FAME to celebrate 11th anniversary Thursday

International jazz artist Pieces of a Dream to help FAME celebrate 11 years of providing musical instruments and support to local youth.

Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville, Maryland.
Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville, Maryland. (Public domain)

MITCHELLVILLE, Maryland, July 22, 2015 – On Thursday evening, July 23, Rosie Allen-Herring, United Way President/CEO; Senator Douglas .J J. Peters; Prince George’s County Council Members Davis & Patterson, MGM and others will be Honored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME).

Pieces of a Dream.
Pieces of a Dream. (Courtesy of the ensemble’s website)

International jazz recording artist, Pieces of a Dream, and violinist Chelsey Green, will perform at this fundraising event, which honors FAME’s 11th anniversary year. Festivities will take place at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, beginning at 6 p.m.

During this event, FAME will honor several groups and individuals for what the organization feels is their true commitment to keeping the music playing for children in the Greater Washington area.

Violinist Chelsey Green.
Violinist Chelsey Green. (From a video posted to the artist’s website)

2015 Honorees include: Transformational Leader Award – The Honorable Derrick Leon Davis, Vice Chair Prince George’s County Council; Community & Nonprofit Champion Award – Rosie Allen-Herring, President/CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area; Government Leadership Award – The Honorable Obie Patterson, Prince George’s County Council; Government Leadership Award – Senator Douglas J. J. Peters; Outstanding Community Partner Award – Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs, WHUR Radio; Education Leadership Award – David Zahren, WJLA Channel 7 & 8 and Prince George’s County Public School System; Award of Honor – Jimmy Marcos, Owner, T J Elliott Restaurant & Ledo’s College Park; and Corporate Leadership Award – Lorenzo Creighton, MGM National Harbor.

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 Jimmy Marcos.
2015 FAME honoree Jimmy Marcos, Owner, T J Elliott Restaurant & Ledo’s College Park.

FAME was founded in 2004 by A. Toni Lewis to create artistic and academic opportunities for a wider range of students and young people. “Our mission is to positively impact the lives of youth through access to quality music, education, programs, and experiences,” said Lewis.

The organization now boasts sponsorship and coordination of a wide range of opportunities for young people throughout the Washington Region as well as Philadelphia, including scholarships, technology training from music industry pros, concerts, education seminars and donations of instruments. For more information go to www.fameorg.org.

FAME is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation that was founded on the principle that all children, teens, and young adults, regardless of social and economic need, should have access to quality music and music education as part of their lifelong journey to adulthood. And if given the tools, the power of music, which is a key factor to a well -rounded character, will produce a new generation of leaders for our community and for our nation. FAME’s mission is to positively impact the lives of youth through access to quality music, education, programs, and experiences.

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