Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Williams Family Supports Children & Youth With King Richard Screening

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*Former D.C. First Lady, Cora Masters Barry, Founder/CEO, the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) and Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) announces the 20th Anniversary GALA of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, (SETLC), to be held on Friday, November 5, 2021, with music, food, dancing…and, the highlight of the Gala being the special screening of the motion picture, King Richard.

 The Event Attire is: Tennis Shoes, Ties, and After Five

 “King Richard,” starring Award-winning actor, Will Smith, a Warner Brothers, Overbrook Entertainment production, chronicles the life of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, and how the Williams sisters became world champions in the Sport of Tennis, and GOAT in the World of Sports, from his mentoring and coaching.

Mrs. Barry founded the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) in 2001 with the support of Venus and Serena Williams, and the Williams Family.  The Williams family has stepped up again, by arranging the special screening of “King Richard,” which will be shown in the Center’s 68,000 sq. ft. Williams Arena, named after Venus and Serena Williams.

The SETLC, often-called a “Beacon of Light,” in the District’s Ward 8, has serviced over 30,000 underserved youth in the District of Columbia, which includes mentoring, tutoring, speech, drama/acting, robotics, reading, writing, and Tennis lessons.

Earlier this year, RWLC and SETLC, in partnership with community organizations; hospitals, including George Washington University, MEDSTAR, Howard University, the Rodham Foundation at George Washington University Medical Center; Medicare; Medicaid; and, a number of community organizations located in Ward 8, vaccinated over 1,000 residents of Ward 8 against COVID-19, at the SETLC.

This was the first of its kind in the District, (targeting a specific underserved ward…Ward 8), which became a model for other communities in Washington, D.C., and the United States.

The 2021 Honorees this year are:

The RWLC Humanitarian Award: Dr. Jehan (Gigi) El-Bayoumi, Founding Director, The

Rodham Institute; Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Prevention and Community Health,

the George Washington University; The RWLC Visionary Award: Melanie L. Campbell (Co-Awardee), President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; and Convener, the Black Women’s Roundtable; The RWLC Visionary Award: Tamika D. Mallory (Co-Awardee), Co-Founder, Until Freedom; and, The RWLC Board Legacy Award: J.R. Clark Esquire, Partner- Public & Infrastructure Finance Group, Squire Patton Boggs; and, Board of Directors, RWLC and SETLC.

Guest Host of the evening is MSNBC’s, Jonathan T. Capehart.

Says Founder/CEO, Cora Masters Barry, “I am truly thankful to all of the many individuals, corporations, and friends who have supported RWLC and SETLC during the last 20 years, especially Venus, Serena, our longtime Board member, Isha Price Williams, and the Williams family.  I am just ecstatic to have been given the opportunity for our Gala attendees to watch the biopic, “King Richard,” in a special screening, which is already garnering an Oscar buzz for actor Will Smith; and, also for Grammy-award winning recording artist, Beyonce, who performs her new song, ‘Be Alive’.”

Mrs. Barry continues, “I would also like to thank our Board of Directors; longtime Board Chairman, Michael C. Rogers; and, our dedicated staff, parents, and scholars, for their support and dedication.  This year’s 20th Anniversary Gala is going to be one of our best ever…We’re going to have music provided by the Sirius Company; dancing, food, fun, and a special screening…You can’t get much better than that!  In addition, I am honored to be able to recognize women who are change agents, and who have effectuated positive change in this country:  Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, Melanie L. Campbell, Tamika D. Mallory; and, our own RWLC Board Legacy Award recipient, J.R. Clark Esquire.

For sponsor information and individual tickets, please visit www.recreationwishlist.com


SETLC’s 20th Anniversary Gala, which includes the Special Screening of the Major Motion picture, “King Richard,” starring Will Smith.  “King Richard,” is the story of the Williams family patriarch, Richard Williams


The Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) 701 Mississippi Avenue, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20032


Doors Open at 6:00PM

Film Screening at 7:00PM

VIP Celebration Reception and Dancing: Following the Screening


Cora Masters Barry, Former D.C. First Lady; Founder/CEO, the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC), and the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC);

Host: Jonathan T. Capehart, MSNBC;

Music: Sirius Company;

Honorees: Dr. Jehan (Gigi) El-Bayoumi, Founding Director, The Rodham Institute;

Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Prevention and Community Health, The George Washington University; Melanie L. Campbell (Co-Awardee), President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable; Tamika D. Mallory (Co-Awardee), Co-Founder, Until Freedom; J.R. Clark Esquire, RWLC Board Member, The RWLC Board Legacy Award; and, Other Special Guests.

Source:  Raymone Bain | rbain28460@aol.com





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