Beat The Odds® Celebration

Hosted by:Children's Defense Fund
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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.

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

Featured Beat the Odds Program Alumi

Sheehan Whelan’s mother tried to sell her for drugs when she was a baby. Fortunately for Sheehan, the buyer was an undercover agent. She ended up living with an aunt, whom she calls her mother. Sheehan’s birth mother later was released from prison, but died of a drug overdose when Sheehan was in college. Receiving the Beat the Odds scholarship enabled her to go to Texas A&M rather than a junior college. Sheehan completed graduate school at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M and interned at the U.S. Department of State. “I think a lot of people look at this like resume building. It’s really an opportunity to change your own heart by giving to others. Because of the situation I came from, I have a big soft spot for that.”

Brandon Gassaway lost his mother at age 16 when his father stabbed his mother to death for attempting to leave the marriage. Within one week, Brandon was forced to leave everything familiar behind — school, house, and sister. Custody battles between the two sets of grandparents put him and his sister in separate households. Receiving a Beat the Odds award and getting involved with CDF “helped me get through college and showed me different avenues of how to help others.” Brandon graduated from the University of New Mexico, studying architecture with a focus on urban design and historic preservation. He was also selected as one of the scholars of the university’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. He regularly mentors other young men. “I always try to help out with the younger guys. A lot of them don’t see the importance of education. This is a lifelong commitment.”


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