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Washington, D.C. Beat the Odds® Awards Dinner 2009

November 10, 2009 - November 10, 2009

Washington, DC 

CDF began the Beat the Odds program in 1990 to highlight the positive potential of young people. Too often we hear about teens getting into trouble, dropping out of school, becoming involved with drugs, crime or gangs, or becoming parents too soon. Rarely recognized are the many young people who do well despite facing overwhelming obstacles, such as poverty, violence, homelessness, family break-up or substance abuse, that can stand in the way of even the smallest achievements.

Not only did this awards event celebrate the scholarship recipients and their accomplishments, but it publicly honored these young people who have persevered through tremendous adversity provides positive role models for youths in similar situations. Additionally, Beat the Odds events demonstrate that behind each successful child is at least one caring adult and inspires community leaders and citizens who want to help children struggling to overcome adversity.

2009 Beat the Odds Awards Dinner

November 10, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
W Hotel
Washington, DC


Scholarship Recipients

Nathan Cabrera
Kapria Lee
Nakea Paige
Rebecca Parish
Crystal Ramirez


Nancy M. Folger & Sidney L. Werkman
Judy Lansing Kovler & Peter Kovler
Ivanna & Alberto Omeechevarria
Sissy & Angus Yates

Honorary Co-Chairs

Michelle Cross Fenty, First Lady of the District of Columbia
Anne Holton, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia


Idol Gives Back Foundation

Idol Gives Back Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company
GMAC Financial Services
The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation