D.C. United to attend Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Holiday Party

Washington, D.C. (December 15, 2009) - D.C. United announced today it will once again support Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Party for D.C.’s disadvantaged youth. This is the fifth year in a row in which the club and its charitable arm, United for D.C., have helped Congresswoman Norton stage this D.C. Holiday tradition. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, and will be held in the Cannon House Office Building.

“D.C. United is happy to once again partner with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for her annual Holiday Party,” said United’s Director of Community Relations Aprile Pritchet. “Serving our community is a part of the team's mission and we are grateful to be in the position to put smiles on so many children's faces during this special time of year.”

D.C. United player Josh Wicks will be present to lend a helping hand to Santa Claus by distributing toys, donated by United staff and supporters and the Congresswoman’s office, to all in attendance. In addition to donating children’s toys, D.C. United and United for D.C. will also provide staff and volunteers to help during the event.

For the past nineteen years, the Eleanor Holmes Norton Annual Capitol Hill Christmas Party has provided toys, such as board games, books and sports equipment, as well as warm clothes to disadvantaged kids in the D.C. area. More than 300 children are expected to benefit from this year’s event.

For more information on this event, please contact United’s Director of Community Relations, Aprile Pritchet at 202-587-5453 or apritchet@dcunited.com .

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Doug Hicks, dhicks@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5448,

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Cristina Cruz, ccruz@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5440