Young Playwrights' Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.

Eat for Good

YPT's 2014 Giving Voice Award Gala

Eat for Good
YPT's 2014 Giving Voice Award Gala
A taste of DC to benefit YPT

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Honoring Andy Shallal
Founder, Busboys & Poets



Saturday, March 15, 2014
7:30pm - 11pm

641 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004


Sample your way through DC with food and drinks from local restaurants, enter to win unique raffle prizes and dance the night away to live music as we honor artist, activist and entrepreneur Andy Shallal with our 2014 Giving Voice Award.

The YPT Giving Voice Award recognizes extraordinary individuals who have exemplified YPT’s spirit and vision by giving voice to the voiceless and inspiring others to realize their full potential.

Proceeds to benefit YPT and inspire thousands of local students to discover the power and value of their voices and stories through playwriting.

RSVP by March 10

Tickets $50 Each*
Black tie, blue jeans or both

 *A portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt for your purchase after the event.


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About Andy Shallal

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur.  He is the founder of Busboys and Poets and Eatonville Restaurant.  Both restaurant concepts create an environment where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.  Spaces to feed the mind, body and soul and where art, culture and politics take center stage and collide.  With 4 locations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Busboys and Poets has become home for progressives, artists and intellectuals including such notables as Howard Zinn, Cornel West, Alice Walker and Nikki Giovanni to name a few.

Shallal’s businesses are members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a national restaurant worker and owner association that focuses on sustainable business and employment practices.  Busboys and Poets and Eatonville Restaurant have been at the forefront of environmental stewardship being one of the first businesses in Washington DC to be 100% wind powered and are at the cutting edge of the local/sustainable food movement winning many awards and recognitions locally and nationally.  Shallal has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, Employer of the Year from the Employment Justice Center and the Mayor’s Environmental Award.

Shallal has founded or co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others. He is on the board of trustees for the Institute for Policy Studies and the Co-Chairman of Think Local First DC, a local business association.  He also sits on the board of several arts and peace organizations including The Anacostia Community Museum and the Washington Peace Center and continues to strive to make his hometown of Washington DC a more livable community.

This event is hosted by the YPT Board of Directors.
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