Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 1:00am

DC Vote's 2005 Champions of Democracy Awards Reception
Building American Democracy in DC

Each year, DC Vote recognizes Champions of Democracy for their dedication to fulfilling the promise of democracy for residents of Washington, DC. These men and women represent the very best of American excellence.

Champions of Democracy exercise their liberties to speak out about the injustice of living under a system where the governed do not have a vote in the election of those who govern. They understand that being disenfranchised affects all aspects of civic and community life.

More than 300 supporters joined DC Vote at the Madison Hotel to honor this year's Champions of Democracy. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and a video montage of photos from DC Vote events and supporters from the past year was shown throughout the evening.

Attendees also bid on over 75 items that were part of DC Vote's Third Annual 'Let Washington Be Heard' Silent Auction. The Silent Auction was a tremendous success and DC Vote is deeply grateful to the donors of items and services.

DC Vote's 2005 Champions of Democracy are:
  • Joe Sternlieb
    Co-Founder of DC Vote & Deputy Director of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District
  • Joslyn Williams
    President, Metropolitan Washington Council,
    AFL-CIO

The Master of Ceremonies for DC Vote's 2005 Champions of Democracy Awards Reception was Michael Kahn, who serves as the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre in the Nation's Capital and the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School.

DC Vote's 2005 Champions of Democracy Sponsors & Donors

DC Vote is thankful for the generous support of hundreds of donors, and we are especially grateful to the following sponsors of the 2005 Champions of Democracy Awards Reception.

  • AARP District of Columbia
  • Akridge
  • Johnny Barnes
  • Diane & Norman Bernstein
  • Jeff Blum
  • Dominique Bravo & Eric Sloan
  • The Honorable Kwame R. Brown
  • Thomas Blanton & Marsha Lillie-Blanton
  • Amelie & Bernei Burgunder
  • David Carliner
  • Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty
  • Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • Comcast of the District
  • The Honorable Linda Cropp
  • Eldon Crowell
  • DC Appleseed Center
  • Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute
  • Douglas Development Corporation
  • David Crane
  • Daniel & Toby Edelman
  • Richard & Lois England
  • Fleet Feet – Adams Morgan
  • Flowers on Fourteenth
  • The Honorable Adrian M. Fenty
  • Forest City Washington
  • Juan Gaddis
  • Rena Gordon
  • Ann Hoffman
  • Joseph F. Horning
  • Hotel & Restaurant Employees Local 25 AFL–CIO
  • Independence Air
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Kelly Companies
  • Aviva Kempner – In Memory of James Forman
  • Royal Kennedy & Johnathan Rodgers
  • John Klenert
  • Eric Koenig & Amy Schwartz
  • Debra & Josh Levin
  • Laborers' International Union of North America Local 657
  • Llyod leonard & Elizabeth Wiener
  • Margot & Ed Levin
  • The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and Program on Law and Government
  • Lorelie S. Masters
  • Samuel & Shelvie McCoy
  • Meltzer Group
  • Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
  • Charles & Jeanette Miller
  • Ruthanne & Robert Miller
  • Willa Day Morris & Chapman Todd
  • Lovell & Jack Olender
  • Larry Ottinger & Cinthia Schuman
  • Richard Paisner
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Ralph & Helen Petersberger
  • PNC Bank
  • Joshua Pokempner & Gretchen Gardner
  • Sarah Pokempner & Jerry Levine
  • Thorn Pozen
  • B. Michael & Margaret W. Rauh
  • Riverdale International, Inc.
  • Cynthia Robbins
  • Lee Rubenstein
  • Kathy & Al Schmidt
  • Eleanor & Van Seagraves
  • Jane & Daniel Solomon
  • Bruce Spiva & Anna Gelpern
  • David Steinberg
  • Kathy Swayze
  • Teamsters Local Union No. 639
  • Tycko, Zavareei & Spiva LLP
  • Tyrone Conard Agency
  • UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
  • United Food & Commercial Workers – Local 400
  • Verizon Washington, DC
  • Washington Teachers’ Union
  • Charles C. Wilkes
  • Laurel Wingate & Brian Cox
  • Barbara T. Yeomans
  • Barry Zigas & Jodie Levin-Epstein

DC Vote's Third Annual 'Let Washington Be Heard' Silent Auction Donors

Many thanks go to the indiviuals and businesses who helped to make the Silent Auction a resounding success!

  • 701 Restaurant
  • Accapella Restaurant, New York
  • Akridge
  • The Honorable Sharon Ambrose
  • Arena Stage Theatre
  • Arucola
  • Avalon Theatre
  • The Honorable Marion Barry
  • Bite of the Big Apple
  • Blues Alley
  • Busboys & Poets
  • The Honorable Kwame Brown
  • Cake Love
  • Calvert Woodley
  • Capitol Hill Bikes
  • Capitol Steps
  • The Honorable David Catania
  • Chevy Chase Gallery
  • The Honorable Linda Cropp
  • DC Dance Collective
  • DC Wheels, Inc. (Dance Place)
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Expressly Nails
  • The Honorable Adrian Fenty
  • Flexcar
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Ford Theatre
  • Four Seasons
  • Freedman Photography
  • Full of Beans
  • The Honorable Jim Graham
  • The Honorable Vincent Gray
  • Grooming Lounge
  • H2O
  • Hair by Arnold
  • Independence Air
  • Johnson's Flower & Garden Centers
  • Aviva Kempner
  • Kimpton Hotels
  • Colbert King
  • Lincoln Theatre
  • Madison Hotel
  • Mar de Plata
  • Marrakesh Restaurant
  • Marty's
  • Lorie Masters
  • Sam & Shelvie McCoy
  • The Honorable Phil Mendelson
  • Nana
  • National Zoo
  • Nevin Kelly Gallery
  • Odyssey Cruises
  • Catherine Oleksiw
  • The Honorable Vincent Orange
  • Palette Restaurant
  • Paris Alexander Day Spa
  • Parthenon
  • The Honorable Kathy Patterson
  • Periwinkle
  • Phillips Flagship
  • Prime Rib
  • Pulp
  • Rappahannock Wine Cellars
  • Kathryn Ray
  • Razi Studio Artistic Photography
  • Red Fox Inn
  • Red Sage Restaurant
  • Eugene Robinson
  • The Honorable Carol Schwartz
  • Shakespeare Theatre
  • Sofitel Washington, DC
  • Daniel & Jane Solomon
  • Sterling Portraits
  • Studio Theatre
  • Suna Lee Photography
  • Tabard Inn
  • Teatro Goldoni
  • The Mark, New York
  • Washington Engraving Co.
  • Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company
  • Zawadi
  • Zola Restaurant

DC Vote's 2005 Champions of Democracy Honorary Committee

DC Vote thanks the following elected officials for their support:

  • The Honorable Richard Durbin
  • The Honorable Mary Landrieu
  • The Honorable Joseph Lieberman
  • The Honorable Barbara Mikulski
  • The Honorable Paul Sarbanes
  • The Honorable Sherrod Brown
  • The Honorable Benjamin Cardin
  • The Honorable Julia Carson
  • The Honorable Tom Davis III
  • The Honorable Raúl M. Grijalva
  • The Honorable Alcee Hastings
  • The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • The Honorable Jesse L. Jackson Jr.
  • The Honorable Barbara Lee
  • The Honorable Kendrick B. Meek
  • The Honorable Gregory Meeks
  • The Honorable James P. Moran
  • The Honorable Donald Payne
  • The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
  • The Honorable David Scott
  • The Honorable Christopher Shays
  • The Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones
  • The Honorable Chris Van Hollen
  • The Honorable Diane Watson
  • The Honorable Henry A. Waxman
  • The Honorable Anthony Williams
  • The Honorable Linda Cropp
  • The Honorable Carol Schwartz
  • The Honorable David Catania
  • The Honorable Phil Mendelson
  • The Honorable Kwame R. Brown
  • The Honorable Jim Graham
  • The Honorable Jack Evans
  • The Honorable Kathy Patterson
  • The Honorable Adrian M. Fenty
  • The Honorable Vincent Orange Sr.
  • The Honorable Sharon Ambrose
  • The Honorable Vincent C. Gray
  • The Honorable Marion Barry
  • The Honorable Florence Pendleton
  • The Honorable Paul Strauss
  • The Honorable Ray Browne

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