WI Staff | 2/15/2010, 2:53 p.m.
WHO: Washington Wizards and Amtrak WHAT: Amtrak Pioneer Award Presentation to...
On the stage at the Wizards practice court was representation of the past and the future of the Wizards organization. Photo by John E De Freitas.

WHO: Washington Wizards and Amtrak

WHAT: Amtrak Pioneer Award Presentation to Rick Lee, Peggy Cooper Carfritz and Terri Freeman

WHEN: February 19, 2010

In honor of Black History Month, the Washington Wizards and Amtrak will recognize three leaders of the Washington, DC, community. They will each be awarded with the Pioneer Award during halftime of the Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets game on Friday, February 19, 2010.

This year€s recipients of the Pioneer Award are Rick Lee, Owner of Lee€s Flower & Card Shop, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Founder of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Terri Freeman, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. All three recipients have an exemplary record of making the Washington, DC community a better place to live through their hard work and actions.

€The Washington Wizards are honored to partner with Amtrak in recognizing these outstanding community leaders,€ said Judy Holland, Wizards Senior Vice President of Community Relations. €Their contributions to the metropolitan area have not gone unnoticed and we thank them for their service and dedication.€

In addition, The Washington Informer, the largest African American newspaper in the DC area, is helping to promote this worthy event.

Beginning on February 17th through the end of February, the Wizards will also celebrate Black History Month during a timeout each game by highlighting the accomplishments of local figures and/or people that made their mark on the game of basketball.

About Amtrak

As the nation€s intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2009), the railroad carried 27.2 million passengers, making it the second-best year in the company€s history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day€"at speeds up to 150 mph€"to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the operator of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for four commuter rail agencies. Visit Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.

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