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any of you have heard our story and been impressed with what we have accomplished in such a short time. Because of CharityWorks, Habitat for Humanity has 20 more lots upon which to build homes. A single mother and her daughter now have a home to call their own. Twenty-four local foster youths are on their way to a four-year college degree. New literacy programs have been set up in Maryland, Virginia and the District. Our story is compelling, and we are finally starting to be recognized for our contributions. We are excited to announce some upcoming events that we hope will make our fundraising efforts to benefit The Fishing School even more successful and fun in 2003. We were selected by Nordstrom to be the beneficiary of their Designer Event to be held on June 24th. Noted designer Michael Kors will be previewing his fall fashions in a fabulous runway show complete with an on premises boutique for shopping. We had some tough com-

petition and are honored to have been selected as Nordstrom’s partner. Thank you to Meredith LaPier for bringing CharityWorks to Nordstrom’s attention and shepherding us through the process. Thanks to George and Marilyn Pedersen and The Washington Area Bass Federation, we are going to have our first Bass Fishing Tournament this summer! Details are currently in the works, but this is sure to be the event of the summer!

We are also thrilled to announce that Hill & Knowlton has agreed to provide CharityWorks pro bono public relations services. The metropolitan area is going to start hearing about CharityWorks and the outstanding work we do like never before! We are grateful they thought the CharityWorks story worthy of this investment. Finally, thanks to Stasia MacLane, CharityWorks is about to get its first website. We are working with Jerome Smith and Diana Villarreal at BrandEvolve on the specifications for the site. In the near future, you will be able to get the latest CharityWorks news, events, Gala information and so much more right from your desktop. As always, thank you for your continued support; 2003 is lining up to be a ground breaking year for CharityWorks.

Terry Lineberger, 703.442.4888 President, CharityWorks

Fishing Tournament
Marilyn Pedersen, 703.821.2668


great special summer event is coming to Washington -the CharityWorks Bass Fishing Tournament to benefit The Fishing School. Yes, you "heard" it right! Thirty sponsored boats will be fishing for bass on the Potomac -- a great bass fishing ground. Former President George Bush, an avid fisherman himself, has been asked to be the honorary judge at the "weigh in", and we are waiting

for him to confirm the date. The tournament winner will receive a fantastic prize. We are working hard in obtaining a Hummer to be the prize. And this is not all, the fun will start at The Fishing School with a parade of over 100 Hummers bringing the children to the dock for the tournament. What a way to have fun while making a difference in the lives of children in our community. ■


The Fishing School
CharityWorks 2003 Partner
Sarah Richmond Reid, 703.748.9752


magine being a kid -- six, ten or twelve years old -- living in a neighborhood where there is high crime, drug dealers on every corner, people hanging out on the streets day and night, the sound of police sirens every hour. Another person shot. Another arrested. Another crack cocaine sale made. Another kid addicted to crack cocaine. This is where James, Caryl and Kelvin grew up . . . in our nation’s capital . . . in the very shadow of the Capitol Building. As they were roaming the streets one day, they saw a man moving boxes into a broken down row house on Wiley Street in Northeast. Being

curious kids, they asked him what he was doing. And thus began their experience with The Fishing School. In the next few issues, we will share with you their stories. Here is James’ story. James was raised by his mother with no male role model in his life, save the guys on the street – selling drugs, hustling others. The Fishing School changed his life. He learned what he could achieve if he tried hard, if he didn’t give in to the beckoning of the streets. When asked why he was attracted to The Fishing School, he said, “It was a beacon of light – the only positive thing in a bad area, a tough neighborhood where kids roam the streets, with nothing to do and no one to help them. Without

James Huff

The Fishing School, they don’t stand a chance. Like so many of my friends they would be dead or selling drugs.” Today, James is one of our nation’s finest, a Policeman. ■

Gala News
Victoria Sabo, 703.476.8579 Michele Welsh, 703.908.0156


harityWorks’ 2003 Gala, Sea of Dreams, to benefit The Fishing School will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2003, at 7 p.m. in the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC. This black tie event will include a cocktail reception with a silent auction, followed by a sit down dinner, a live auction and dancing to the band Odyssey. Preparations for the gala have already begun. ■ Kay Walsh, Decorations Chair, and Sally Hottle and Gail Tomlinson, Cochairs, concentrate on theme and mood translating a slim idea into a fantastic reality with their incredible handiwork. The entire decorations committee is in full swing creating another CharityWorks masterpiece.
Vicky Sabo

■ Terry Lineberger and Lisa Harder, Auction Co-chairs, focus their skills on developing strategies for soliciting auction items. Letters, graphs, forms and folders begin to appear. Rumors of a few surprises are floating in the air. ■ After hours, on weekends and in between clients, Fritz Michele Welsh Partlow created an exceptional, professional development package. She and Leah Gansler can be found working Saturday mornings and late Sunday evenings in an attempt to ■ guarantee a financially successful event. ■ Robin Fitch, called in to help with contract negotiations, coordinated an early food tasting. When asked, she will explain with great delight every aspect of the menu and the table settings.

■ Contracts for photography and entertainment occupy the minds of Chairs Debby Perras and Beverly Strean. ■ Tiffany Conaway keeps the gala Co-chairs in line balancing the phone calls and emails. ■ Dana Gordon, Membership Chair, not only provides names, phone numbers and emails, she personally incorporates new members into the organization. Robin Finnell manages to keep us all sane by planning special events and member meetings.

The Chairs along with the members have mobilized. They are excited and busy preparing for a wonderfully successful evening. Come join us. Help the dream float into reality on seas of giving.


Everybody Wins!
Jan Dombroff, 703.255.0660

Lisa Harder, 703.796.1993 Terry Lineberger, 703.442.4888


hanks to the partnership with CharityWorks, Everybody Wins! is thrilled to announce the expansion of their unique literacy and mentoring programs to six new schools in Maryland and DC. A wonderful new chapter in the life of the Program started this fall with the opening of two new sites in Montgomery County at Twinbrook Elementary and at Beall Elementary. Mentors and students are developing great relationships, and the waiting list students are anxious to get started. We want to be able to answer, “Yes!” to the often-asked question, “Do you have a mentor for me yet?” The Readers Are Leaders (RAL) program pairs students from Grades 4 to 6 with students from Grades 1 to 3. The RAL program is enjoying a tremendous expansion. The addition of RAL programs at Burrville, Davis, Thomas, and Tubman Elementary Schools has doubled student enrollment from 200 to 400. Student

enthusiasm for the RAL program is great, and teachers love it. Timid and reluctant students become more selfassured. Older students receive leadership training throughout the year and continually surprise and delight teachers with their developing skills. CharityWorks also supports Everybody Wins! programs at Key Elementary in Arlington. We are working to reach every child. The expansion of Everybody Wins! programs made possible by the partnership with CharityWorks is tremendous, but so is the need. Contact Everybody Wins! DC at 202.624.3957 or visit their website at to find out how you can help. On March 18, 2003, CharityWorks was honored with a special award for their generous support of the Everybody Wins programs. The award was presented at the annual spring celebration held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. ■


t is that time of the year when CharityWorks members get busy planning for the fall gala, and the Auction Committee is in full force and starting to solicit donations for the Live and Silent Auctions. The success of the auction depends on your generous support. Fabulous trips, excursions and weekend getaways, airline tickets, personal pampering, exquisite jewelry, sports items, catering, home collectibles, “fishing” related items, and anything else unique and exciting that one cannot purchase on their own are being sought from our wonderful friends and supporters. If you have any questions or need more information or ideas, please call Lisa Harder or Terry Lineberger. ■

Partnership Selection Committee
Kelly Baxter, 703.759.73908 Eileen Culligan, 703, 847.6949 Jeanne Reid, 703.821.1383

Everybody Wins! student and volunteer

pplications are now ready for distribution to qualified nonprofit organizations to be the beneficiary of our 2004 Gala. The applicants should be organizations whose programs improve the quality of life for children and families in the Washington Metropolitan area and focus on education, health or poverty reduction. We are depending on our membership and our Advisory Board to spread the word about this unique opportunity. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2003. Please call 703.286.0758 for an application or further information. ■


Orphan Foundation of America Debby Perras, 703.938.1018

Designer Event
Meredith LaPier, 703.734.4714



e are very excited and grateful that Nordstrom will underwrite Michael Kors' first Washington Metropolitan area appearance at an evening reception and runway fashion show to benefit CharityWorks and The Fishing School on Tuesday, June 24 at Halcyon House in Georgetown, DC. Kors has been designing sportswear for 22 years and was named the 1999 Womenswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. His fashions reflect American simplicity, luxury and understated style. Tickets will be $100 and seating will be limited, so make your reservations as soon as you get your invitation. Remember, all the proceeds will be going to CharityWorks and The Fishing School! ■

bby’s childhood was marred by emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her mother. At age 14, she was finally put into foster care only to move seven times in four years. Despite changing high schools three times and living in four foster homes and three group homes, she graduated from high school with honors while simultaneously taking community college classes at Northern Virginia Community College. In the fall of 2002 she started at George Mason University as a second semester freshman and earned a 3.5 GPA. In January, Abby left George Mason University for her spring

semester at University College Cork in Ireland. She is taking Celtic Religion through Women’s Studies, Introduction to the History of Medieval Ireland, and Introduction to Celtic Literature and Tradition. The following is an excerpt from a letter CharityWorks recently received from Abby: "Greetings. I want everyone at CharityWorks to know that they are helping me have the best year of my life. Every day I wake up and say after all I have been through this is incredible. But it wouldn’t even be possible had I not written that paper one year ago that gave me a scholarship from the Orphan Foundation all funded by CharityWorks and the wonderful people at GEO-CENTERS. I have never been happier." ■

Abigail Walthall with Eileen McCaffrey, Executive Director, Orphan Foundation


Members Corner
Dana Gordon, 703.276.8210


ongratulations to Sarah Richmond Reid and her husband Avo on the birth of their long awaited, precious son Avedis Thomas Reid III who arrived on December 3 and weighed 7 lb., 10 oz. Everyone’s prayers were answered on his safe arrival. We would like to welcome CharityWorks newest members: Karen Alcalde, Vici Boguess, Joan Carrese, Lindsay Comparato, Sarah Culvahouse, Lynne DeLay, Sue Falk, April Georgelas, Linda Renzulli, Lin Roderick, Katherine Siciliano, and Cindy Stamp, Diana Villarreal, Judith

Werner. We would like to note that with the addition of Judith Werner, Kelly Baxter’s mother, and Sarah Culvahouse, Pamela’s daughter, we now have six mother/daughter teams at CharityWorks. For those keeping record, the other teams are: Christine and Leah Gansler, Dina Mackney and Andy Scamardo; Stasia and Katherine MacLane; and Jenny Warren, and Maggie and Marilyn Pedersen. The heart and soul of CharityWorks is its members. The dues that members contribute pay for our operating costs. When you receive an invitation to an event, your dues make it possible. When you receive an email or call from our office, your dues pay for

the connection. It is paramount that we continue to renew our membership -- not just for the volunteer efforts that drive the organization, but also for the financial support, which CharityWorks needs to operate. If you have a friend, neighbor, or acquaintance you would like to introduce to our organization, please contact Dana Gordon or the CharityWorks office, and we will be happy to forward a membership packet. Our 2003 Membership Directory is almost completed. If you have changed your e-mail, home address or phone number, please contact the office with the updated information. ■

Decorations Committee
Kay Walsh, 703.759.7046


t is just about time to go fishing. That’s right, to kick off the year for The Fishing School, we are going to dive right into our fantastic theme of SEA OF DREAMS. This year’s gala, as you all may have heard, will be at the Ronald Reagan Building on 14th Street in Washington, D.C. It is an awesome site with a towering atrium…let’s just say high drama. So, our first adventure was a short meeting at the CharityWorks office on March 14, and then a group of members went downtown to investigate the gala site. So far we have been thinking fish … seaweed… clams… seashells… seahorses… coral and of course beautiful blues and aquas for the centerpieces. Some wonderful ideas have been flowing. The steering committee actually all jumped on the boat as we raided every Michael’s Store east of the Mississippi. A big, big thanks to all you ladies who picked up

turquoise berries and grapes on the sale table. Gosh, it feels so good to get a great bargain. We are beginning our decorating meetings in mid-March. Maybe the snow goddess will have taken her powers somewhere else. Spring sure sounds good to all of us. Don’t hold your breath, but we’ll be in touch later for an update.

Sea of Dreams


Development Committee
Pam Culvahouse, 703.739.2924 Leah Gansler, 703.356.6069 Marilyn Pedersen, 703.821.2668 Stacey Reynolds, 703.264.8896 Mary Ann Ronald, 301.947.5880 Carol Seitz, 703.742.3908 way to “unlock the door” and give children an opportunity to become productive citizens. With the nation in a state of war, with the stock market collapsing, with non-profits experiencing a severe decline in revenues, we need your support more than ever to make the dreams of The Fishing School a reality. A new building, buses and extended educational activities are needed in order to double the impact of the programs offered by The Fishing School. Funding made possible through the CharityWorks partnership will allow The Fishing School to cast a safety net to another 100 plus children. Nancy and Donald deLaski Foundation Tom Dziedzic Video Enterprise Solutions Group/Victoria and William Sabo Robin and Tom Finnell Leah and Jacques Gansler General Dynamics Corporation Dana Gordon and Edward Yingling Hill & Knowlton JuiceBox Design Communications/Peter Fellows Kimsey Foundation Kreative Design/KayWalsh Terry and Robin Lineberger Jeff Lubin Photography ManTech International/Marilyn and George Pedersen Nordstrom Paras Productions Peterson Family Foundation Raytheon International, Inc. Wachovia Wealth Management/Deborah Shore Michele and John Welch WEST*GROUP


iolent crime, alcohol, substance abuse and unemployment are destroying our cities and having a devastating impact on society. Children, our most vulnerable citizens, are suffering the most and need an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and deprivation that surrounds them. In two of the most crime-ridden, despondent neighborhoods in Northeast Washington, The Fishing School is that opportunity. It is a refuge from violence, addiction and abuse. The Fishing School brings hope, skills and education to economically disadvantaged children. The programs offered by the school are what our nation’s capital needs to begin reversing the startling rates of failure in public schools. An education is the best

We are grateful to the following individuals and corporations who have already pledged their support:
BAE SYSTEMS/Mary Ann and Mark Ronald Kelly Baxter and Ned Wheeler BearingPoint Tiffany and Tom Conaway

Special Events Committee
Robin Finnell, 703.237.2150 Tiffany Conaway, 703.848.2540


he Special Events Committee is busy trying to create some wonderful outings for our members. On April 8, at 10 a.m., there will be a new member coffee and orientation at Leah Gansler's home. This will give new members an opportunity to learn about CharityWorks, ask questions in a small setting environment, sign up for committees and, hopefully, make new friends while having fun and raising funds. Please call Dana Gordon at 703.276.8210 if you plan to attend. A trip on April 29 to Hillwood Museum and Gardens will be our first outing this year. The Museum, which is set on 25 acres, features the most

comprehensive collection of 18th and 19th century Russian art outside of Russia. Artwork is displayed in a grand setting as it was when Marjorie Merriweather Post founded Hillwood. We will meet at the CharityWorks office at 8:45 a.m. and carpool into Washington. The Museum opens at 9:30 a.m. which will give us ample time to tour on our own or follow the audio guide. At 11 a.m. we will have a guided tour of the gardens and then have lunch in the café. After lunch we will have the opportunity to see the Myths of St. Petersburg Collection, which explores the various impressions and beliefs that Russia’s rulers, artisans, and inhabitants have held about their capital city. We will return to the CharityWorks office at approxi6

mately 2:30. Cost for the event is $27.50 and space in limited to 30 people. Please make your check payable to CharityWorks and mail it to Robin Finnell at 5924 Woodley Road, McLean, VA 22101. Checks must be received no later than March 31st since Robin must give Hillwood a guaranteed number on April 1st. Any questions, please call Robin. The next General Membership meeting will be held May 21st. We are in the process of securing a site. Please look for your invitation the last week in April. Mark your calendars for an evening social at Robin Fitch’s home on Saturday, June 28; this will surely be a wonderful event. Look for your invitation in the mail toward the end of May.

Special Feature



arilyn Pedersen has been one of CharityWorks’ pillars of strength, creativity and commitment. She has been instrumental in turning the concept of an all volunteer organization with an Advisory Board of community leaders into one of the premiere charities in the Metropolitan area, thus turning into reality the dreams of local non-profits that truly transform the lives of children and families. In her quiet, unassuming way, she is the driving force behind many of our accomplishments. When we decided to move the Gala downtown, Marilyn was there designing the stage and the lighting to turn the Building Museum into a magical setting. It is Marilyn’s idea to have a fishing tournament and a parade of Hummers to benefit The Fishing School. When she learned that David, a recipient of one of the CharityWorks scholarships, would be alone for Thanksgiving, Marilyn made sure he spent the holiday with her family. She was instrumental in convincing Nordstrom to select CharityWorks as their partner. Marilyn participates in the process of selecting our annual partner and actively recruits organizations; she then spends the entire year working

on behalf of the CharityWorks partner. When our 2000 Partner, Habitat for Humanity, was having difficulties getting permits to start construction of the First Lady’s House sponsored and built by CharityWorks, it was Marilyn who got ManTech to take care of the environmental studies. CharityWorks’ fundraising capabilities and successes are also, in a big way, the result of Marilyn’s commitment and tenacity. When George W. Bush was suggested as the Honorary Chair of the Gala, Marilyn didn’t hesitate to call Andrew Card, the President’s Chief of Staff, or Senator Gregg to ask for their support in getting our request approved. She lends her incredible sense of art, beauty and substance to decorations, invitations, and gala programs and to every aspect of CharityWorks. Clearly, it is not an exaggeration to say that, without her, CharityWorks would not be the success it is today. Marilyn has a B.A. degree in Art History from George Washington University in Washington. As a Trustee of the Walters Art Museum, she represents the Board of Directors in the development of the Museum’s marketing strategies. She also has supported The Ivymount School in Rockville, MD, for many years in raising funds for the school’s program for special children. In her spare time, Marilyn is also involved in the building of The Life With Cancer Family Center. She is married to George, a Viking with red hair who says he “fears no man and only one woman Marilyn.” She has three daughters, Chris, Jenny and Maggie and a grandson, Eric. Marilyn, you are a remarkable person. On behalf of the hundreds of lives you have touched and changed, we honor and thank you! ■

Marilyn Pedersen

George amd Marilyn Pedersen


CharityWorks is grateful for the support of our Advisory Board whose dedication and commitment are changing lives. The Board consists of the following:
Nicholas Chabraja, Co-Chair
Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics

April 8 April 10 April 29 April 30 May 3 May 15 May 21 May 22-23 June 5 June 11-13 June 24 June 28 July 7-10


Leah Gansler’s CW Office Hillwood Museum Michele Welch’s Marilyn Pedersen’s New Member Coffee Board Meeting and Gardens Gala Steering Committee Advisory Board Dinner Application deadline for 2004 Beneficiary General Membership Meeting Review of applications for 2004 Beneficiary Board Meeting 2004 Beneficiary applicant Presentations Nordstrom’s Designer Event Summer Evening Social 2003 Gala Invitation Mailing

Kathryn A. MacLane, Co-Chair

Executive Vice-President, WEST*GROUP

Mark Ronald, Chair, Finance Committee
President and CEO, BAE Systems, N. A.

Nunda Ambegaonkar

President, Bridging, Nations Foundation

C.G. Appleby, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. Nancy Appleby Daniel R. Bannister, Chairman, DynCorp Kelly Baxter Diane Brendsel Leland Brendsel Arlene Coffman Thomas M. Culligan Dan Crippen Arthur B. Culvahouse
Chair, O’MELVENEY & MYERS LLP President, Raytheon International, Inc. Chairman and CEO, Freddie Mac Corp.

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. CW Office 10:30 am 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. TBA 10:00 a.m.

TBA CW Office CW Office CW Office Halcyon House Robin Fitch’s Jeanne Reid’s

Lauren Peterson Fellows

Peterson Family Foundation

Robert Feinberg, Chairman, Duron, Inc. The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler Leah Gansler, Founding Chair, CharityWorks James Kimsey
Founding CEO and Chairman Emeritus, AOL

Michael Kimsey
Vice President of Programs, Kimsey Foundation

Janet Kreutter, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Community Foundation Meredith LaPier
First Vice President, C.B. Richard Ellis

Mark Lowham, CEO, Wyoming Ventures Robin Lineberger
Senior Vice President, BearingPoint, Inc.

Post Office Box 3294 McLean, Virginia 22103-3294 703.286.0758 phone 703.286.0791 fax

Frank Marvin, VP Interactive Marketing, AOL Marvin McIntyre, Senior Vice President and Senior
Managing Director, Legg Mason

Marge Odeen, Founder, CharityWorks Philip A. Odeen George Pedersen
Chairman and CEO, ManTech International

Marilyn Pedersen, Founder, CharityWorks William Sabo, President, Enterprise Solutions Group Deborah Shore
Senior Vice President Wachovia National Bank

Sylvia von Bostel, Corporate Manager Government Affairs, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. John Welch
Executive Vice President, Marine Systems, General Dynamics

Edward M. Wheeler

Senior Managing Director, Friedman Billings Ramsey, Inc.

Newsletter design courtesy Fritz Partlow, Paras Productions, Inc. ■ Newsletter printing courtesy Marge and Philip Odeen

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