Big Gates and Plies Power of Visions Foundation partners with the Ward 8 Empowerment Group to Host Ward 8 Empowerment Day
Making the commitment to do what others in the hip-hop industry only talk about doing, Big Gates/Slip N Slide/Atlantic Recording artist Plies and his recently founded non-profit organization, Big Gates and Plies Power of Visions, have collaborated with the Ward 8 Empowerment Group and It’s Cool To Be Smart, Inc. to host Ward 8 Empowerment Day. This unprecedented community event is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 23rd, from 12pm – 4pm, in Washington, DC at Ferebee Hope Recreation Center on Yuma Street, which will be completely shut down to accommodate the expected 15,000 local attendees.
The Ward 8 Empowerment Day is FREE to the public and will feature live entertainment, basketball, football, tennis, senior bingo and other tournament games for people of all ages as well as many local and national vendors. In addition, introductions and registration opportunities will also be made available during the day, to provide residents with the opportunity to sign up for year long programs, classes and activities that will assist the community in violence prevention and intervention, as well as provide many necessary life support services. Free food will be provided by Outback Steakhouse, Oxon Hill MD and community churches to ensure that all participants are fed. Additional event sponsors include DCCAP, Microsoft, University of Phoenix, Music World Entertainment and House of Dereon.
The Ward 8 Empowerment Day was established to help combat the direct stings and damaging effects of the many issues resulting from the epidemic of violence and all forms of abuse experienced by residents of the District of Columbia, specifically within the Ward 8 Community. Washington Highlands is among one of the most violent neighborhoods in the District of Columbia. It is the largest residential neighborhood in Ward 8 and the poorest, least developed section of Washington, where approximately one third of the city’s 181 homicides in 2007 occurred.
The collaboration with Big Gates and Plies Power Of Visions, It’s Cool To Be Smart and the Ward 8 Empowerment Group, further solidifies Power Of Visions objective “to partner with organizations that mirror our vision and share the same goals. This initial collaboration is the first of many, as we unify for the greater good of serving our communities,” states organization spokesperson, Dionnee Harper.
For more information please visit www.ward8empowerment.org.