Friday, September 19, 2014

REEL to Honor Local Leaders with Service Award on Tuesday, Sept. 23

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 19, 2014)—The exceptional efforts of East of the River residents, educators, businesses and others often go unnoticed as they much prefer to work silently and behind the scenes, but they are making a difference in the lives of everyday people and in the communities we call home. In recognition and appreciation of their work, River East Emerging Leaders will announce the recipients of the 2014 REEL Awards for distinguished service and outstanding achievement in community service and outreach in communities east of the Anacostia river. 
The awards recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to REEL's mission of engagement and empowerment through such areas as neighborhood investment; volunteerism; education; prevention of crime and youth violence; increasing access to healthcare and wellness care; improving options for food nutrition and security; bridging generational and economic divides; and raising awareness of environmental concerns.  Community members, policymakers, elected officials, business leaders, professionals, and others are expected to be in attendance.
2014 Award Categories:
  • Ward 7 Individual/Organization/Business - making a difference in Ward 7
  • Ward 8 Individual/Organization/Business - making a difference in Ward 8
  • Butch Hopkins Memorial Award for East of the River Individual/Organization/Business
  • Board of Directors' Award - Special Recognition
  • Presidential Award - Special Recognition
For more information, e-mail the Awards committee at or visit
WHO:      River East Emerging Leaders
WHAT:    REEL Distinguished Service Awards
WHEN:    Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
WHERE:  Anacostia Playhouse (2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington, DC).
WHY:      To honor and celebrate East of the River Leaders
Conceived by a group of concerned citizens from Washington, D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8 communities, the River East Emerging Leaders (r.e.e.l.) is a nonprofit organization created to engage and empower the East of the River community by strengthening bonds between residents, businesses and government; stimulating interest in East of the River neighborhoods, and fostering dialogue that leads to solutions for community growth and investment. To learn more about r.e.e.l., visit:

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