**SOLD OUT** - Spirit of Service 2021

  • 08/12/2021
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Riggs Washington DC hotel


The event is SOLD OUT...Thanks for all that have purchased tickets and we look forward to celebrating our community leaders with you!


To say it has been a hard year would be an understatement. So many lives were uprooted, disrupted, and sadly lost as the world struggled to combat the effects of COVID-19. For many in the community, the lifelines of support they depended on were in danger of collapse, potentially causing catastrophic, cascading pain to communities of interconnected citizens. 

And yet, even though the world paid a large toll, there were people, organizations, and institutions that stood tall during these arduous times as not only a backbone of support, but as a guiding light of inspiration to others, cascading hope and action instead of despair. 

Thus as the world returns to normal, hopefully a new, more equitable normal, Thursday Network welcomes back members, supporters, friends, and the community to the 7th Annual Spirit of Service Awards. This  award ceremony  has historically honored local organizations and individuals whose gifts of time and energy are aligned with the mission of Thursday Network for the betterment of the greater Washington, DC community. 

Awards will be given in the following categories:


Volunteer of the Year: To be awarded to a current TN member who exemplifies service through the giving of their time and resources to the organization throughout the year. 

Maudine R. Cooper Community Excellence Award: To be awarded to an exemplary community or corporate partner of the Greater Washington Urban League and Thursday Network.

Luminary Award: A recognition bestowed upon an inspirational young professional that exemplifies the National Urban League creed of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives. Nominees must reside or serve in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, or the District of Columbia; must be between the ages of 21-40; and must have a stellar record of service in the Greater Washington Community.

Tara Jones Legacy Award: Formerly known as the TN Legacy Circle Award, the Tara Jones Legacy Award is to be awarded to past or current Thursday Network members that has created a lasting legacy through their work with the National Urban League movement and the greater community at large.  To be eligible, the recipient must be a past board member of Thursday Network.  The recipient will be chosen by the Executive Board by advisement of the President.

Community Catalyst Award: This award is given to an individual that is, by definition, exemplifying the truest words of Catalyst. They are leading an event, initiative, or program that is laying the foundation for a thriving community for years to come. They must be between the ages of 16-22; be enrolled full-time in high school or accredited college/university.

Although primarily an event that recognizes the achievements of the greater Thursday Network Community, this event doubles as a fundraiser.


Dress code for this event is cocktail attire. 


Register here today on eventbrite!

Thursday Network

Greater Washington Urban League Building

2901 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
General Body Meetings occur on the 4th Thursdays of the month at 6:30p.

About Us

Founded in 1992, Thursday Network is comprised of over 200 young professionals committed to serving the Washington Metropolitan area through community programs and partnership that address the Empowerment Goals of the National Urban League. The mission of TN is to provide a forum for young adults, ages 21 – 40, to focus their energies on community service, professional development, and political involvement.

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