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Sponsorship Benefits    

  • Acknowledgement during event
  • Advertisement in souvenir program
  • Premium seating
  • And More!

We invite you to invest in higher education for DC students! Learn more about the benefits of sponsorship, advertising opportunities and making donations by contacting Mervyn Myers at 202-238-4629 or mmyers@upo.org.

Media Contact:
Angela Sikes
202-238-4719 (office), asikes@upo.org

Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW

13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

The 2018 Breakfast has moved from Saturday to Thursday, but the focus is still on honoring the legacy of Dr. King. He emphasized the importance of working together to achieve more and climb higher. This event will be an opportunity to build communities and increase our impact!

UPO has proudly served as the Community Action Agency for Washington, DC for nearly 55 years. Over the decades, the agency has evolved and embraced progressive strategies and linkages to develop innovative, high-quality programs and services to alleviate poverty and move low-income citizens to stable futures.

Proceeds raised from this annual event are to help provide scholarships for low-income DC high school scholars and support the programs and services of UPO.


As President of Donohoe Hospitality Services LLC, Thomas Penny guides the operation of 11 business class hotels, affiliated with the Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotels Group. His career in hospitality began as a dishwasher for the local Holiday Inn and he has since held roles ranging from “hands-on” to development and operational.

Coming from a low-income neighborhood pushed Penny into employment as a high school senior. His older brother, Derrick, offered support and motivation as Penny excelled as a student-athlete and worked part-time. Penny’s life changed forever on his 18th birthday when his brother lost his life in a tragic car accident. Since then, Penny has dedicated his career to being the better man his brother inspired him to be.

Penny’s professional awards and community involvement include:
• Minority Business Leader Award, Washington Business Journal,
• Top 40 Under 40, The Network Journal,
• Legacy Award for Mentoring, 100 Black Men of Greater Washington,
• Executive Committee member, DC’s Mayor’s Workforce Investment Council,
• Co-Chair, DC National Academy Foundation’s Hospitality Advisory Board,
• and more!

What does your support mean?

With your support, we will be able to create more opportunities for students like Sharnetta Tyler, a Joseph A. Beaver scholarship recipient; who earned her Master of Education from Harvard University.  Sharnetta is the first person from her family to graduate from college. Your generous financial assistance will inspire each of our scholars to strive to reach their full potential!

UPO’s Annual  Community  Impact Day

Health Screening, Legal Aid, Housing, Training, Employment, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse.
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