Stacie Turner Garners Celebrity Support for New Charitable Initiative Addressing DC Area Teen Girls Living in Foster Care
[January 21, 2010] Extra-Ordinary Life (XOL), a new charitable initiative founded by entrepreneur Stacie Turner, kicks off the year with a life-changing program that benefits DC area teen girls living in foster care. The luncheon held last Friday, themed, “Journey to South Africa: 165 Days to The World Cup”, is the first of several upcoming events intended to raise money to take 15 DC area teen girls currently living in foster care, on a life-altering trip to South Africa during the World Cup. “My goal is to show teenage girls that the world is their oyster by providing extraordinary experiences,” said Stacie Turner, the visionary behind Extra-Ordinary Life, who was adopted out of the DC foster care system.
Over 200 guests attended at the W Hotel, including DC City Council members Marion Barry, David Catania, Muriel Bowser, Yvette Alexander, and Council Chairman, Vince Gray; and former first mother Virginia Williams, herself a foster child and foster parent. Other special guests included South African rapper Hip Hop Pantsula, former DC Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis, Joigie and Ken Tolson representing the Melvin B. Tolson Foundation. Gospel artist Kelly Chapman sang and comedienne Kiana Dancie served as the mistress of ceremonies.
Extra-Ordinary Life is a Washington DC-based program that operates within the Pursuit of Dreams Foundation (PDF), tax ID#20-4286392, an established 501(c)(3) that provides intervention resources, motivation and guidance to youth. The PDF is founded/led by legendary University of Texas Track & Cross Country Coach Beverly Kearney.