Gelberg Signs and DC Councilmember Kwame Brown ‘Swing with the Legends’, Raise Over $30,000 in Golf Event for DC Youth.
Local Business and Government Work Together to Expand Fields of Dreams After-School Program
(Washington, D.C.) September 21— On Thursday, September 20th, At-Large Councilmember Kwame R. Brown participated in the 4th Annual Fields of Dreams Golf Tournament to benefit the Fields of Dreams after-school program. Gelberg Signs along with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) worked together to provide each golf foursome with a former Major League player.
Councilmember Brown, Honorary event Chair, secured over $30,000 to maintain and expand the Fields of Dreams after-school program for the 2007-2008 school year.
"Education is the key to helping our children lead a successful, happy life," said Councilmember Brown. "Combining athletics with education is a way to motivate them to excel and have fun while learning."
"As the title sponsor of today’s tournament, Gelberg Signs is honored and proud to have worked with Councilmember Brown to make this event such a success. Our combined efforts are sure to make a difference in the lives of many young people," said the principals of Gelberg Signs, Luc, Neil and Guy Brami.
DC Sports and Entertainment Commission’s Courtland Cox and former DC Councilmember Vincent Orange also participated in the event, which took place at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, MD.
The mission of the Fields of Dreams after-school program is to develop the athletic, educational, and life skills of young people in disadvantaged areas of the District of Columbia while increasing their self-esteem. The program is motivated by the belief that there is great value in combining athletic, educational, nutritional, and citizenship training in a way that connects and reinforces the four for children. At each of the six District elementary schools, Fields of Dreams serves 20 boys and girls with a DCPS teacher and a baseball coach working as a team both in the classroom and on the field. The program also operates in three DCPS middle schools, providing an in-school mentoring portion and after-school baseball training. Since 2002, the program has served over 1,000 young dreamers.
MLB Players in attendance included Al Bumbry, Fred Valentine and Scot McGregor. Eighteen other former MLB players also attended the event.
In addition to an afternoon of golf for adults, Field of Dreams welcomed 10 local youths involved in the program for an afternoon putting contest and awards ceremony. The winning child received a laptop computer on behalf of Former Councilmember John Ray, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.
Gelberg Signs Swings with the Legends for Fields of Dreams After School Program.
L-R (front row) Fields of Dreams participants Marquez Rosenbure, Darren Graham, Rodney Mackay, Michael Harris, Daiquan Rollins (back row) Guy Brami, Gelberg Signs; Al Bumbry, former Major League Baseball player; Luc Brami, Gelberg Signs; Shellie Smith, Fields of Dreams.