Hill Talk

Posted May 14, 2008 at 11:09am

For the children who live in the Wellington Park Apartment complex, located a mere three miles from the Capitol but in one of D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, just getting to school safely can be difficult.

Tonight, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., District Trust Charities will be hosting the first event of its two-part “Summer Kick-Off” fundraiser benefitting Horton’s Kids, a mobile tutoring group that serves 130 children in kindergarten through 12th grade who live in Wellington Park. Tonight’s event will take place at The Rookery (3519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), D.C.’s new members-only lounge. From 8 p.m. to midnight May 31, the second fundraiser will take place at Cantina Marina (600 Water St. SW), overlooking the Southwest waterfront.

Every Monday and Tuesday nights, Horton’s Kids transports children from the Anacostia apartment complex to the Rayburn House Office Building, where Congressional staffers volunteer as tutors. The organization, founded by a former press secretary for the late Rep. Joe Moakley (D-Mass.) in 1989, also tutors kids on Wednesday nights at the Department of Education and offers mentoring field trips to D.C.-area cultural sites on Sunday afternoons.

A group of young D.C. professionals founded District Trust Charities in 2005 to help raise money for those in need. Most of the charity’s board members have worked on Capitol Hill or in the executive branch.

Tonight’s event is part of the group’s “Summer Thursday Fundraiser Series.” A $10 contribution is suggested. For more information, visit districttrustcharities.com and hortonskids.org.

— Melissa Giaimo