Since 1964, the Washington Informer Newspaper Co. Inc. has been highlighting positive images of African Americans. The multimedia organization continues to print positive news that is intended to educate, empower and inform its readers. LEAP Foundation DC is pleased to be included in the weekly Social Sightings column, once published by photojournalist and longtime Foundation supporter Mickey Thompson Vincent and now continued by her husband, Dr. Charles Vincent.
Ms. Vincent was an advocate for a number of significant causes in the Washington, D.C., community and used her media and publishing company as a platform to highlight many of the significant achievements of the African American population in the District of Columbia. One of the Foundation’s biggest supporters, her commitment to its annual Christmas party and toy drive for disadvantaged youth played a large part in successfully delivering toys to hundreds of children over the last decade.
“We can’t say enough about how grateful we are for the incredible work Dr. & Ms. Vincent have done for the community and for LEAP Foundation DC,” said LEAP President and CEO Dr. Clayton Lawrence. “Their dedication to social awareness, civic engagement and selfless giving makes them a true model for everything our Foundation stands for.”
The 2017 LEAP Foundation DC Toy Drive, held Dec. 19, is featured in the January. 11, 2018 Washington Informer edition of Social Sightings. More than 100 guests attended this year’s festivities, allowing the Foundation to provide gifts to two families who participate in the Latino Student Fund (LSF). The evening’s guests of honor included Mayor Muriel Bowser and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, both of whom have made commitments to better the lives of Washington, D.C., residents and youth, while empowering young men and women to pursue educational opportunities.
Mayor Bowser received a Public Service Award in recognition of the tireless work she has done on behalf of her constituents, as well as her support for the Foundation. Her efforts have directly impacted the city’s middle-class citizens by increasing job availability and affordable housing has allowed the homeless population to secure safe, accessible places to live.
In addition to the Foundation’s existing scholarship program, it was announced that it will annually award the Eleanor Holmes Norton Scholarship, named in recognition of the congresswoman’s tireless efforts as a stateswoman and her longstanding support of the Foundation. This first-ever scholarship award has been given to Bucknell University student Gissell Botero, who is an alumni of the Latino Student Fund. She plans to apply the $1,000 award to studying abroad in Copenhagen, where she will continue to pursue a degree in the medical field.
“We are so grateful for these incredible women,” Lawrence said. “These are women who are, time after time, helping us meet our mission of building a bridge between hope and achievement. Their efforts have paved a path for the Washington, D.C., communities that is full of vibrancy, inspiration and empowerment. Mickey’s commitment to always demonstrating the accomplishments of D.C. residents has inspired us, as a Foundation, to remember that there is always hope.”