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Details set for Sixth Annual United Awards Reception

Washington, D.C. (September 17, 2009) - D.C. United today announced details for the Sixth Annual United Awards Reception. The event will be held Tuesday, October 27 at the historic Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. and will benefit United for D.C., the charitable arm of D.C. United. Registration and cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the awards presentation to honor United’s 2009 team awards winners beginning at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow. Attire is business casual to cocktail attire. Tickets are now available at www.unitedfordc.org and by calling D.C. United at 202-587-5000.

“The Annual United Awards Reception is a great way for fans to celebrate the team’s accomplishments and interact with the players while they support the club’s charity, United for D.C.,” said President and CEO Kevin Payne. “We are excited to gather with our loyal supporters as we get ready for the MLS Cup playoffs.”

Sponsorship packages are available at the Presenting ($3,500) and Supporting ($2,000) levels. Sponsorship packages include recognition in all press releases and other communication, logo placement on banners and programs for the event, one set of five invitations to the reception and a D.C. United team autographed jersey. The United Awards Reception is open to the public, with tickets available for $100.

The United Awards Reception allows fans to enjoy an evening with their favorite players and celebrate their accomplishments on and off the field. The 2009 team awards will include the Coaches’ Award, Defender of the Year and Most Valuable Player, among others. The Reception will also recognize United for D.C.’s activities throughout the Washington D.C. community. All proceeds from the event benefit United for D.C. and help carry out its mission to create and support programs to advance the opportunities of the economically, physically and mentally disadvantaged youth of the greater Washington D.C. area.

In its seventh year of existence, United for D.C. has further established itself as one of the most creative and efficient foundations in Washington, D.C. Through three primary initiatives, the organization touches countless lives. United Soccer Club, an after-school program created at the request of underserved local residents, provides an organized outlet for children to play soccer at ten different locations twice a week. The Kicks for Kids program will bring more than 7,000 underprivileged youth to watch United play this season alone. United Reads, currently presented in six DC elementary schools, distributes books during player visits to classrooms.

For more information about the Awards Reception, please contact United for D.C. Foundation Manager Kate Larned at 202-587-5463 or klarned@dcunited.com .

Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either “D.C. United” or “United,” but not “the D.C. United” or “the United.” We appreciate your cooperation.

Doug Hicks, dhicks@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5448,
Boris Flores, bflores@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5452,
Kyle Sheldon, ksheldon@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5450 or
Cristina Cruz, ccruz@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5440