UPO 60th Anniversary Gala

July 20, 2023 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA

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For 60 years, UPO has helped people lift themselves out of poverty. To mark this milestone, we invite you to our 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration!

The theme of our Gala is the title of Maya Angelou's poem Still I Rise because each year, we help 55,000 DC residents who are determined to rise above their circumstances and thrive. 

Your generous support will help more people to reach their full potential by giving them the tools to achieve economic security.

You will see that each sponsorship level covers two events - our 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration and our annual MLK Jr. Memorial Breakfast, where we award college scholarships to outstanding DC students from families who cannot afford to give their children an education.

Thank you for being a leader and showing how much you care about Uniting People with Opportunities.


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton relentlessly advocates for DC residents and Statehood. She broke down barriers as a civil rights and feminist leader, as a tenured law professor, as a Fortune 500 Board member, and as a UPO partner.

President Jimmy Carter appointed her as the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1991, she was elected as Congresswoman for the District of Columbia. Her work for full congressional voting representation and for full democracy continues her lifelong struggle for universal human and civil rights.


Mark K. Shriver is a lifelong advocate for children and a bestselling author. He is the president of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and the former president of Save the Children Action Network. Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

His parents were Eunice Kennedy Shriver (President John F. Kennedy's sister) and Sargent Shriver, who created the Community Action Agencies across the U.S. that help people lift themselves out of poverty. (UPO is one of these agencies.)


Rev. Dr. Dana M. Jones

UPO President and CEO (2004-2019) and social justice champion


Vanessa L. Rawls (posthumously)

UPO Director, Office of Strategic Positioning; Project Strategist for DC's Shelter Hotline




Bainum Family Foundation

Bainum envisions a society where all children thrive, and partners with UPO to achieve it.



Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 

1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, D.C. 20004

A concierge desk is located near each entrance door for additional assistance.



Please plan to arrive early! There are metal detectors at the entrances which will slow your arrival. Also: If you park in the building, your car will have a security check when you drive in (they want to look through the car, check the trunk, etc.). 

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Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA

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