A. Toni Lewis is Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. (FAME). FAME, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was organized in June 2004 to advance the value of music, music making and educational study and to create opportunities for youth to experience the joys of music and provide them gifts that last a lifetime. FAME provides support primarily through training, workshops, scholarships and instrument donations. FAME was established on the principal that all children, teens, and young adults, regardless of social and economic need, should have access to quality education as part of their lifelong journey to adulthood.
Before joining FAME, Toni held a number of key executive level positions at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As Deputy Chief of Staff, Toni served as a principal in the day to day operation of the nationwide agency. She also served as Chief of Staff for the offices of Electronic Government and Government-wide Policy, and held several other key leadership positions in acquisition, management policy, and human resources. GSA coordinates federal policy and provides services to other Federal agencies in the areas of real estate and construction, supply and service procurement, telecommunications and information technology and motor vehicle and travel management.
Another key assignment was serving as Chief Operating Officer of the GSA Presidential Inaugural Committee. This involved the management, direction and support to The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and Transition Team. She led a staff of professionals from the various functional areas, including acquisition, information technology, telecommunications, physical and personnel security, construction, facilities management, and budget. She provided overall coordination with the PIC and other support arms to the inaugural committee: Armed Forces, District of Columbia, and National Park Service. This assignment was completed in the shortest timeframe (33 days) in the history of presidential inaugurals due to the contested election.
Toni Lewis is an experienced events manager with more than 20 years of experience in special events, public relations, marketing and fundraising. She serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Perfect Plan of Greater Washington, a special events and entertainment company.
Toni received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the District of Columbia Teachers College and Masters studies at George Washington University.
She has been presented with awards and recognition from numerous Federal, humanitarian and philanthropic entities.
Bowie State University Community Jazz Band Ensemble
‘Tis the Season
Please join us for
A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Two Shows, 4PM and 6PM
Presented by the
Fine and Performing Arts Center
In partnership with
The Foundation for the Advancement
of Music & Education, Inc. (FAME)
Bowie State University
Fine and Performing Arts Center
14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, MD 20715
Tickets and RSVP: 301.860.3753
Purchase tickets online at donation.bowiestate.edu/holidaycelebration
Your donations support our Arts program.
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Examiner: March 15, 2012
This Saturday night, March 17 will mark the date for the most highly anticipated reunion in music in the Washington, DC area. The Original Ayre Rayde will take the stage at Camelot by Martin’s in support of the non-profit Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (F.A.M.E.), founded by Toni Lewis, and the deserving students who will directly benefit from this performance. The event will be held from 9pm until 2am.
The fundraiser will feature performances by F.A.M.E. students as well as AJ Musik, an up and coming R&B/Pop artist from Philadelphia who will be performing his single “Over Us” and who is managed by former Ayre Rayde member, Marlin Wiggins. La’Rez, an artist from Capitol Heights, Maryland who is with Nu Globe Entertainment will also be performing as well as nationally known recording artist, Vinnie D., who will be performing his hit ‘$55 Motel’ and some of his new music as well. The featured act, Ayre Rayde, will also premiere their newest single, “Cookie Jar”. The event will be hosted by TMOTTRadio.com personality, Go-Go Michelle.
Ayre Rayde, who came into prominence in 1986 with their hit song, “Sock it to Me” has some very distinguished alumni including District Six County Council Member for Prince George’s County, Maryland, Derrick Leon Davis who, in his musical career as a saxophone player, goes by the name “China Boogie”.
Councilmember Davis shares, “I’m mainly looking forward to getting a chance to honor a tremendous friend in the best way we could’ve thought of– throwing an enormous party that also benefits others! I’m looking forward to playing ‘Special Hello to all Our Friends’.”
The friend that Davis refers to is the co-founder and manager of Ayre Rayde, Daryl M. Spencer who sadly passed away in July 2011. Ayre Rayde and F.A.M.E. joined forces for this benefit and have created a scholarship in the name of Daryl M. Spencer. Always willing to give back to the community, this event is indicative of the reputation of Ayre Rayde. An event of this magnitude and dedication as well as the anticipation by fans for this reunion to finally occur will certainly generate a substantial amount of money, but the band has chosen to utilize this reunion to assist the youth via F.A.M.E. Read More
FAME Partners With The Washington Informer
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By phone: 301-805-5358
By fax: 301-805-0208 (FAME)
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 9 PM at Camelot by Martins, 13905 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD.
For additional information, email: Info@fameorg.org or call 301-805-5358.
Examiner: January 28, 2012
As Saturday, March 17, 2012 rapidly approaches, both band members and fans of the group, Ayre Rayde, are counting the days until the most anticipated reunion of the year will take place. Donald “Doc” Spencer, co-founder of the group along with his brother Daryl Spencer, promises that this will be like no other reunion that the DMV has seen. This reunion, which will be taking place at Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has a purpose.
Spencer explains, “Our reunion was actually supposed to have taken place last year before the passing of my brother, Daryl M. Spencer, who was the manager of Ayre Rayde. He passed away on July 2, 2011 and the original members of Ayre Rayde decided to do the reunion in the memory of our manager, brother and friend on October 22, 2011. One of the former members of the group, Derrick “China Boogie” Davis suggested to the members of the group that it would also be an honor to the memory of Daryl, to utilize the reunion as a Benefit to assist kids that need musical instruments in the school as a way of furthering their education and opportunities upon graduation.”
The band members agreed to Davis’ suggestion and the group put the reunion on hold once more. In the interim, Davis had been elected to replace Leslie Johnson as Councilman of Prince Georges County, Maryland’s District 6. Davis introduced Spencer to Toni Lewis, the founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc. (FAME), a 501 ( c) (3), a non-profit organization whose mission, according to their website, www.fameorg.org, is to provide access to all genres of art to students in urban neighborhoods, who are often disproportionately affected by their social and economic backgrounds. FAME has also been dedicated to providing monetary scholarships to students to further their education in the arts whether it is for vocal or visual arts, dance, or theatre. Read More
The Eddie Drinnon Quintet performs a variety of Latin music at FAME’s 2010 Bridging the Musical Spectrum.
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