One Common Unity (OCU) invites you to join us for Elevate Peace, an exquisite evening to celebrate nearly 20 years of our transformative work. The evening will also raise funds to support our critical work to break the cycles of violence and build compassionate, healthy communities through the power of music, arts, and peace education.

Over the past 20 years, OCU has impacted 25,500+ youth and families through our positive youth development programs. We have trained over 9,800 teachers with our innovative approach and have worked with 42 schools in the Washington, D.C. and the greater metropolitan region. We have also hosted 72 concerts, festivals, and showcases, created five youth musical CDs, and produced three documentaries. While our work has received recognition and accolades, our biggest award is unleashing the potential of underserved youth. A recent impact study of our flagship Fly By Light (FBL) program showed that 84% of our students surveyed graduated high school — a rate far higher than the average in D.C.

Elevate Peace will take place on November 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Josephine Butler Parks Center, a renaissance-revival style mansion. The evening will feature inspiring speakers and performances from program alumni along with curated cocktails and delicious small bites. 


Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Josephine Parks Center

2437 15th St NW

Washington, DC 20009


Event donations to attend start at $100 per person. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows and proceeds support One Common Unity’s mission. The event host committee has graciously covered the entire cost of the event. Our thanks to the following Leadership Council, Board Members and Sponsors for their assistance in making the event an evening to remember:  

Sherryleen Lynch - Event Co-Chair and Host Committee Member

Anna Pollock, Event Co-Chair

Tisha Deloney, Event Co-Chair

Hawah Kasat, Host Committee Member

Wendy Jackson - Host Committee Member

Sharif Ibrahim - Host Committee Member

Andy Shallal - Host Committee Member

Frank White - Host Committee Member

Shamini Selvaratnam - Host Committee Member

John Hansen - Host Committee Member

Chinedu Enekwe - Host Committee Member

Michaela Weber - Host Committee Member

Jack Gocke - Host Committee Member

Jocko Fajardo - Host Committee Member

Izzy Martens - Host Committee Member

Karine Bailly - Host Committee Member

If you would would like to join the Host Committee, please click this link.

And special thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters for helping to make Elevate Peace an enjoyable event for all you! 

AmeriHealth Caritas DC - Bronze Sponsor

Georgetown University - Bronze Sponsor

Old City Properties - Bronze Sponsor

Lululemon 


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Elevate Peace - Fall 2019

by One Common Unity


One Common Unity (OCU) invites you to join us for Elevate Peace, an exquisite evening to celebrate nearly 20 years of our transformative work. The evening will also raise funds to support our critical work to break the cycles of violence and build compassionate, healthy communities through the power of music, arts, and peace education.

Over the past 20 years, OCU has impacted 25,500+ youth and families through our positive youth development programs. We have trained over 9,800 teachers with our innovative approach and have worked with 42 schools in the Washington, D.C. and the greater metropolitan region. We have also hosted 72 concerts, festivals, and showcases, created five youth musical CDs, and produced three documentaries. While our work has received recognition and accolades, our biggest award is unleashing the potential of underserved youth. A recent impact study of our flagship Fly By Light (FBL) program showed that 84% of our students surveyed graduated high school — a rate far higher than the average in D.C.

Elevate Peace will take place on November 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Josephine Butler Parks Center, a renaissance-revival style mansion. The evening will feature inspiring speakers and performances from program alumni along with curated cocktails and delicious small bites. 


Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Josephine Parks Center

2437 15th St NW

Washington, DC 20009


Event donations to attend start at $100 per person. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows and proceeds support One Common Unity’s mission. The event host committee has graciously covered the entire cost of the event. Our thanks to the following Leadership Council, Board Members and Sponsors for their assistance in making the event an evening to remember:  

Sherryleen Lynch - Event Co-Chair and Host Committee Member

Anna Pollock, Event Co-Chair

Tisha Deloney, Event Co-Chair

Hawah Kasat, Host Committee Member

Wendy Jackson - Host Committee Member

Sharif Ibrahim - Host Committee Member

Andy Shallal - Host Committee Member

Frank White - Host Committee Member

Shamini Selvaratnam - Host Committee Member

John Hansen - Host Committee Member

Chinedu Enekwe - Host Committee Member

Michaela Weber - Host Committee Member

Jack Gocke - Host Committee Member

Jocko Fajardo - Host Committee Member

Izzy Martens - Host Committee Member

Karine Bailly - Host Committee Member

If you would would like to join the Host Committee, please click this link.

And special thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters for helping to make Elevate Peace an enjoyable event for all you! 

AmeriHealth Caritas DC - Bronze Sponsor

Georgetown University - Bronze Sponsor

Old City Properties - Bronze Sponsor

Lululemon