The third annual DC SCORES Inspired Art Gala: An Evening of Voice and Vision, held at the Carnegie Institute of Washington on May 17th 2012, was once again an enormous success for the small non-profit with big aspirations.
The Gala honored Ben Olsen (center, above), the Head Coach of D.C. United, who was given the 2012 Inspiration Award for his continued work toward the organization’s mission, “to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.”
The innovative way DC SCORES goes about its mission is by combining poetry and the spoken word, soccer, and service learning year round. This method has affected the lives of over 6,000 students in the D.C. area since its opening in 1994.
The Gala, which featured a silent art auction and performances by six DC SCORES program participants, raised $77,000, a $6,000 increase over last year’s fundraiser. The Carnegie Institute housed the art, cuisine, and 225 guest perfectly.
In between the youth performances and awards ceremony, Grammy nominated songstress and longtime DC SCORES middle school music specialist Carolyn Malachi gave a crowd pleasing performance dedicated to Go-Go pioneer Chuck Brown, who had passed away the day before.
The highlight of the evening was an impassioned speech given by Ms. Kim, a parent of a poet-athlete. After moving to the area and witnessing the disrepair of the D.C. school system, she considered DC SCORES an extremely effective method toward childhood enrichment.
“What DC SCORES has given to the children in my neighborhood is hope self-respect, validation and oneness — love for themselves,” Ms. Kim said. “You guys are a lifeline to our children. You guys give them hope, purpose, and a chance to dream about better futures for themselves.”
To see a complete list of student artwork and to donate, go to the Scores DC website.