Lanmark Technology Inc, President & CEO Lani Hay Hosts Opening Dinner for Children Uniting Nations 5th Annual ConferencePublished by webadmin on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 13:09
VIENNA, VA (July 2010) — On July 20, 2010, Lani Hay, President and CEO of Lanmark Technology (LMT) Inc., partnered with Christine Warnke and Greg Houston to host a private dinner to kick-off the Children Uniting Nations (CUN) conference. The dinner was held at Neylas Restaurant in Washington, DC and was attended by Jermaine & Randy Jackson, the Blind Side's Quinton Aaron, Oprah Winfrey-discovered Island/Def Jam artist Abraham McDonald, and the Founder and Chair of Children Uniting Nations Daphna E. Ziman.
The dinner began with opening remarks by Hay discussing her commitment to philanthropy and the future of children around the world. Hay has been involved with mentoring at risk youth since her high school years in Manassas, Va. She stated “being a mentor for at-risk children affords you the opportunity to give back to the community in a very substantial way. A small investment of your time can have a lifelong impact on a child and inspire them to dream beyond what's in front of them, enabling them to reach their full potential."
Ziman followed with a statement that although Michael Jackson has passed away, the Jackson family continues to triumph his call and dedication to the children of the world with their selfless generosity. Jermaine & Randy Jackson pledged a percentage of the proceeds from their next album to be directed to Children Uniting Nations, which demonstrates their commitment to charity and investment in children. Quinton Aaron said a few words of appreciation for attending the event and shared the story of Michael Ohers, the person he portrays in the movie the Blind Side. Abraham McDonald shared his personal experiences involving mentoring, and his continued hope for the advancement of young people everywhere. McDonald then sang his hit song Miracle acapella to all the guests.
Children Uniting Nations is a proactive organization created to bring attention to the plight of atrisk and foster youth. The goal is to reach as many children in out-of-home care by offering rolemodel support, guidance, a sense of community and promote the importance of an education. The Children Uniting Nations day-long conference is annually hosted in Washington, DC for policy-makers, non-profit leaders, and academics to discuss policies that are affecting children. The 2010 conference is hosted by Children Uniting Nations, the California Endowment, and Casey Family Programs. The 2010 theme is "Keeping the Promise to Our Children".