Leon H. Sullivan Foundation Bringing Red Carpet to D.C.

Star Studded Global Announcement of 2008 Summit of a Lifetime

His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania among Notable

Guests to Attend

Oct 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Leon H. Sullivan Foundation

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Leon H. Sullivan
 Foundation is hosting its Fifth biennial Awards dinner on Thursday,
 December 13th at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The awards ceremony
 celebrates and honors leaders in the global community who have
 substantively championed the core principles embodied in Reverend
 Sullivan's legacy.
     "The Leon Sullivan Summit Awards Dinner gives us the platform to pay
 tribute to the legacy of my father, while honoring those exceptional
 individuals who have committed their lives to fighting for and giving a
 voice to the less fortunate," said Hope Masters, Summit Convener.
     In addition, His Excellency, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of
 Tanzania will give remarks about the upcoming Eighth Leon H. Sullivan
 Summit, scheduled for Arusha, Tanzania June 2-6, 2008. This Summit will be
 the first Summit of its kind to be held in East Africa.
     "This is going to be the Summit of a Lifetime," stated President
 Kikwete at a New York City Press Conference last week. "We welcome
 delegates to come to Tanzania. We are preparing to give them an experience
 they will never forget. The question is not whether Tanzania is ready for
 the Summit -- the question is whether the Summit is ready for Tanzania!"
     This dinner will undoubtedly set the standard as the most exciting
 event to attend this year in Washington, with an impressive list of invited
 notables including: President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Dr.
 Condoleezza Rice, newly elected Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua of
 Nigeria, Reverend Jesse Jackson, the NBA's Dikembe Mutombo, actor Isaiah
 Washington, and many other friends of Africa. The night's entertainment
 spotlight will go to the Philadelphia-bred, Grammy Award winning artists,
 Boyz II Men, whose musical performance will include a tribute to the late
 Reverend Leon H. Sullivan.
     "If you've never been to a Sullivan Foundation event, you don't want to
 miss this one," said Masters. "We are bringing the red carpet to D.C. and
 sending a message to everyone that the work we do is critical. We can all
 create positive change in the world if we just embrace those who need us
 most. That's why this dinner is important; it's what my father was all
 about and I can't wait to show my gratitude to our honorees. But don't
 expect your usual D.C. Awards ceremony -- the Sullivan Foundation is coming
 out of the box on the 13th of December."
     The Sullivan Foundation is a 501c (3) and is named after the legendary
 world leader, statesman and Philadelphia Minister Reverend Leon H.
 Sullivan. The Foundation was established in 2001 to promote the principles
 of self-help, thereby empowering underprivileged people and advocating
 social responsibility worldwide.
     WHERE:  The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW- Washington,
     WHEN:   Thursday, December 13, 2007
             6:00 p.m. - Reception
             7:00 p.m. - Dinner
     COST:   $175 individual tickets
             $300 per couple
     For interview requests, please contact media@thesullivanfoundation.org.
     For more information about the dinner visit

SOURCE Leon H. Sullivan Foundation