Sept. 11, 2009
WASHINGTON - The John Thompson III Foundation will host its Third Annual Foundation Weekend on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 at multiple sites in the District. Created by the current Georgetown University Head Men's Basketball Coach in 2007, the Foundation this year will host a benefit dinner for the Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA).
The mission of the John Thompson III Foundation is to foster community-based charities that serve at-risk children and families with a primary focus is education and healthcare. The Foundation partners primarily, but not exclusively, with non-profits in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region which specialize in programs targeted to underserved children and families.
This is the first year the John Thompson III Foundation is partnering exclusively with the WJA, an all-male middle school in Northeast D.C. Since opening its doors in 2001, the students of WJA have consistently improved their proficiency in math and reading, outperforming their peers in D.C. public schools by close to 30 percentage points. In addition, 100 percent of WJA graduates are enrolled in or have completed high school. This September the first group of WJA graduates will enter college.
The John Thompson III Foundation is committed to helping WJA achieve its goal of raising $10 million for their Opening Doors to the Future campaign, which Coach Thompson and his wife, Monica, serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.
All proceeds raised from the benefit dinner - to be held on Friday, Sept. 18 at the WJA - will go to support this campaign. Sheila C. Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hospitality and President & Manager of the Washington Mystics is the Honorary Chair for the dinner. Leon Harris of WJLA-TV will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
The JTIII Community Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, located at 1100 Michigan Ave, NE in Wash, D.C. Community partners include Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, YMCA, D.C. Department of Parks & Recreation and WJA. As in the past, the community fest will be a fun-filled event for children and adults, with food, fun, entertainment and information on education, health and well being and health screenings.
To purchase tickets, or to inquire about any of the weekend's activities, please call 202-508-8250. For further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.