WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7, 2010 – Ready, Willing, and Working (RWW), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization focused on ending the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency, and criminal recidivism, hosted the Third Annual Magic & Miracles at The Ritz-Carlton, on Thursday, December 2, where they honored George and Harriet McDonald, founders of The Doe Fund (Ready, Willing & Able) and announced the launch of Ready, Willing & Recycling.
Over a hundred guests and supporters of RWW enjoyed cocktails, classic piano and magic tricks before sitting down to dinner and a presentation presided over by former Channel 7 anchor Paul Berry, who stepped in to MC when WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi became ill.
The presentation began with remarks from Drew Hubbard, Committee Director, Housing and Workforce Development, for DC Council Member Michael Brown, who commented on the economic benefits as well as the positive social impacts a program like Ready, Willing & Working brings to D.C. Following Mr. Hubbard was an introductory video by writer/producer Carl Kurlander (St. Elmo’s Fire, Saved by the Bell, etc.) and Matthew McClain of OkTake5 Productions.
Subsequent speakers included Robert Hess, Vice President of Ready, Willing & Able’s Expansion Program and Clarence Carter, Director of the DC Department of Human Services. Director Carter reinforced DCHS’s commitment to RWW and announced further advancements in a pre-fabricated facility for RWW on the St. Elizabeth’s Campus in Southeast DC.
Mr. Berry then announced the new venture Ready, Willing & Recycling, a work-place recycling program that will create jobs, reduce homelessness, and reduce waste. Through Ready, Willing & Recycling, District businesses and organizations can have their used ink and toner cartridges picked up by one of the programs trained workers at no cost and get a tax deduction.
Mr. Berry then shared the story of George and Harriet McDonald, founders of the New York City based The Doe Fund (Ready, Willing & Able), the program RWW emulates in Washington D.C. Patty Brosmer, president of Ready, Willing & Working, gave special tribute to the McDonalds for their vision and many years of successfully implementing programs that provide life-changing opportunities for thousands of homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals inspired the creation of Ready, Willing & Working in Washington, DC.
The evening ended on words from the honorees and George McDonalds concluding statement, “Work Works.”
This event also featured a guest appearance by Elaine Roecklein, Ms. Classic American Woman 2010 and was sponsored by The Squires Group, Inc., The National Capitol Bank, The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District, The Heritage Foundation, Capitol Hill Exxon, Judy Wood, CPA, and CHAMPS – Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce.
All proceeds from the reception benefited Ready, Willing, & Working.
Photos from the Third Annual Magic & Miracles are located in the righthand column under flickr photos.
At The Ritz-Carlton
1150 22nd Street, NW
6 p.m. Cocktail Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner and Presentation
With Master of Ceremonies
WAMU Radio Show Host
Honoring George & Harriet McDonald, founders of The Doe Fund (Ready, Willing & Able). Their vision and many years of successfully implementing programs that provide life-changing opportunities for thousands of homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals inspired the creation of Ready, Willing & Working in Washington, DC, and is what keeps us pushing for growth so we can serve many more who want and deserve a spot in our program.
This fabulous event will also feature a guest appearance by Elaine Roecklein, Ms. Classic American Woman 2010 and an introductory video by writer/producer Carl Kurlander (St. Elmo’s Fire, Saved by the Bell, etc.).
For more information, to buy tickets or to donate please visit http://www.magicandmiracles3.eventbrite.com
On March 26, 2010, Ready, Willing & Working, Inc. and The Doe Fund, Inc., in partnership with Building Partnerships, submitted a proposal to the District of Columbia for the lease, renovation and operation of a homeless shelter at The Gales School, 65 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.
If selected the dilapidated historic Gales School will be renovated to to the highest standards, and would be called the “Gales School Center for Opportunity.”
Ready, Willing & Working currently serves 20 homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals providing them with work opportunities and supportive services. Housed in the “Gales School Center for Opportunity” the program would be able to serve a greater number of individuals with a proven solution to ending homelessness and criminal recidivism.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
5 – 8 pm (Check-in starts at 3 pm)
After party at H Street Country Club
CAPITOL HILL – Whether you are a bicycle enthusiast or just like a good competition, Hill and Go Seek is for you. For a $20 entry fee, teams of two are invited to participate in this scavenger hunt style bicycle race hosted by the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District and CHAMPS – Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce.
Partnered with Capitol Hill Bikes, The Office of Tommy Wells, DDOT’s Capital Bikeshare and the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA), Hill and Go Seek will put the riders to the test – creatively and physically. Starting at 5 pm, teams will be given a list of ten points of interest throughout Capitol Hill. From Barracks Row to RFK Stadium, Eastern Market to the H Street Corridor – it is up to the riders to choose the best route between stops.
Points will be awarded for: completion speed; checkpoints completed; tasks completed; as well as other point-earning categories like creativity and participation using correct safety gear. Winners will be determined by greatest number of overall points, and will be announced at an after party hosted by the H Street Country Club.
Pre-registration is highly recommended and available online at www.hillandgoseek.eventbrite.com or at Capitol Hill Bikes (cash or check only) located at 719 8th Street SE.
Proceeds from Hill and Go Seek will benefit Ready, Willing & Working a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that 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.