We went to the Omni Shoreham for the 44th annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Unsung Heroes Gala, honoring those who have made a significant impact as visionaries, philanthropists, and corporate and community leaders, including Mayor Muriel Bowser, recipient of the Unsung Housing Champion Award, and Ted Leonsis, recipient of the Unsung Philanthropist Award.
The gala began with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and an extraordinary program. With over 1,200 guests, there was no shortage of energy, especially once GWUL Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, R&B legend Patti LaBelle took the stage.
Proceeds benefited DC's Urban League, established in 1910 as a lifeline for Washingtonians of all ages. Here, Reed Smith’s Scott Bolden, his wife, Erika Bolden, Marcia Dyson, and Men Concessions’ Michael Melton.
The Urban League increases the economic and political empowerment of minorities, helping more than 65,000 annually. Here, sponsors Loeb & Loeb’s Ted Duver and Richard Lorenzo flanking Pepco’s Marc Battle.
Liz Ovits, Alfredo Flores & Heather Mahoney contributed to this issue.