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Five Local Philanthropists to Receive Benjamin E. Cooper Award

Five local philanthropists have been selected as honorees at the 15th Annual Benjamin E. Cooper Awards. This annual event recognizes outstanding leaders making a lasting impact in our community through their work to end homelessness. Community members and press are invited to attend.

At the time of his tragic death at the age of 17, in 1997, Ben Cooper was a committed and enthusiastic volunteer at Friendship Place. His encouragement of those coming through the doors for help inspired both staff and other volunteers. Friendship Place is honored to give this annual award in Ben’s memory, with special thanks to his parents, Judith Areen and Richard Cooper, for their faithful support of the event throughout its 15-year history.

Fifteenth Annual Benjamin E. Cooper Awards

 Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Reception with cocktail buffet 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Award presentations 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Adas Israel Congregation – 2850 Quebec St. NW (Connecticut Ave. & Porter St. NW) Washington, DC 20008


  • Andrew Aning, Good Neighbor Award
  • Anne Frank House, Inc., Partnership in Mission Award
  • Sally Craig, Leadership Award
  • Marilyn Hannigan, Community Building Award
  • Leigh Rollins, Humanitarian Award

Read more about the honorees here.

REGISTER:  Tickets are $60 for early registration (deadline October 12) and $75 for late registration and at the door. Purchase tickets online at http://15thBenCooper.eventbrite.com

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