FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2010
Contact: Andrea Rodgers, President & CEO of The Courage Cup
Phone: 202-422-2692
E-mail: andrea@courageforkids.org
Website: www.courageforkids.org

Courage for Kids Launches GIVE BACK-pack Initiative at Hudson Fundraiser

(Washington, DC) – Courage for Kids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered in the State of Virginia as The Courage Cup. Their mission is to create, find, and support programs in the Mid-Atlantic region through financial support and volunteer commitment. Courage for Kids strives to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, and our community, one need at a time. This year Courage for Kids is partnering with Bright Beginnings Child Development Center, a child and family development center located right in the heart of Washington, D.C. that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and their families. Courage for Kids has launched their GIVE BACK-pack Initiative to send the pre-K class of Bright Beginnings to Kindergarten with school uniforms, sneakers, and backpacks filled with books and school supplies. Courage for Kids needs to raise $3500 to cover these costs. A generous anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $2000 in contributions at $0.50 on the dollar to Courage for Kids, which has more than half of the total project cost already committed, and just needs community support to contribute to the last piece. This is the first phase of the initiative, as Courage for Kids has more planned for their sponsorship of the pre-K children of Bright Beginnings. Courage for Kids also supports Hands on DC’s annual Work-a-thon, and Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Bear’s Closet. For sponsorship information and press inquires, contact Andrea Rodgers at 202-422-2692, andrea@socialitemarketing.com.

On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Courage for Kids will host a happy hour fundraiser at Hudson, 2030 M Street, N.W., Washington DC 20036 to raise fund for the GIVE BACK-pack Initiative. This event which will feature the band Satin Doll, signature cocktails, and complimentary appetizers generously donated by Hudson. This will not only be a fun event, but a wonderful way to give back to the disadvantaged children in our community.

WHEN: Wedneday, April 28, 2010
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hudson
2030 M Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Ph. 202.872.8700

COST: Suggested donation of $20 at the door with a percentage of bar sales generously being donated by Hudson.

About Courage for Kids

Courage for Kids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered in the State of Virginia as The Courage Cup. Our mission is to create, find, and support programs for at-risk urban youth that directly improve the health and well being of those children in the Mid-Atlantic region through financial support and volunteer commitment. Courage for Kids strives to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, and our community…one need at a time.

COURAGE FOR KIDS BOARD:
Andrea Rodgers – President and CEO
Mike Carson – Vice President and CIO
Stephanie Baucus – Secretary
Lezlie Hiner – Director
Charlie Muldoon – Director

COURAGE FOR KIDS LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE:
Jackie Apel
Constance Christakos
Snezhana Conway
Sheena Franklin
Ashley Futrell
Ema Gantcheva
Andrea Hardison
Carrie Hull
Pamela Presley
Tracy Ridgeway
Nicole Williams
Andrea “Aunni” Young

About Bright Beginnings Child Development Center

Bright Beginnings (www.brightbeginningsinc.org) serves about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Bright Beginnings, Inc. was established in 1991 by the Junior League of Washington, who identified a critical need for quality childcare among homeless families in Washington, D.C. Since then, Bright Beginnings have met the needs of over 1,500 homeless children by providing families with childcare and on-site therapeutic and family support services. In 2005, Bright Beginnings launched its Early Learning Evening Care Program that is open to all working families in need of safe, reliable evening care.
Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homeless environments and was established to:

•Provide children with a safe, nurturing educational environment,
•Prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn,
•and Support homeless parents to stabilize their home lives and become self-sufficient.

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