Lenzy Ruffin Photography Blog

Lenzy Ruffin is a corporate event and headshot photographer in Washington, DC. He creates publication-quality images that capture what you or your organization are all about. He helps you tell your story with compelling images that grab people's attention. Whether it's event photography or headshots, Lenzy Ruffin creates images that make people click.

Thursday Network's 25th Anniversary Celebration

From the Thursday Network website:

"For more than 24 years, Thursday Network has supported the programs of the Greater Washington Urban League by serving the diverse needs of Washington, D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Md. Our mission is to provide a place for young professionals to support the GWUL and focus our energies on community service and economic empowerment, as well as our own personal & professional development and civic involvement. Thursday Network members are a part of the legacy of the National Urban League and stand united in the causes of Jobs, Education, Housing and Health.

Created to generate a pipeline of leaders connected to The Urban League Movement, Thursday Network has developed a number of signature programs that impact our community. Our I EMPOWER scholarship has awarded service minded students in D.C. and Md. with $154,000 towards their college education over the past 22 years. Our Empowerment Academy establishes mentoring programs in D.C. schools, that equips young students with life skills related to the National Urban League Empowerment Goals. Each year, we host Young Blacks Give Backs month, to highlight our commitment to service and show that Thursday Network’s young professionals are engaged in the betterment of our neighborhoods. These are just a few of the highlights of our work in the community, as we host these along with a variety of service events each month."

Chef William Young. Never met him before the event, but I know his name now. Great food is one of the best mnemonic devices!

Chef William Young. Never met him before the event, but I know his name now. Great food is one of the best mnemonic devices!

Mini explosions of goodness, courtesy Chef Krys White of Unique Soul Cuisine. If you need a caterer for your event, you need to talk to Krys. Check her out at UniqueSoulCuisine.com

Mini explosions of goodness, courtesy Chef Krys White of Unique Soul Cuisine. If you need a caterer for your event, you need to talk to Krys. Check her out at UniqueSoulCuisine.com

Carlos Clanton, President of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP).

Carlos Clanton, President of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP).

Violinist extraordinaire, Candice Mott.

Violinist extraordinaire, Candice Mott.

Vice President of the DC chapter of Thursday Network, Brian Hence and the lady who started it all back in '92, Maudine Cooper.

Vice President of the DC chapter of Thursday Network, Brian Hence and the lady who started it all back in '92, Maudine Cooper.

Former presidents of the DC chapter: Charis Goff (center), B. Michael Young (left), Brian Bronson (right).

Former presidents of the DC chapter: Charis Goff (center), B. Michael Young (left), Brian Bronson (right).

Maudine Cooper (center) surrounded by those who serve the community through the house that she built.

Maudine Cooper (center) surrounded by those who serve the community through the house that she built.

The Greater Washington Urban League and Thursday Network are incredible organizations that are out actively serving the community on a daily basis. Protest rallies and marches, etc. have their place, but if you're looking for ways to effect substantive and lasting changes in your community, organizations like these are where that kind of work is done. If collaborating with a bunch of great minds to create the kind of world you want to live in sounds good to you, you should definitely pay a visit to these organizations (or ones like them in your area) and find a way to get involved.


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