For Immediate Release January 03, 2012

Contact: Roger Conner (703) 236-6218 (301) 252-7912 Patricia Pincus-Cole (202) 480-5553

Catholic Charities Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy during the “Keep the Dream Alive” Mass & Awards
Award to be presented on January 16, 2012 to USDA Under Secretary, Former D.C. Mayor, Local News Anchor and Former CCUSA Board Chair
Washington, D.C. – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington invite you to join us as we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and contemporary heroes who keep his dream alive through their work to reduce poverty in America. During the Mass & Awards four individuals will be recognized whose dedication and commitment to the community are helping keep Dr. King’s dream of equality alive. Following the event, there will be an opportunity for as many as 50 individuals to volunteer with women who reside at the Harriet Tubman Shelter. Volunteers will work one-on-one with women on an art project designed to allow clients to express their dreams and what Dr. King means to them. WHO: Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; Anthony Williams, former Mayor of Washington, DC; Andrea Roane, D.C. News Anchor for WUSA-TV (CBS); Janet Valente Pape, former CCUSA Board Chair and Executive Director of Catholic Charities Wichita WHAT: Keep the Dream Alive Mass & Awards WHEN: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. WHERE: St. Aloysius Church, 900 block of North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Note to media: Please contact Patricia Pincus-Cole for information regarding media set-up and to learn more about the volunteer opportunity that is taking place following this event. Additional Resources: Images from last year’s event can be accessed via the following link: About Catholic Charities USA Catholic Charities USA is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. ###

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