Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2018 ) The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) is excited to announce UnCorked! an Evening of Extraordinary Wines and Whiskey to Benefit The Neediest Kids, a program of NCCF. Combining the flare of the French with the luck of the Irish, the event will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. Set to be an evening to remember, the VIP Pre-Reception French Wine Masterclass begins at 6:00 p.m. and the UnCorked! wine and whiskey tasting starts at 7:30 p.m.
DC’s premier fundraising event, UnCorked! features top-curated wines from around the world, including France, and, for the first time, a whiskey tasting is incorporated. All whiskeys are selected for especially for the event by The Whiskey Library. Guests will sip for a cause and enjoy delicacies from France and Ireland, while listening to Jazz and R&B from Chelsey Green and the Green Project, a Billboard chart-topping recording artist. All proceeds from the event will go to The Neediest Kids program.
For over 45 years, The Neediest Kids has helped the 42% of D.C. area students who are disadvantaged due to family deprivation and extreme poverty, providing support and removing barriers so children may unlock their full ability to focus on acquiring a quality education. The program works directly with nine schools in Virginia, Maryland and DC, and allows school staff to allocate resources, giving youth and their family immediate access to necessities such as food, school uniforms, shoes, coats, eye exams and glasses.
A highlight of the night is the presentation of the Tom Cookerly Exceptional School Superintendent Leadership Award to Dr. Theresa Alban, Superintendent for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS). Selected for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the more than 10,0000 children affected by poverty in FCPS, “Dr. Alban’s passionate advocacy and leadership allow her to be a tireless champion for children, particularly for children in need, and we are proud to partner with her” said Jermaine Lemons, Program Director for the Neediest Kids. As the founder of The Neediest Kids program, Tom Cookerly continues his legacy of helping students through collaborations involving the entire community and will be presenting this award.
UnCorked tickets are $250 for VIP, $150 for General Admission, with discounted rates for educators and young professionals. They can be purchased by visiting www.tnkuncorked.com.
About The Neediest Kids
The Neediest Kids, a program of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), provides emergency funds to D.C. Metropolitan area students in need so they have the basic essentials needed to stay in school and thrive. Working with nine local school systems, The Neediest Kids Program also provides students with new clothes, uniforms, eye exams, eyeglasses, and access to dental/medical care, school supplies, transportation and more. In the past three years, it has served over 117,000 students in a region where nearly 250,000 students, qualify for free or reduced-priced meals (FARMS), a primary indicator of poverty.
About The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF)
Founded in 1915 as an orphanage in the District of Columbia, NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families. Current program services include emergency shelters, transitional, permanent and affording housing for homeless families and youth, a high-intensity structured living community for adolescents in out of home care, therapeutic and traditional foster care and adoption, independent living for youth transitioning to adulthood, teen parent services, and community-based prevention services that promote academic achievement, parental involvement, economic and vocational stability, and healthy families. Its programs have become social service models, redefining both NCCF’s reputation and the agency’s position in the human service continuum in the Washington Metropolitan Region. http://www.nccf-cares.org
Source: The National Center for Children and Families