26th Beat the Odds® Celebration

There is a story behind the smiles of each of the Beat the Odds® scholarship recipients. These stories include loss, neglect, abuse, poverty, violence and inequality endured while still overcoming the tremendous hardships in order to excel academically and give back to their communities. Your support to CDF can help change the odds for every child in America including five high school scholars who will be among the more than 900 young people since 1990 who have followed their college dreams and the path to a successful adulthood as a result of CDF’s Beat the Odds program.

The Beat the Odds celebration will honor these youths for their accomplishments with the hope that they will recognize their community’s involvement in not only supporting them as they pursue their dreams, but also advocating for them to help make positive change that will affect their future reality. As one of its key programs, CDF’s Beat the Odds program provides scholarships, college preparation and ongoing support to high school sophomores through their college years, particularly those who have overcome obstacles and challenges in their lives.

Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund invite you to join us at our 2016 Beat the Odds Celebration as we honor and celebrate five extraordinary high school seniors who have overcome tremendous hardships to excel academically and give back to their communities in meaningful and transformative ways. Purchase Your Ticket Today or Become an Event Sponsor.

Become an Event Sponsor

Thank you for your willingness to support the young people in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area through your sponsorship of CDF’s upcoming Beat the Odds® Celebration.

Your sponsorship allows us to continue celebrating local high school seniors who have overcome tremendous hardships to excel academically and give back to their communities. Please click on the link to download the sponsorship form and return it with your contribution prior to October 14, 2016, or to fulfill your sponsorship commitment online, please complete the online sponsorship payment form.

If you have questions or are interested in customized sponsorship opportunities (i.e. dessert reception sponsorship, or event reception sponsorship), please contact Crystal Rucker at crucker@childrensdefense.org or (202) 662-3626.

Unable to Attend. Show Your Support in Other Ways

Unable to attend the 26th Annual Beat the Odds® Celebration?

Please consider making a donation to support the Children's Defense Fund mission to Leave No Child Behind® by making an online donation.

Join us "virtually" on November 16, 2016, by Tweeting @childdefender and sending an encouraging message to this year's winners.