Washington, D.C. Community Leaders Come Together to Fight Malaria – June 14 -19, 2007

February 6, 2011

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Washington, D.C. Community Leaders Come Together to Fight Malaria – June 14 -19, 2007

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) June 7, 2007

Nothing But Nets will host a series of events from June 14-19 in Washington, DC as part of its national effort to raise awareness about malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa.


The United Nations Foundation, The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the Washington Mystics, and the people of The United Methodist Church will co-host several events including a Capitol Hill reception with Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ) and an in-arena promotion during the Washington Mystics game, which kicks-off the WNBA’s partnership with Nothing But Nets.


Sheila Johnson – Washington Mystics, President, Managing Partner and Governor

Elizabeth McKee – United Nations Foundation, Director of Nothing But Nets

Donna Orender – WNBA, President

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health

John R. Schol – The United Methodist Church, Bishop

Local events:

Thursday, June 14

5:30 – 7:30 pm ET – WNBA Reception in Support of Nothing But Nets, Capitol Hill

(Rayburn House Office Building, Room B354, Washington, DC)

WNBA President Donna Orender and Washington Mystics President Sheila Johnson kick-off activities in support of the WNBA’s partnership with Nothing But Nets. Congressman Donald M. Payne will also speak about the global fight to prevent malaria.

Friday, June 15

7:00 p.m. Nothing But Nets Night at the Washington Mystics Game, Verizon Center

(601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC)

The Washington Mystics kick-off the first of many Nothing But Nets in-arena nights where players and fans come together to combat malaria together through pre-game and half-time presentations, auctions, and contests.

Tuesday, June 19

12:30pm – 2:00pm ET – Faith Leaders’ Breakfast, Metropolitan United Methodist Church

(3401 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC)

Faith leaders from the DC area will come together to pray for children and families who suffer from malaria and discuss the current issues and threats posed by this disease. The discussion will also focus on opportunities for United Methodists and other faith groups to get involved in Nothing But Nets. Bishop Schol will share highlights from his recent trip with the Nothing But Nets campaign to distribute insecticide-treated bed nets to families and children in Zimbabwe.


All events are open to credentialed media only.

Please contact Amy DiElsi at 202-419-3230.

About Nothing But Nets

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, the people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. Other partners include VH1, The Mark J. Gordon Foundation, AOL Black Voices, Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S., the Wasserman Foundation, and Rotarians’ Action Group on Malaria. It only costs $ 10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches donations dollar for dollar. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

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