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Business Gives Back Raises Money for Charities

Dean Doug Guthrie joined students on stage at the second annual "Business Gives Back" event to raise money for charities.

Over 200 alumni, students, faculty, administrators and business representatives gathered Jan. 28 at the House of Sweden on the Georgetown waterfront in Washington, D.C., for the second annual “Business Gives Back” event to raise money for charity.

Business Gives Back is a student-led initiative celebrating business’ commitment to responsible management and social change.

This year’s event featured a student band performing music from Chopin to the Beatles. Dean Doug Guthrie joined the students on guitar and vocals for “Proud Mary” and “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Proceeds from the event benefit three nonprofits that were started by current MBA students at GWSB. They are:

  • Music for Matt, a nonprofit led by Daniel Lieberman, JD, MBA, 2012, that raises money for scholarships and a Peace Corp partnership program in Mali in memory of Matt Costa, a Peace Corps volunteer who died in a boating accident in Mali in 2006.
  • GWSB Financial Literacy Program, a student-run volunteer placement program run by Amir Abdullah, GMBA, 2012, that matches GW graduate students, faculty and alumni with opportunities to teach financial literacy in the Washington, D.C.-area.
  • The Jena Ashley Smiles 929 Foundation, a nonprofit led by Jay Leblang, PMBA 2012, in memory of his wife, Jena Hellman Leblang, a 2008 GW Law School graduate who died in January 2011 after an extended illness. The foundation raises money for community-service projects.

“Business Gives Back” also gave its first annual Distinguished Alumni Award to Dan Simons, BBA, ’92, a principal at the restaurant and hospitality consulting firm Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group (VSAG) and a partner at Farmers Restaurant Group. Simons was honored for sustainable business practices.


Posted by gwsb on February 7, 2012 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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