On a cold night in 2009, Emily found herself warm inside the JW Marriott on 14th Street, dressed in a pink satin gown celebrating the election of President Obama at the People’s Inaugural Ball. Looking at Emily that evening, no one would have known that only a few years prior she had been living in an abandoned car, addicted and homeless.
Bringing together the country’s elite and disadvantaged to celebrate the first African American president in U.S. history was the idea of Fairfax County philanthropists Earl and Amanda Stafford of the Stafford Foundation. Eight women from N Street Village were invited to attend the event, including Emily. Emily looks back fondly on that evening and credits the ball for motivating her to work towards her dreams. Today, Emily is living on her own, working two jobs (one as a program assistant at N Street Village) and taking classes at the University of the District of Columbia.
At this year’s Annual Luncheon at the National Press Club on Thursday, June 20th, we will be bringing Emily and Earl and Amanda Stafford together once again.
Emily will take the podium to share her personal success story – from N Street Village resident to N Street Village Residential Program Assistant – and Earl and Amanda Stafford will be presented with our Community Ally Award in recognition of their commitment to empowering and enriching the lives of women in our community. Joining this inspiring line-up is Ms. Lavern Chatman, community advocate and former President of the Northern Virginia Urban League.
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*All attendees are entered to win a weekend staycation for two!*
“Living in an abandoned car in the snow, I was in a state of complete despair. Today I know that dreams do come true,” said Emily. “I am honored to share my story on the National Press Club stage with those who helped me get where I am today.”