Mark D. Ein – Recipients of the 2017 RWLC Visionary Award

The RWLC Visionary Award celebrates individuals whose vision, impact, and leadership have made a difference in the lives of young people. Mr. Ein is being recognized for his vision in bringing the Washington Kastles to the Nation’s Capital and the significant role that the Washington Kastles have played in re-energizing the region’s interest in the sport

of tennis. Through Mr. Ein’s leadership, the Washington Kastles have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service such as providing tennis clinics for young people that have allowed our local youth to interact and learn from some of the best tennis players in the world.

Reed Smith LLP and A. Scott Bolden, Esq. —2017 Recipients of the  RWLC Legacy Board Award

The RWLC Legacy Board Award recognizes individuals and/or businesses whose efforts have had a significant and sustained positive impact on the work of the RWLC/SETLC. Reed Smith LLP is being recognized for its outstanding service as the pro bono counsel for the RWLC for nearly two decades. In additional to rendering excellent professional legal services, Reed Smith LLP has provided consistent monetary support for the programs and activities of the RWLC/SETLC. Attorney A. Scott Bolden, a partner at Reed Smith LLP, provided outstanding service as the Chairman of the RWLC Board of Directors from2004-2008. He continues to play an integral role in supporting the work of RWLC/SETLC.

Pepco Holdings and Debbi Jarvis— 2017 Recipients of the RWLC Founders Award

The RWLC Founders Award celebrates individuals and/or businesses whose efforts have helped lay the foundation for the work of the RWLC/SETLC and who continue to have a significant impact through their sustained efforts. Pepco Holdings is being recognized as the longest standing sponsor of the RWLC. Pepco Holdings then broadened its support toinclude the SETLC when its doors were opened. Ms. Jarvis, a dedicated RWLC Board Member, has provided strategic guidance and invaluable assistance over the past several years, ensuring that Pepco Holdings continued to play an integral role in supporting the programs and activities of the RWLC/SETLC.

Kerry S. Pearson— 2017 Recipient of the RWLC Pioneer Award

The RWLC Pioneer Award celebrates individuals and/or businesses whose efforts have helped paved the path for the work of the RWLC/SETLC and who continue to have a significant impact through their sustained efforts.  Mr. Kerry Pearson, a truly outstanding past RWLC Board Member has helped facilitate RWLC’s collaborations with industry partners, and continues to be generous, reliable and responsive in lending his personal support.

Catherine (Cathy)  L.  Hughes— 2017 Recipient of the RWLC Humanitarian Award

The RWLC Humanitarian Award celebrates individuals whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of our lives and who have inspired us to reach for greater heights.

Cathy L. Hughes has made a profound difference in the lives of our children.  Her deep-rooted passion for the excellence in education is evidenced by her commitment to continue her family’s work and legacy at the Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi.   However, her reach has  extended beyond Piney Woods to include providing scholarship opportunities across this nation FOR young people, who otherwise would likely be unable to pursue a college education.  Her generosity has included support for the scholars of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

She has also been a champion for the hungry and the homeless, a mentor, and a fierce advocate for minority community empowerment.    Her leadership by example has been a powerful teaching tool. For several years, Cathy L. Hughes has been celebrated as a historical figure in the RWLC’s nationally acclaimed “Blacks In Wax” production.  Through honesty, true grit and determination Cathy L. Hughes exemplifies what it means to “lift others as you climb”.

Katrina L. Peebles-Special Recognition Founding RWLC Board of Directors