Press Release: "Empowering Women Reception and Fundraiser" to Support Women’s Education

The Margaret McNamara Education Grants is hosting its charity benefit reception at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Oct 28, 2016  from 6 pm to 9 pm

Washington D.C. (October 24, 2016) – The Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG), a Washington D.C.-based public charity, is pleased to announce our « Empowering Women Reception and Fundraiser » in honor of our 35th anniversary. The fun event will raise funds to support women’s education from the developing world and is sponsored by Trade Center Management Associates.

Professor Elizabeth Kucinich, a champion for health, human rights, and the environment will keynote the reception. A live auction, hosted by Justin Swisher will include many exciting items from holiday packages in Los Cabos and Tuscany to art pieces from world famous artists. The charity benefit event will also feature live music by Kathy Hankins and Tony Nalker, rich cultural presentations and a photo exhibition. Still photography is welcome. RSVP’s requested at

MMEG is a volunteer-led non-profit organization that provides grants to women from developing countries to further their education and strengthen their leadership skills. Since its inception, MMEG grantees are making a difference in a vast array of areas, from legal and human rights, to health, education, and they are committed to the well-being of women and children and to returning to a developing country upon graduation.

Monica Vidili, MMEG’s President, said «We believe that women are empowered through education and individual women can change communities for the better. We educate one exceptional woman and she trains thousands. As we celebrate 35 years of helping women and communities in the developing world - one extraordinary woman at a time -, we are calling Washingtonians to join us to empower women through education together. »

MMEG was founded in honor of Margaret Craig McNamara’s life-long commitment to women and children and her advocacy of education. Ms. McNamara was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 for creating the  « Reading is Fundamental » program, which provided youngsters all over this country with millions of books. Over more than 30 years, 319 women from 70 countries have been awarded a total of $2 million in MMEG grants.

The event is also supported by the World Bank Family Network (WBFN), Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union, and the Washington Diplomat Magazine.

About MMEG » MMEG is a nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) public charity, which awards education grants to exceptional women from developing countries. who are at least 25 years old, and enrolled at universities in the US, Canada and select universities in South Africa and Latin America. For more information, please visit