UDC News


April 18, 2007

University of the District of Columbia Foundation’s Annual Gala to Feature Firebird Awards and UDC’s Best Entertainment

                        Washington, D.C. – The University of the District of Columbia Foundation’s Sixth Annual Gala, scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C will feature the inaugural presentations of the Firebird Awards to Congressman John R. Lewis, (D-GA) and Verizon Washington DC President Anthony A. Lewis.  The gala will also spotlight the talents of UDC students as the evening’s entertainment.  The gala is the Foundation’s primary fund-raising event, with proceeds going to support the University of the District of Columbia.  

            The Firebird Awards will be presented for the first time at this year’s gala.  Dr. William L. Pollard, president of the University, views this inaugural award in part as a tribute to individuals who embody the spirit of community service in the Nation’s capital.  “We are extremely proud to lend the name of the University’s mascot, the Firebird, to awards that honor such exceptional leaders.” 

            Two Firebird Awards will be presented at this year’s Gala:


            The musical talents of UDC students will take center stage at this year’s gala.  Highlighted performers include:

            Former District of Columbia Mayor A. Williams is serving as the Foundation’s Gala Chairman this year.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Dr. JC Hayward, anchor of WUSA-TV’s 9 NEWS NOW at Noon and co-producer of weekly "JC and Friends" features that air on the station's 5:00 p.m. newscast.

            This is the sixth year that the University of the District of Columbia Foundation has hosted their fund-raising gala, which is not only a celebration of the University, but a way for corporate and private citizens of the District to show their support for the good work being done at the only public university in the nation’s capital.  The purpose of the Foundation is to solicit funds for student scholarships, and to advance and benefit the programs and mission of the District’s “hometown university.”

            Tickets are available for this evening that combines outstanding entertainment and food with a program that supports the citizens of the District of Columbia in a unique manner.  Tickets are $250 and may be purchased by calling (202) 342-1988.








            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.