Events DC Invests $100,000 Annually in High-Impact Community Organizations to Foster Youth Participation in Arts and Athletics in DC

Washington, DC – (May 15, 2017) — Events DC, the city’s convention and sports authority, today celebrated ten organizations that collectively received nearly $50,000 through its community grant program, part of a total of $100,000 worth of grants provided annually. The community organizations, honored at a luncheon at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, included Beacon House, Capitol Hill Workshop, CityDance, DC SCORES, The First Tee of Greater Washington, The Fishing School, Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena, GALA Hispanic Theatre, United Planning Organization, and Washington Performing Arts.

“While we are known for our work in conventions and meetings, sports and entertainment, and special events, Events DC is deeply committed to the community,” said Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Events DC. “Without question, our work is powered by our vibrant neighborhoods, engaged residents and thriving non-profit organizations. We are so proud of these organizations and their work that is felt across DC – and we know that through their efforts, sports, culture and the arts help build and propel our community.”

As part of Events DC’s mission to power the community, the grant program provides financial support to outstanding non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting children through sports, performing arts or cultural arts in Washington, DC

“The community grant program represents an important component of Events DC’s commitment to building an ever-stronger city,” said Linda Greenan, Co-Chair of the Sports Committee of the Events DC Board of Directors. “Each year, we are proud to invest in organizations doing incredible work to enrich the lives of young people.”

“Events DC is proud to continue supporting local non-profit organizations that promote youth participation in the arts and athletics,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “Events DC strives to be an active and engaged community partner, and the grants program is an integral part of our community outreach efforts, as well as central to our charge to support and encourage youth activities in the District.”

Through the community grant program, Events DC awards one-year grants to non-profit organizations focused on enriching the lives of DC children or youth through structured sports or arts-related programs. To qualify as applicants, organizations must be incorporated in the District of Columbia as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code and must utilize grant funding for programs that support youth-focused sports, performing or cultural arts in the District of Columbia. All grant recipients are required to report on projects and programs supported by the grant, including budget expenditures and community impacts generated.

For more information about Events DC’s community grant program, including the application, visit www.eventsdc.com.

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Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com or find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC) and Instagram (@EventsDC).