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September 8, 2006
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Mayor Anthony Williams Roasted by Friends, Colleagues and Adversaries Alike

Southeastern University 7th Annual Gala Features Roast of Mayor Anthony Williams, Includes Democratic Nominee for Mayor Adrian Fenty, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, George Washington University President Stephen Trachtenberg, the Honorable Joshua Bolten and Tom Sherwood, NBC 4 Broadcast Reporter

Southeastern University, the 127 year-old Washington, DC academic institution, will hold its 7th Annual Gala on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Mayor Anthony Williams will be the guest of honor as local celebrities, politicians and community leaders have good natured fun at the Mayor's expense. Featured speakers will include Democratic Nominee for Mayor Adrian Fenty, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Council members David Catania and Jack Evans, George Washington University President, Stephen Trachtenberg, the Honorable Joshua Bolten and Emmy Award Winning Actor, Jeffrey Wright, who appeared in the critically acclaimed movie Syriana and numerous other Hollywood films including Lady in the Water, currently in theatres. The Gala is the largest fundraising activity for the University, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to support student programs, scholarships and activities.

WHAT: The Seventh Annual Gala of Southeastern University featuring Mayor Anthony Williams. Tom Sherwood, broadcast journalist with News Channel 4 will be MC for the evening.

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Reception and Silent Auction, 6:00 PM
Dinner, 7:30 PM

WHERE:   Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008

COST:  $250.00 a ticket, members of the press, FREE admission

FOR THE MEDIA: Photo and interview opportunities with attendees. Interview opportunities can be arranged prior to the start of the Gala with Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, President of Southeastern University and keynote "roasters."

SPONSORS: Close to 60 corporations and foundations are sponsoring the event, to date. Top-tiered sponsors include Comcast, a Major Benefactor, the Freddie Mac Foundation, a Diamond Sponsor and Platinum Sponsors including BB&T;, Bert Smith & Company, Fannie Mae Foundation, FedEx Corporation, Kaiser Permanente and PEPCO Holdings, Inc.

About Southeastern University

Southeastern University is non-profit institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in business management and technology, with a focus on entrepreneurship. Founded by the YMCA in 1879, Southeastern is chartered by Congress, and has a history of providing a personal, practical, and professional education to the area's youth and working adults. Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis serves as the ninth president of the university, located in the southwest quadrant of Washington, DC.

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