Blog: 27 November 2012

Tuesday, November 27

Just two months ago Diane Sawyer visited UrbanPromise in Camden and spoke at our 25th Anniversary Banquet. It was an inspirational, moving—and fun—night, made all the more special by her warm and welcoming presence.

According to Ms. Sawyer’s inner circle, she seldom speaks at these kinds of events. She’s busy and careful about whom she aligns herself with. I was incredibly honored that, in the midst of a very hectic television season, she kept her promise to our community.

But Ms. Sawyer did more than just speak during the evening’s program. She arrived two hours early to interact with guests and enjoy a meal with the children and families featured in her 2007 20/20 special “Waiting on the World to Change.”

While eating dinner, she asked each child very direct and personalized questions. I found this remarkable! What books had they read since their last meeting? How were their grades? What did they think about the current political situation? She approached their conversations as if they were part of a high profile interview. 

But what impacted me most deeply about Diane Sawyer’s visit is that she remembered our young people. It was obvious that this was not just another news story. She cares about the kind of people our children are becoming. And her concern, interest, and commitment continue to influence their lives.

Ivan Stevens, who was homeless when featured on 20/20, is now in 5th grade at our school and watches ABC World News every weekday evening. “He won’t let anyone near the remote,” shares his mother Precious. “Everyone in our house watches the news with Ms. Sawyer. Ivan is becoming an expert of world affairs.” He calls the show’s anchor his “friend.”

Like Diane Sawyer, I hope you will remember the children of UrbanPromise.

Since your first gift to our organization, our team has faithfully protected, educated, and loved Camden’s most vulnerable children. We’ve provided creative, structured, and academically enriching programs that keep young people off the dangerous city streets. 

But it costs money to remember. Fuel is needed to run the vans that transport our youth to and from home, insurance needs to be current, and salaries need to be paid. Remembering can be expensive.

In honor of Ms. Sawyer’s visit to UrbanPromise, I hope you’ll donate a year-end gift to our ministry.

Consider sponsoring a:

  • Child – Just $30/month ($360/year) provides a Camden child with free after-school and summer camp programming.
  • Teen – A donation of $42/month ($504/year) provides a teen with year-round hands-on job training and academic enrichment.
  • Student – By partnering with a student for $208/month ($2,500/year), you’ll enable UrbanPromise to offer high-quality education in a structured and loving environment.
  • Trekker – A monthly donation of $150, or an annual gift of $1,800, enables UrbanPromise to provide youth with experiential and expeditionary trips at little to no cost to them.

Thank you for remembering. Have a blessed holiday season.

Bruce Main
UrbanPromise President & Founder

P.S. Check out the recent cover story about Diane Sawyer and UrbanPromise in SJ Magazine and the video of this year's banquet!

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