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AALEAD is piloting a new photography workshop this year at Thomson Elementary School! Using donated cameras, students will see their surroundings from a new perspective while building positive self identity and learning responsible behavior. Students participating in the 4-week  workshop will check out a camera each day and work on a preassigned project. Project photos will be displayed each week and the students will learn to offer constructive comments to their peers. We need your help getting this program off the ground. If you have an older working digital camera collecting dust in a drawer, please consider donating it to AALEAD for use in this project!

Mail your donation to:  2100 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington DC, 2009

Or contact Micah Shearer, mshearer@aalead.org, 202-884-0322 ext 106,  to arrange drop off at one of our Elementary Schools or at our offices.

We had a wonderful first Friendraiser this past Tuesday, which took place at The Irene reception room in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The event was specifically held to benefit the DC Secondary School Program. Over 40 guests were in attendance to learn about our mission and hear compelling program experiences from our student representative, Nipa Islam. Throughout the evening, attendees networked while enjoying wine and delicious hors d’oeurves, courtesy of MeiWah Restaurant. Some of those highlights are documented in the photos below.

We want to particularly recognize the following guests for coming out to showing their support for AALEAD and the Secondary School Program:

AALEADership Circle members

Julia Chang Bloch

Anne Garnett

Janet Gordon

Amy Hoang Wrona

Dorothy Hsiao

Khanh Le

N. Minh Le

AALEAD Friends

Marge duMond

Amanda Gu

Georgia Irvin

Janet Lai Cam

Joseph Leitmann

Lourdes Morales

Tanya Nguyen

Mariama Richards

Corinna Shen

Jorinna Zuber

This year’s auction items are sure to blow your mind. Check out a few of the hottest items below:

Weekend Hotel Package at San Diego Marriott Del Mar – Luxury included

Indulge in world-class accommodations and lavish personal service during your two-night, weekend stay at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar, a seaside hideaway 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego and just south of Solana Beach. After bathing in the sun and surfing on the waves, why not soak up the sights and sounds of shopping at the historic Del Mar Downtown Historic Village, exciting events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, golf at Torrey Pines or horse racing at the Del Mar Racetrack? You also won’t want to miss out on the chance to sample sumptuous, award-winning cuisine at the Marriott Del Mar’s trendy restaurant, Arterra. Finally, relax and unwind with cocktails and fresh sushi at the outdoor lounge, as you watch the sun set over the tranquil ocean waters.

Restrictions: Weekend only. Expires May 31, 2010.

Box Suite: Washington Wizards vs. New Jersey Nets

Your hometown Washington Wizards are playing the record-breaking New Jersey Nets on Sunday, April 4th. Bid on 12 suite tickets and see the game from incredible floor seating in the Verizon Center. Enjoy perfect views so close to the game’s action. The tickets include 2 executive suite parking passes.

Restrictions: Limited to the April 4th game

One week vacation in Key West Condo + $1,100 cash for travel expenses

Welcome to Paradise. There is no better way to bask among soaring palm trees, blooming native flowers, and sweeping ocean views than during a week-long vacation at our Truman Annex Condo in Key West, complete with $1,100 cash for all your travel-related needs. Just two blocks from the renowned nightlife of Duval Street, the two-bedroom condo is in an optimal location for the quintessential Key West for all your travel-related needs. With two bedrooms (a queen bed in the master and two twin beds in the guest room), two full bathrooms, a kitchen, family room, in-house laundry facilities, cable, and WiFi, you can bring the whole family along! Stroll from storefront to restaurant to museum all morning, jet ski all around the coast and go diving in America’s only living barrier reef, then watch the acts on Mallory Square at sunset. Return home for a relaxing soak in the nearby association pool or your own personal hot tub before drying off on the secluded back deck, replete with comfortable furniture and your very own barbeque grill. Last but not least, cap off your delightful stay with an all-expense-paid fishing trip! Like we said – Paradise.

For more info, check out the website at http://www.athomekeywest.com/bre/properties/Beach-House-Condo/

Restrictions: Must be used by March 1, 2011, Subject to availability, Maximum occupancy of 4, Fishing trip is subject to weather conditions and includes bait, tackle and license fees.

Private Box at the Nationals game with Parking Included

Come see the Washington Nationals and their new #1 draft pick star pitcher Stephen Strasburg! Bid on a complete box suite which includes: 22 tickets, 4 guest passes (allows any 4 friends from other seats to come sit in the suite), and 4 parking passes. Choose from any baseball game this season when the Nationals play potential playoff contention teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, or New York Mets.
Restrictions: Must contact the seller to confirm game date

4-day/3-night Deep Creek Lake Vacation

If there is one place that embodies the romance, serenity and physical beauty of nature on the East Coast, it’s Maryland’s very own Deep Creek Lake. Enjoy the best vacation you’ve ever hadwith a 4-day, 3-night stay at a luxurious 5 bedroom home that accommodates up to 14 people. Throughout this handsome cedar chalet perched among the treetops, encounter casually elegant cathedral ceilings, large windows, and a stone fireplace. Escape into complete privacy during a relaxing soak in the master suite’s jetted Jacuzzi, or allow the tranquility of nature to surround you as you enjoy the intimate view from the spacious wraparound deck. Best of all, this hideaway spot is conveniently located, and you’ll find restaurants, lake activities and the ski slopes all within 5 minutes away.

For more info, check out the website at http://rentals.deepcreek.com/rental/points-view


Restrictions: Must be redeemed between April 5th and May 10th, 2010, subject to availability.

2009 AALEAD Annual Dinner!

On Thursday, February 5th, 2009 AALEAD held its 10th Annual Dinner at China Garden in Rosslyn, VA. It was a full house packed with energy and excitement! The evening highlighted a keynote speech from Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.

AALEAD was able to take time to recognize our corporate sponsors, dedicated supporters, and special guests who also attended.

Our high school student emcees navigated the event for all of us!

The spotlight was on our youth in the middle of the evening! Stellar performances awed the audience as our youth showed off their talents in hip hop dancing, line dancing, Bollywood dancing, and a special solo voice performance of “God Bless the USA.”

The spotlight was on our youth in the middle of the evening! Stellar performances awed the audience as our youth showed off their talents in hip hop dancing, line dancing, Bollywood dancing, and a special solo voice performance of “God Bless the USA.”

And finally, the evening was filled with good food and great fun!