Washington, DC LISC Presents Three Community Leaders with Arthur Flemming Community Leadership Award

On May 10, 2007 over 120 guests, sponsors, nonprofit partners, and community members gathered at the DC Housing Finance Agency for LISC’s 2007 Arthur Flemming Community Leadership Awards Celebration.

This year we selected three recipients whose work touches the lives of residents in very different parts of the city.

Brenda Aviles (age 18) of the Columbia Heights neighborhood, this year’s recipient of the Emerging Leader Award, was honored for her work as a mentor to young women who face challenges ranging from truancy, to gang involvement and domestic violence.

Jackie Ward of the Hillsdale neighborhood was given the Outstanding Service Award for her work as an environmentalist, community activist, school volunteer, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.

Marshall Phillips from the Edgewood neighborhood was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his 25 year long effort to rid his neighborhood of drugs and violence and his commitment to make the community safe for the children and families of Edgewood.

The program featured remarks by DC LISC’s nonprofit partners who nominated the recipients, videos documenting the work of the recipients, and brief remarks from the recipients who were presented with stipends generously provided by Bank of America.

With reception performances by DC’s Finest the Doo Wop Cops and Kojo Nnamdi as the Master of Ceremonies, the 2007 Arthur Flemming Awards was the first in a year long series of events hosted by Washington, DC LISC to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

In September, be sure to tune in to DCTV (channels 95 and 96 on Comcast and 10 and 11 on RCN) to watch the entire Awards Program.