FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2015
Supporters Celebrate DC Vote's Non-Gala by Contributing and Staying Home
Instead of hosting an expensive gala, DC Vote will dedicate 100% of the unique event's contributions to their national campaign.
This year DC Vote is taking a break from its annual awards gala and is instead encouraging contributions through its online Non-Gala in which every dollar will go towards spreading the District's message of Equality across the nation. On Wednesday, December 16th, the DC Vote staff will be on Capitol Hill and in the states meeting with lawmakers to encourage them to defend the rights of DC residents.
"Members of Congress who oppose Equality for DC will only back down from limiting our rights if they receive pressure from their own constituents to focus on needs in their home states." said DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry. "Our Champions of Democracy Awards Gala will resume in 2016, but this year we need every year-end and event donation to fuel our campaign across the country."
DC Vote has already met with Senator Tom Carper's office, and today will meet with the offices of Senators' Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Chris Coons (D-DE), as well as Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Hal Rogers (R-KY). Executive Director Kimberly Perry is in California meeting with the home offices of Senator Diane Feinstien (D-CA), Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA).
Kimberly Perry and James Jones will be available for comment throughout the day.