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Ronald H. Brown – The Journey Continues: Silent Auction and Recognition Dinner

On Friday, March 19, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC, The Ron Brown Scholar Program held its first annual fundraiser hosted by Rodney E. Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation. With support from DLA Piper, Care First and State Farm, the Ronald H. Brown – The Journey Continues: Silent Auction and Recognition Dinner celebrated the life journey and continuing legacy of Ronald H. Brown, and paid tribute to his lifelong commitment to public service and dedication to providing opportunities for others. In honor of the legacy of the former Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown Scholar Fund has created the first annual Ron Brown American Journey Award, which was presented during the dinner to honor individuals who create opportunities for others to reach their potential and achieve success.

The 2010 Ron Brown American Journey honorees were:

  • Norman R. Rales, Self-made Businessman and Philanthropist
  • Mona K. Sutphen, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
  • Aaron S. Williams, Director – U.S. Peace Corps


President Bill Clinton Tribute to Ron Brown


2010 Journey Event - Ron Brown Tribute


2010 Journey Event - Message to RBSP Community


2010 Journey Award Recipient Norman Rales Tribute Video


2010 Journey Award Recipient Mona Sutphen Tribute Video


2010 Journey Award Recipient Aaron Williams Tribute Video


2010 Journey Award Event Highlights


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
  • CAP Charitable Foundation
  • DLA Piper
  • Ron Brown Scholars
  • Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • The Cochran Firm, P.C.
  • State Farm
  • Vangent, Inc.
  • Werner Family Foundation

  • Ambassador Diana Lady Dougan
  • Patton Boggs, LLP
  • Morris & Jaci Reid

  • Norma Barfield
  • Sharon Brickhouse-Martin
  • Alma Brown
  • The Caraway Group
  • The Coca-Cola Company, Washington, DC
  • DC Ventures & Associates
  • Terri Dean
  • Lauri Fitz-Pegado
  • Barbara & Hamilton Fox
  • James Hackney
  • Secretary Alexis Herman
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Jonathan Mariner
  • Walter Morris
  • Walter & Shirley Oliver
  • Josh Rales/Mike Ryan
  • Georgina Sanger
  • Rob Stein
  • Elsie Wilson Thompson
  • Verizon Foundation
  • Weber Shandwick
  • Ronde & Claudia Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Lance Blanks, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jose Dominguez, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
  • Nupur & Guy Flynn
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel
  • Raymond Grissom
  • Linda Grossman, Helen Hayes Awards
  • MTV
  • Jonathan Mariner, Major League Baseball
  • Gavin McFarland, Pacific Epoch Group
  • Bharati Parekh
  • Anthony M. Pilaro, CAP Foundation
  • Sharon Ricketts
  • Nolan Ryan
  • The Wine Source, Baltimore, MD
  • George Thomas, Photographer
  • Michael Triesman
  • Jill Urquhart, George & Henry, LLC
  • WHUR—Howard University Radio