Action Items

  • For six weeks this summer, AEF welcomes 11 high school Career Ready Interns. Over 60 interns are working at 14 hospitality industry host sites across DC.

  • Thank you to attendees, event and prize partners for a wonderful July 4th Celebration. Supporting this event benefits future leaders in DC’s hospitality industry.

  • Catch up with AEF alumni who convened for an annual celebration.
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This summer, AEF and Destination DC welcome 11 interns to the team. Young leaders will meet with hoteliers, business improvement districts, restaurants, attractions, government officials and more across the hospitality industry in DC as they consider placemaking in the hospitality industry. Join us in welcoming Career Ready Interns:

  • Dyamond Timmons, Ballou HS
  • Keiree James, Coolidge HS
  • Mattison McDonald, Coolidge HS
  • Kaden Johnson, Coolidge HS
  • Milan Beverly, Coolidge HS
  • Thailan Robinson, Coolidge HS
  • Damari Smith, Jackson-Reed HS
  • Elsy Salvador-Jimenez, Jackson-Reed HS
  • Jazmyne Pring, Jackson-Reed HS
  • Destiny King, Roosevelt HS
  • Nakyia Wimbish, Roosevelt HS

Each week they will present on new topics surrounding hospitality in DC.

Looking to get involved this summer? AEF is seeking judges to provide constructive feedback.

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Thank you to AEF scholarship winners and attendees for a wonderful July 4th celebration. The evening was a huge success and together raised over $58,000! Your support of this annual event provides college and career readiness resources to Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media students across DC.  

Thank you to the American Pharmacists Association for hosting the event on the Potomac View Terrace, with the best view of the fireworks and monuments. AEF appreciates event partners:

  • Ridgewells Catering
  • Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association 
  • NFP
  • Alto
  • Encore
  • Wine Key Experience
  • Ampa Events
  • District Winery
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Bialek's Music
  • Professional Image
  • Here's The Scoop
  • Plants Alive
  • NTD360
  • Christopher Fox
  • PMI Parking Garage
  • White House Nannies

You can still invest in the next generation of students.

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AEF honored alumni of the Academies of Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media. The celebration included current and former interns, student board members and scholarship winners for an evening of networking and camaraderie. AEF is proud of all they have accomplished and will accomplish in the future!

Thank you to Clyde’s of Gallery Place for hosting these leaders and to the NAF Alumni Network team for joining.

Watch as alumni share their experiences with AEF.

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Middle school students from across the District of Columbia Public School system explored opportunities available as they enter high school during the Career and Technical Education Expo. AEF and Destination DC asked students to imagine how they would promote Washington, DC to the world.

See What Students Made
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This June, the Washington Area Concierge Association (WACA) hosted its annual Charity Gala. For its 39th edition, they invested in AEF. Thank you to WACA for the honor, partnership and continued community support.

WACA has donated over $15,000 to the Foundation over the last 10 years in contributions and scholarships awarded. 

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