SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A Wider Circle, a leading organization in the movement to eradicate poverty, is proud to announce that the Honorable Ann W. Brown and Mr. Donald A. Brown have been selected to receive the Heroes of the Movement Award and JBG Smith will receive the Distinguished Corporate Service Award. Both awards will be presented at The Community Ball on September 27th at the National Building Museum.
"Every movement requires leaders who refuse to accept the status quo and who give generously of themselves to make the world a better place. Don and Ann have been just that for A Wider Circle and we are honored to recognize their remarkable contributions," said Mark Bergel, Founder and President of A Wider Circle. "From the Brown's Beds Program, which gave thousands of beds to families who would not otherwise have had a warm place to sleep, to making a million dollar contribution for our Center in Silver Spring, they represent all that is kind, good, and compassionate in this world."
"As chair of a nonprofit board, you hope that you will find corporate partners along the way to allow you to bring the vision into reality. JBG Smith, through their hands-on, multi-disciplinary contributions continues to be to be an ideal partner to A Wider Circle," said Marty Durbin, Chair of A Wider Circle Board. "We are pleased to recognize them with the Distinguished Corporate Service Award."
Capping off an illustrious career in public service, the Honorable Ann W. Brown was appointed by President Clinton as Chair of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1994. A lawyer by training, Donald Brown co-founded The JBG Companies and served as a senior principal of the company from 1960 to 1996. Since retiring, Ann and Don Brown are active members of the Florida and Washington communities and have a deep commitment to A Wider Circle and the fight to eradicate poverty.
JBG SMITH is an S&P 400 company that owns, operates, invests in and develops assets concentrated in leading urban infill submarkets in and around Washington, DC. Our mixed-use operating portfolio comprises approximately 20 million square feet of high-quality office, multifamily and retail assets, 98% of which are Metro-served. With a focus on placemaking, we drive synergies across the portfolio and create amenity-rich, walkable neighborhoods. JBG SMITH's future development pipeline includes over 17.2 million square feet of potential development density. For additional information on JBG SMITH please visit www.jbgsmith.com.
Since 2001, A Wider Circle has expanded from educational programming and free furniture and home goods, to now include a comprehensive, long-term, evidence-based platform empowering individuals and families to lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty and enjoy the freedom of sustained financial self sufficiency in healthy safe communities. Each year, with the help of more than 30,000 volunteers, A Wider Circle provides 16,000 individuals with the tools essential for dignified living in stable homes and 2,500 individuals with the skills and resources they need to be in the workforce, while serving an additional 7,500 children and adults through its special programs and services.