Alumna Melinda Doolittle (’99) performed last night for President George W. Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush and special guests in the East Room of the White House during a social dinner in honor of America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth (White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian). The America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest multi-sector collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth and is currently chaired by Alma Powell, wife of founding Chair General Colin Powell.
The Alliance presented a Founders Award to First Lady Laura Bush for her commitment to children and youth, who in turn thanked Doolittle for joining her in a trip last summer to Africa, noting that Melinda is “a wonderful ambassador for our country.”
Doolittle returns to Nashville this weekend for rehearsals in preparation for hosting Monday evening’s Christmas at Belmont concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Though tickets are no longer available for the Nov. 19 performance, the special will air nationally on PBS Mon., Dec. 24, at 10 p.m. EST after its local premiere on Nashville Public Television (NPT) Thurs., Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. CST.