On Thursday, May 20, 2021, our community came together for our virtual Celebration of Community Champions: an hour of inspiration to celebrate our collective efforts and impact this past year. Together, we recognized the everyday heroes - including the donors, nonprofit partners, corporate supporters, and local government advisors - who stepped up to help our community navigate COVID-19.
“This evening, I am delighted to celebrate and give special thanks to you, our Community Champions. With your support and partnership, we were able to fund 300 local nonprofits to weather this crisis - over half of which are BIPOC-led.” –Tonia Wellons, President and CEO
“At The Community Foundation, our work is transformative. And it would not be possible without you, our Community Champions.” -Katharine Weymouth, Board Chair
Honoring Our Community Champions
We were proud to honor four incredible Civic Heroes and our Collaborative, Corporate, and Community Heroes - local individuals and companies that have shown up for Greater Washington in exceptional ways.
These inspiring individuals have demonstrated outstanding civic leadership and service dedicated to improving the lives of Prince George’s County residents:
Dr. Monica Goldson, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools
Steve Proctor, President & CEO of G.S. Proctor & Associates, Inc.
Dr. Alvin Thornton, former Chair of Prince George’s County Board of Education
Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (in memoriam)
Collaborative Hero: Food for Montgomery
Community Hero: Feed the Fight
Corporate Hero: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
“I am incredibly grateful for all the work you’ve put into truly helping our community survive and thrive. Tonight is all about celebrating what we can accomplish together” -special guest Abby D. Phillip, Anchor & Senior Political Correspondent for CNN.
Showcasing Local Talent
The Celebration also featured a cohort of renowned local artists, from four regional arts organizations supported by the Arts Forward Fund. These performers represent some of Greater Washington’s most impactful nonprofit arts organizations, including Arts on the Block, DC Jazz Festival, Joe’s Movement Emporium, and Synetic Theater.
Arts on the Block: Young Artists from Youth Arts Movement
DC Jazz Festival: Jazz Pianist Allyn Johnson & Friends
Joe’s Movement Emporium: Sainey Ceesay, Youth Poet Laureate of Prince George’s County
Synetic Theater: ‘All the Word’s A Stage’
The evening concluded with a heartfelt thank you from President and CEO Tonia Wellons to our Community Champions for joining the Celebration and for supporting our community throughout this truly unprecedented year. She offered a call to action for anyone who would like to continue partnering with The Community Foundation to support our community.