Points of Light, Target, Corporation for National and Community Service
Launch Year-Round Commitment to Service with America’s Sunday Suppers; First
Supper to be Held in Washington, D.C. During Inaugural Weekend
Colin and Alma Powell, Melissa Harris-Perry and Others Unite at U.S. Institute
WASHINGTON -- January 18, 2013
On Sunday, January 20, Points of Light, Target, and the Corporation for
National and Community Service (CNCS) will launch the third annual America’s
Sunday Supper campaign – a national, grassroots series of community gatherings
designed to bring people together to share a meal and discuss ways people of
all political persuasions, races and ethnicities, ages and faiths can
collaborate to meet urgent local needs.
This first supper of 2013 will take place on Sunday at noon at the U.S.
Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. and will include 240 thought and
industry leaders who will discuss societal challenges related to education and
economic opportunity. The afternoon conversation will be moderated by MSNBC’s
Melissa Harris-Perry. General Colin and Alma Powell will be on hand to deliver
the keynote address.
The first half of the conversation will focus on the topic of education and
will feature remarks from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a panel including
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Strive Network’s Jeff Edmondson, DC Public
Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Public Allies’ Ernesto Morales, an
The second half of the discussion will focus on economic opportunity and will
include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, National Urban League’s Marc
Morial, National Council of La Raza’s Janet Murguía, and Patty Stonesifer,
former chair of White House Council for Community Solutions. The Corporation
for National and Community Service’s Wendy Spencer will close the program.
(Note to the media: This is an invitation-only event. B-Roll and photographs
will be available by 4:00 pm via FTP. Call Carrie Fox at 202-255-9214 to
“Through America’s Sunday Suppers, we aim to create a year-round commitment to
service, dialogue and civic engagement, bridge differences and come together
in unity,” noted Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn. “There’s no more fitting
place than the nation’s capital, and no more fitting time than Martin Luther
King, Jr. weekend, to kick off this important series of discussions aimed at
forging hands-on solutions to the challenges of our day.”
The goal for 2013 is to engage 100,000 people in Sunday Suppers, both in
public venues, and in private homes across the country.
Additional cities that will be home to an America’s Sunday Supper in 2013
*Chicago (February 2013) Hosted by Chicago Bears’ Israel Idonije.
*Los Angeles (April 2013): Invited special guests to include Points of
Light Service Ambassador Jacob Soboroff and other celebrities.
*Washington, D.C. (June 2013): Invited special guests to include Juan
Williams (Fox News), Robert Griffin, III (Washington Redskins), and
members of Congress.
*Atlanta, GA (August 2013): Invited special guests to include Rev. Bernice
King, Dikembe Mutombo and Tony Gonzales.
So far, more than 60,000 people across the country have pledged to participate
in a supper, gather their neighbors and talk about how to move forward
together. Future topics will include unemployment, homelessness, education,
hunger, and the growing needs of our veterans and military families.
For more information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service,
or to learn more about hosting an America’s Sunday Supper in your community,
visit the Points of Light website or follow Points of Light on Facebook or
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer
service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the
world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of
nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in
30 million hours of service each year. We put people at the center of change.
For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,782 stores
across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its
first stores in Canada in 2013. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its
profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more
than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to
corporate responsibility, visitTarget.com/hereforgood.
About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that
engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps,
AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund, and leads President Obama’s
national call to service initiative, United We Serve. CNCS supports Points of
Light through grants that are distributed to sub-grantees to mobilize hundreds
of thousands around the country in service on MLK Day.
for Points of Light
Carrie Fox, 202-255-9214
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