On May 24th, 2016, College Bound celebrated our 25th Annual End of the Year Celebration at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of The George Washington University.
Nearly 600 supporters including donors, parents, partners, alumni and guests joined us as we celebrated “25 Years of Fulfilling Dreams: Pursuing a Legacy of Scholarship”. This culminating event celebrated another successful year of making college completion a reality for all of our graduating students.
This year’s emcees, Ellice Ellis (CB’16) and Aaron King (CB’18) engaged guests with their organic and fluid chemistry. Student Ambassadors, who served as greeters, registration attendants, and ushers along with the help of College Bound’s site coordinators, were able to welcome stakeholders and long-term supporters to this joyous occasion. The evening started with a warm and enthusiastic welcome from College Bound’s Executive Director, Kenneth Ward, and a greeting on the behalf of all College Bound alumni, Chesley Swann, who is also the 2015 recipient of the Juliette Tyler Lewis Award.
The audience then had the opportunity to hear from the organization’s Board Chair, Dr. Lauren Davidson as she voiced the continuous need for a program like College Bound and how ecstatic she is to see now the organization will progress over the next several years. College Bound then had the honor to present their Hall of Fame and Community Leadership Awards to DC Department of Parks and Recreation and Mr. Reginald Van Lee, respectively. DC Department of Parks and Recreation has been a longtime supporter and partner of not only College Bound but the residents of the Nation’s Capital. The Community Leadership Awardee, Mr. Reginald Van Lee, has spent nearly 30 years dedicating his energy to numerous private and public organizations to help them better implement their missions. He is a tireless advocate of several causes and has served on numerous boards of organizations seeking to better the community. College Bound was extremely pleased to be able to publicly acknowledge the work that both recipients have done for the greater good.
Following this, College Bound’s Site Coordinators presented site awards to celebrate the students, partners, and pairs who have gone above and beyond for the past year. These awards included Outstanding Partner, Team Work, Most Committed Student, and Exemplary Student. Although we were only able to give out one award per site, we are thankful for all our students and partners who have dedicated time to the program but also to working with one another. Jada Miles (CB ‘16) provided us with a dazzling tap performance as guests prepared to hear from keynote speaker, Mr. Malcolm “Mike” Peabody.
Mr. Peabody has been a longtime advocate of education reform in The District stretching back several decades. His speech reminded us of not only the importance of education for all but also of persevering in the face of adversity. Mr. Peabody’s words were not only inspiring for all of College Bound’s graduates but also to our guests who have a vested interest in the potential of our students.
Closing out this exuberant ceremony, College Bound awarded a record of over $150,000 dollars to juniors and seniors in the program, which will allow them to continue pursuing their educational goals. The night ended with a powerful speech from our Executive Director about the importance of the work College Bound does and how it truly is a group effort to make sure students are fully supported. We are extremely grateful to all of our community partners and would like to recognize the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) who has been a long-term supporter; providing day of staffing for the event. Thank you to all who were able to attend and celebrate our 25th Annual End of the Year Celebration with us!