Beat The Odds® Celebration

Hosted by:Children's Defense Fund
Newseum map 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20001

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Honoring Five Extraordinary Young People 

2017 Beat the Odds® Celebration

Tuesday, November 7, 2017  

Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 
Washington, DC 20001 

Reception - Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Program: 8:00 p.m.  | Dessert Reception: 9:30 p.m.

Business Attire

Valet Parking Available


Ticket and Sponsorship Info

Individual Ticket $350.00

  • Single ticket to the Beat the Odds event

Friend of CDF $1,000.00

  • Acknowledgement in event program
  • 2 Event Tickets

Child Ally $2,500.00

  • Acknowledgement in event program
  • 4 Event Tickets

Child Protector $5,000.00

  • Acknowledgement in event program
  • 4 Premium Seats

Child Advocate $10,000.00

  • Name on Beat the Odds communications and acknowledgement at Newseum
  • Quarter-page advertisement in the program
  • 6 Premium Seats

Child Defender $25,000.00

  • Premium listing on Beat the Odds communications and logo recognition at Newseum
  • Half-page advertisement in the printed program
  • 8 Premium Seats

Champion for Children $50,000.00

  • Recognition as an underwriter for the Beat the Odds Celebration
  • Prominent placement of name and logo on Beat the Odds communications and at Newseum
  • Full-page advertisement in the printed program
  • 10 Priority Seats

Beacon of Hope $100,000.00

  • Recognition as an underwriter for the Beat the Odds Celebration 
  • Prominent placement of name and logo on Beat the Odds communications and at Newseum
  • Recognition in event press releases
  • Full-page inside front cover advertisement in the printed program
  • 12 Priority Seats

Confirmed Beat the Odds Celebration Presenters

Lauren W. Bright is Deputy General Counsel with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Director of the Foundation’s Washington, DC office. For over 12 years, Lauren has provided advice on a broad range of legal and strategic issues impacting the foundation and serves as lead counsel for its U.S. Program, Global Policy & Advocacy, and Communications teams. As Director of the Washington, DC office, Lauren oversees general operations and provides key input and guidance regarding policies and procedures impacting over 100 regionally-based staff.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, Lauren worked with a variety of clients at the law firm Shaw Pittman LLP (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman), where she counseled and advocated for trade associations, professional societies, public charities, and other nonprofit organizations.
She is the author of several articles on association practice and management, and co-authored narratives on the impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.
Lauren received her undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

Lanre Falusi (pronounced “LAWN-ray Fa-LOO-see”) is a pediatrician and the Associate Medical Director of Municipal and Regional Affairs at the Child Health Advocacy Institute of Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. In this role, Dr. Falusi’s priorities include caring for a largely immigrant patient population; coordinating advocacy education for trainees and faculty; collaborating with lawmakers and community agencies regarding child health; and participating in a trauma and resilience initiative within the primary care clinics. Dr. Falusi is also the Assistant Program Director for the Community Health Track of Children’s National’s Pediatric Residency Program, training residents to become leaders in policy, advocacy, and community healthcare delivery. She is the Past President of the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and regularly provides testimony, media, and presentations on topics including child poverty, immigrant health, and social determinants of health.

David Wilson, Ed.D. the 12th president of Morgan State University, has a long record of accomplishment and more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration. Dr. Wilson holds four academic degrees: a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in education from Tuskegee University; an Ed.M. in educational planning and administration from Harvard University and an Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy, also from Harvard. He came to Morgan from the University of Wisconsin, where he was chancellor of both University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Before that, he held numerous other administrative posts in academia, including: vice president for University Outreach and associate provost at Auburn University, and associate provost of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
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