Always a popular night and day event, the 11th Annual Michael Wilbon and James Brown Celebrity Roast and Golf Classic benefiting DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) didn’t disappoint Redskins fans this year. In fact, the crowd (and roasters and toasters) and world famous (yet locally based) hosts Michael Wilbon and James “JB” Brown were bent over laughing uncontrollably. However, let’s not forget the real reason why these A-list sports icons get together at Lansdowne Resort. It’s for the kids and their education.
DC-CAP is a privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and enabling DC public and public charter high school students to enroll in and graduate from college via direct counseling and retention/support services for parents and students and financial assistance. Since its inception in 1999, DC-CAP has helped more than 21,000 students enroll in college, awarded more than $31,000,000 in scholarships and celebrated the success of more than 4,300 college graduates who otherwise would have never had the opportunity to go to college.
As usual, the night before the big golf tournament is dedicated to a VIP reception, silent auction, and a sit-down dinner. This year included a roast and toast of NFL legend and winning NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs. Gibbs was roasted in person by former Redskins players Jeff Bostic, Dexter Manley, Clinton Portis, John Riggins, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Gibbs’ son J.D., and via videos by Tony Kornheiser (Wilbon’s ESPN Pardon the Interruption co-host) and Gibbs’ NASCAR team members Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.
The event chairs were no strangers to doing good in the capital region. They included Donald Graham (of Washington Post leadership fame), Chairman, DC-CAP Board of Directors and Ted Leonsis, DC-CAP Board member. At the roast, it was announced that the first DC-CAP Michael Wilbon Scholarship recipient is now in college (this scholarship was announced/funded at last year’s event) and a new scholarship, the DC-CAP James Brown Scholarship, was announced/established (this year). Both scholarships award up to $50,000 to a single student so they can attend college.
The next day after everyone had recovered from laughing and carousing, attendees changed from suits and cocktail attire to their finest golf outfits. There was a closest-to-the-pin putting context (won by Ken Harvey but Gibbs was a close 2nd) and a day of golf on the Greg Norman championship course with Michael, JB and a host of sports legends and stars (list available by request), media personalities, and local corporations sponsoring the event and supporting DC-CAP.
Congratulations to DC-CAP which exceeded its goal of raising $300,000 through the event. During the first 10 years, over $2 million had been raised through the event and the money goes directly into funding DC-CAP programming.
Major sponsors of the event were: The Boeing Company, The Leonsis Foundation, Dwight Schar, Strayer University, and the Washington Area Toyota Dealers.
To learn more and support please go to www.dccap.org.
All photos Courtesy of Hyon Smith Photography
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.