Inaugural DPW Foundation Student Red Carpet Affair HUGE SUCCESS!
"Academics, Business & Community; The ABC's of the White Household in Fredericksburg, VA'
Fredericksburg, VA – (March 2, 2012) Lights, Camera; Action! A taste of Hollywood came to Fredericksburg as 100 high school students, administrators, elected officials, dignitaries and community leaders walked the red carpet for the Inaugural DPW Foundation Student Red Carpet Affair on Wednesday, February 29th at Regal Cinemas. History, celebration and impact were served up first class as the beautiful red carpet was rolled out in honor of Black History Month at a private viewing of the movie, Red Tails, about the trials and triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen. The theater was completely packed out for this rescheduled date due to necessary postponement because of the snow on February 20th.
Great pillars of community stewardship and public service, David O. White and his wife, Deirdre, are the Founders of the DPW Foundation and wanted to launch their first official event with great emphasis on an initiative that is very near and dear to their hearts. David is the Principal of Washington & Lee High School and Deirdre is the President of DPW Training & Associates, LLC. They felt it was imperative to bring the opportunity of witnessing the portrayal of this great story of American history and impact on the big screen for students of Washington & Lee High School in Montross, VA and James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg. Terry Spicer, CEO of Epiphany Public Relations, LLC of NC welcomed the crowd and introduced David and Deirdre White, who were met with thunderous applause and appreciation for their unselfishness in sponsoring the event. This initiative was monumental and historic on several levels as the School Boards of both cities were in full support of the effort; members of both Boards attended the viewing. The Whites introduced the special guests in attendance. The Mayor of Fredericksburg, Thomas J. Tomzak, M.D., attended and delivered an awesome Proclamation of Citizen Recognition to the Whites. Rev. & Mrs. Lawrence A. Davies, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church Old Site, were in attendance; Mrs. Davies is the sister to Mr. James W. Pryde. Dr. Rebecca Lowry is the Superintendent of the Westmoreland County School System and could not attend but sent her best wishes for the success of the event. Mrs. Coralynn Wise, Member of the Westmoreland City School Board attended. Dr. David Melton, Superintendent of Fredericksburg Public Schools, attended with Marci Catlett, Assistant Superintendent; Jarvis Bailey, Chair of the School Board, and Board Member, Malvina Kay. John Gordon, Principal of James Monroe, also attended the event.
Students were excited to participate in a Q&A prior to the start of the event. They knew the importance of the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and understood their amazing contributions to the history of the United States. What was even more impressive was the special guest for the evening; Mr. James W. Pryde, a distinguished member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen. Each of them stopped at his chair to shake his hand and pose for photos with him prior to the viewing of the movie. They enjoyed him and he truly enjoyed them also.
l-r, David O. White, Deirdre P. White, Mr. James Pryde, Tuskegee Airman & Guest of Honor w/students
A very impressive gentleman, Mr. Pryde was completely happy to participate in this Inaugural event. He stated, "I've seen the movie five times and I'll see it as many times as I need to if it will allow for a great opportunity of exchange with the students like this one did tonight." He went on further to remind them to look at the words of the screen at the beginning of the viewing. Following the viewing, he stood with his trusted cane and said to the students, "I am your history but you are our future; do things well!" It was great to hear his actual comments made during the viewing of the movie. It was incredible as other guests in the theater stopped by to thank him for his service to the Nation. He honored their acknowledgements with a gentle, "Thank You!"
Students were very clearly touched by his candor and his reflection of events that actually happened when he was there. The Whites delivered a beautiful Proclamation of Recognition & Appreciation to Mr. Pryde. One of the sentences of the Proclamation stated, "Your stellar example and monumental life experiences will forever impact and enhance the lives of the students of James Monroe High School of Fredericksburg, Virginia and Washington & Lee High School in Montross, Virginia. We know that their commitment to achieve will continue to soar in large measure because of your great stewardship and example."
Other youth groups from the community were in attendance that included the Kappa League of the Fredericksburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; the Emerging Young Leaders of the Xi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Delta GEMS of the Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. This event was a beautiful model for bringing community, education, history and excellence together for one event.
The support for this Affair brought two cities and two school systems together for a beautiful collaboration. Students were well behaved and left the theater smiling as they realized that they had witnessed events that were pretty true in scope of the history of our United States of America and the contributions by the Tuskegee Airmen; the first Black Military Airmen of the Nation.
The DPW Foundation salutes the tremendous efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen and Deirdre White stated, "My family and I believe in the ABC's; Academics, Business and Community! They are the founding principles of the DPW Foundation. We are honored that so many came out to be a part of this event. We are very pleased and appreciate the efforts taken to ensure that it was a phenomenal evening. Our Foundation will continue to host this type of exciting program as we work to ensure that post-graduate opportunities will lead to successful collegiate and professional careers!"
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