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2017 DC Metro BLN Gala

Date: October 18, 2017

7:00- 9:00pm

DXC Technology

1775 Tysons Boulevard

Tysons, VA 22102

April Holmes

April Holmes - Keynote Speaker

April is marketing consultant based in the New York City office tasked with developing, facilitating, and branding the learning experiences and athlete marketing initiatives at EY. Having joined EY in January 2017 after an astonishing career as a track & field athlete, April was honored to wear the USA uniform at every major championship between 2002-2016. She has put together several undefeated seasons, broken IPC World Records fourteen times and American Records eighteen times in the 100, 200, 400 meters and the long jump, won 3 Paralympic medals(1 Gold, 2 Bronze); and 5 World Championship medals. April is also a motivational speaker, best-selling author, host of the “Run Your Life” podcast, and runs the April Holmes Foundation, Inc. to assist individuals with disabilities to receive scholarships and medical equipment. April has a BS in Communications from Norfolk State University; a MBA Marketing from University of Phoenix

Why Attend/Sponsor the Gala

The DC Metro BLN takes seriously the commitment to this nation’s Millennials made by the ADA, the ADAAA and the IDEA that promise education and employment.  

We work with great partners, such as the National Youth Transition Collaborative, BroadFutures, Greater Washington Internship Coalition, Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work and TransCen, Inc. to bring our employer members together to focus on the gap between school and work. As a USBLNĀ® Affiliate, we support the Rising Leaders progam. 

Our ME Collaborative (Millennial  & Employer) is an initiative to develop an e-learning pilot series of modules to provide education and resources for youth transitioning from school to work. We are proud to be working with The George Washington University and Gallaudet University in this effort. 

Funds raised at each year's Gala will help to support our collaborative focus group that will develop the micro learning series which will be offered to all area colleges and universities. We plan also to develop an Employer Series to educate the business community on successful employment and retention of Millennials with disabilities. Our long range goal is to share these out across the US and develop a partner series for high school students transitioning form school to work.


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Contact us to Become a Sponsor!

As a sponsor, your organization’s logo (and link to your website) will be prominently displayed on our website as a Gala 2017 sponsor until the 2018 Gala - An entire year of branding!

Our Platinum Sponsors will also be recognized every month in the newsletter.


2016 Sponsorship Levels            Benefits

PLATINUM $10,000                        Four 2017 Gala tickets

                                                        Ten Guest Passes to 2018 Programs

DIAMOND $5,000                           Three 2017 Gala tickets

                                                        Five Guest Passes to 2018 Programs

GOLD $2,500                                  Two 2017 Gala tickets

                                                        Two Guest Passes to 2018 Programs

SILVER $1,000                               One 2017 Gala ticket 

                                                        One Guest Pass to 2018 Programs

CRYSTAL $500                                One 2017 Gala ticket


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