antiques, call 814-395-5267 or email uptonlloyd@live.com. You can also find them on Facebook; simply search for “rivers edge antiques.”

Vote for Ready, Willing & Working for Best Non-Profit in WCP “Best of 2012” Poll!

Vote for Ready, Willing & Working!

Washington City Paper is compiling their annual list of “The Best of D.C.” and one of the categories is “Best Non-Profit.” We want YOU to vote for Ready, Willing & Working!

RWW empowers individuals  to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a residential, paid-work rehabilitation program offering a holistic approach and supportive services that allow participants to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

Click here to vote for RWW as Best Non-Profit in D.C.

 

 

Highlight Video of Magic & Miracles – Honoring Nancy Squires and The Squires Group

The Fourth Annual Magic & Miracles event was held on November 30, 2011 to benefit Ready, Willing and Working. At the event we honored Nancy Squries and The Squires Group for their generous support of the program since its inception in 2008. Be sure to check out the video below for highlights of the event, featuring Nancy Squires and her presentation to the “men in blue.”

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Below is the video “Working It,” which was played at Magic & Miracles to honor Nancy and The Squires Group.

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New Year Brings New Contract for Ready, Willing & Working in the Adams Morgan Partnership BID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

December 19, 2011
Media Contact: Patty Brosmer, 202-842-3333
pbrosmer@rwwdc.org

New Year Brings New Contract for Ready, Willing & Working in the Adams Morgan Partnership BID

Ready, Willing & Working (RWW), a 501c3 organization aimed at ending the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency, and substance abuse in Washington, D.C., announces their new public space maintenance service contract with the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District (AMPBID) beginning on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2012. With the new contract, RWW will hire seven (7) formerly homeless and/or incarcerated men to perform street cleaning and landscaping services within the AMPBID boundaries, including the popular 18th Street, NW business corridor.

Ready, Willing & Working empowers men to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a residential, paid-work rehabilitation program offering holistic programs and supportive services that allow individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.  Modeled after The Doe Fund’s hugely successful “Ready, Willing & Able” (RWA) program in New York, RWW provides opportunities to the hardest to serve homeless population — single, able-bodied adults, the majority of whom have histories of incarceration and substance addiction.   Over 67% of graduates from the RWA program remain employed, independently housed and drug-free.  RWW is seeing similar successes for the District of Columbia’s homeless and formerly incarcerated.

“We are excited about our upcoming relationship with RWW and look forward to cleaner streets, improved tree box maintenance and working with a program that provides supportive services to empower people to become all that they can be,” said Kristen Barden, Executive Director of the AMPBID.

Ready, Willing & Working President Patty Brosmer is also looking forward to working with the AMPBID. “We’re grateful that the AMPBID has selected RWW to provide cleaning and landscaping services for their organization, said Brosmer. “We are confident that our clean team members will provide a visible improvement in the area.”

This will be the fourth contract for the Ready, Willing & Working program in Washington, D.C.; other service areas include the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District, Barracks Row Main Street and North Capitol Main Street. Ready, Willing & Working has also submitted an application with the District’s Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to provide cleaning and landscaping services within the business areas of Ward 1.

For more information about RWW, visit rwwdc.org.

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The Fourth Annual Magic & Miracles Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended The Fourth Annual Magic & Miracles on Wednesday, November 30th – it was a fun and fabulous evening! To those who couldn’t make it, we appreciate your ongoing support of RWW. Visit our Flickr page to view photos from the event. Below is the video tribute to Nancy Squires and the Squires Group for their support of Ready, Willing & Working, which was shown at Magic & Miracles.

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Experience the Magic of Opportunity and the Miracle of the Human Spirit at the 4th Annual “Magic & Miracles,” an Evening Benefiting Ready, Willing & Working

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

November 28, 2011
Media Contact: Kelly Maslar, 202-842-3333
kmaslar@capitolhillbid.org

Experience the Magic of Opportunity and the Miracle of the Human Spirit at the 4th Annual “Magic & Miracles,” an Evening Benefiting Ready, Willing & Working

Ready, Willing, and Working (RWW), a 501c3 organization aimed at ending the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency, and substance abuse in Washington, D.C., will be hosting the 4th Annual Magic and Miracles, on November 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Ritz-Carlton located at 1150 22nd Street, NW in Washington, D.C. WAMU Talk Radio Host Kojo Nnamdi will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Nancy Squires of The Squires Group will be honored at the event for her continued support and dedication to the mission of RWW. A silent auction will be held featuring items from numerous Capitol Hill businesses and The Ritz-Carlton, and Master Magician Aedryan Methyus will be on hand to amaze and amuse guests! Cocktails and a full dinner are included in the ticket price.

With support from the honorary host committee, which includes members of the United States Congress, The Mayor of the District of Columbia, and members of the DC Council, Magic & Miracles aims to raise money and awareness for the RWW program. Its goal is to expand the program to include all interested and eligible applicants.  Tickets are $150 per individual, $275 per couple and can be purchased online at http://magicandmiracles4.eventbrite.com.

All proceeds from the reception benefit Ready, Willing, and Working.

Ready, Willing & Working empowers men to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a residential, paid-work rehabilitation program offering holistic programs and supportive services that allow individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.  Modeled after The Doe Fund’s hugely successful “Ready, Willing & Able” (RWA) program in New York, RWW provides opportunities to the hardest to serve homeless population — single, able-bodied adults, the majority of whom have histories of incarceration and substance addiction.   Over 67% of graduates from the RWA program remain employed, independently housed and drug-free.  RWW is seeing similar successes for the District of Columbia’s homeless and formerly incarcerated.

“In the four years since we started Ready, Willing & Working, we’ve helped dozens of men become productive, taxpaying citizens, and fathers to their children, through paid work opportunities,” says Patty Brosmer, President of Ready, Willing and Working. “Most of our participants will never see a shelter or be incarcerated again.”

“This is great progress but so many more are seeking the same chance – we have literally hundreds of applicants that we cannot serve until we can expand our program.” Brosmer adds.

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