The Roasting of Joe Gibbs & the Toasting to Wilbon & JB

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

Joe Gibbs and DC-CAP Chairman Donald Graham

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.

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

2x Super Bowl Champ/Redskin veteran Dexter Manley, Sam Schreiber, Regional Executive, Wells Fargo, Argelia Rodriguez, President and CEO, DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) and Joe Gibbs

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

Sportscaster/Super Bowl Champ/Redskins Veteran Joe Theismann allowing one of the many DC-CAP Alpha Leadership Project students (who were special guests at the event) try on his Super Bowl rin

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.

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

Front Row (L to R): Argelia Rodriguez, President and CEO, DC College Access Program (DC-CAP), Joe Gibbs, Joe Theismann, and 11th Annual Michael Wilbon and James Brown Celebrity Roast and Golf Classic event co-host Michael Wilbon. Behind them are event co-host James Brown and DC-CAP Alpha Leadership Project students. The event raised more than $300,000 to help DC public and public charter high school students enroll in and graduate from college.

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

DARCARS’ Tammy Darvish with Super Bowl MVP/Redskins Veteran/Host of “Riggo on the Range” John Riggins

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.

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

ESPN Analyst Tim Legler, his wife Christina Legler and ESPN Analyst Stephen Howard

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.

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

Michael Wilbon, The Boeing Company’s Leo Brooks, and James Brown

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

Gibbs’ roasters/former Redskins Clinton Portis, Joe Theismann, Dexter Manley and Jeff Bostic cracking up on stage during the roast

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

Joe Gibbs and Patrick Butler, President and CEO, Association for Public Television Stations

Gibbs Roast/Wilbon-Brown Benefit for DC-CAP at Lansdowne

Gibbs on putting green. He was a very close second to winner and Closest to the Pin Contest impromptu emcee Ken Harvey, who used his best golf announcer whisper as he “called” everyone’s putts

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

About Pamela Sorensen:
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