Promise Night Gala 2016

Promise Night

America’s Promise Alliance hosted Promise Night on April 20 to honor the extraordinary work of four individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of children and to renew our commitment to make the promise of America real for every child.

At the gala, held at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., our founding and current chairs, Gen. Colin and Mrs. Alma Powell, presented Promise of America Awards to:

  • Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation
  • Angela Diaz, director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
  • Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises

“Our honorees are extraordinary leaders in their fields, pulling out all the stops to make the promise of America real for every child,” said Alma J. Powell. “We look forward to celebrating their successes, following their careers and their example as they continue to do all they can to help children reach their full potential.”

Check out photos from the evening and a collection of the evening’s highlights, as told through social media posts. 

We look forward to next year’s gala, a celebration of the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise, to be held April 18, 2017 in New York City.

Title Sponsor

Los Angeles Dodgers

State Farm

Presenting Sponsor
Gold Sponsors

AT&T

Beatrice and Anthony Welters

Boeing

Helios

Land O'Lakes, Inc.

The Lauder Foundation - Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund

NCTA

National Retail Federation

Pepsico

Target

Silver Sponsors
Supporters

Promise Night 2016

Media Mentions

For her work leading public media’s American Graduate initiative to help countless youth succeed, CPB President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison received a 2016 Promise of America Award from America’s Promise Alliance. General Colin L. Powell, founding chair of America’s Promise, and Mrs. Alma J. Powell, current board chair, presented the award to Harrison at the Promise Night gala April 20 in Washington, D.C.
America's Promise Alliance is working to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020. To celebrate the nation's progress and map out the road ahead, celebrities and industry leaders will gather at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington D.C. on April 20.

Four local Student Reporting Labs journalists from Frederick Douglass High School were there to interview event honorees including NBA All-Star Earvin "Magic" Johnson and the President of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Patricia Harrison.
America’s Promise Alliance, the largest network of national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, will honor the CEO of a company that has given $1 billion for education; the director of the largest adolescent health center in the U.S., the CEO of a public media organization dedicated to increasing the nation’s high school graduation rate; and a former NBA player and philanthropist whose work benefits underserved youth and communities.
  • For her work leading public media’s American Graduate initiative to help countless youth succeed, CPB President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison received a 2016 Promise of America Award from America’s Promise Alliance. General Colin L. Powell, founding chair of America’s Promise, and Mrs. Alma J. Powell, current board chair, presented the award to Harrison at the Promise Night gala April 20 in Washington, D.C.
  • America's Promise Alliance is working to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020. To celebrate the nation's progress and map out the road ahead, celebrities and industry leaders will gather at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington D.C. on April 20.

    Four local Student Reporting Labs journalists from Frederick Douglass High School were there to interview event honorees including NBA All-Star Earvin "Magic" Johnson and the President of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Patricia Harrison.
  • America’s Promise Alliance, the largest network of national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, will honor the CEO of a company that has given $1 billion for education; the director of the largest adolescent health center in the U.S., the CEO of a public media organization dedicated to increasing the nation’s high school graduation rate; and a former NBA player and philanthropist whose work benefits underserved youth and communities.