2013 Friends of National Service Reception

 


 

On the night of Monday, February 11th, The Corps Network joined with friends from the broader National Service Community in the East Hall of Union Station for the Friends of National Service Reception. Sponsored by CSX, Comcast / NBC Universal, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the event celebrated such champions of National Service as former President Bill Clinton and retired U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). Mary Ellen Ardouny, President and CEO of The Corps Network, helped conduct the ceremony. Wendy Spencer, CEO for the Corporation for National & Community Service, spoke powerfully in a surprise special guest appearance. For a full list of winners, click here.
 


From Left to Right: Raghda Raphael, 2013 Corpsmember of the Year from Urban Corps of San Diego; 
 Jorge G. Silva-Bañuelos, former staff member of Senator Jeff Bingaman; Mary Ellen Ardouny, President and CEO of The Corps Network.
 

Partway through the reception we heard from Raghda Raphael, a 2013 Corpsmember of the Year from Urban Corps of San Diego. Raghda delivered a moving speech about how Urban Corps helped her find her way in America. She spoke about moving to California in 2010 to escape the violence and personal tragedies her family had experienced in their native Iraq. Raghda described how the Corps helped her learn English, pass the California High School Exit Exam, and earn her high school diploma.

A gallery of photos from the Reception can be found here.