Charles 'Roc' Dutton to keynote Our House Gala at Strathmore

Photo: Our House BOD/Malcolm L. Barnes

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2013 – You may know him as “Roc” from his popular television series that ran on Fox TV for three seasons in the 1990s. But in real life, Charles S. “Roc” Dutton’s life story began in a Baltimore reform school at the age of 12 and continued to his late 20s during which he spent the better part of two decades in and out of jail.

Because of his extraordinary personal journey “From Jail To Yale” and his heartfelt commitment to at-risk youth he returned to Montgomery County to make a special contribution to the Our House cause.

Charles S. Dutton and Fox TV 5’s Gwen Tolbert. (Credit: Malcolm Lewis Barnes)

Charles S. Dutton will be the Keynote Speaker and Honorary Chair of Our House’s Third Annual Benefit Gala, to be held at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland this Friday, September 20th. Fox 5’s Gwen Tolbert will serve as emcee and General Colin Powell will participate on the Host Committee along with Congressman Chris van Hollen, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

The event promises to be a star-studded evening of corporate networking, great food and music by The Daryl Davis Band with featured guest singer Angela Hill. A silent auction featuring FOX 5 television personalities Sue Palka and Tony Perkins is also being planned for Our House supporters.

Our House Board of Directors. Gwen Tolbert and Charles S. Dutton standing front row, center. (Credit: Malcolm Lewis Barnes)

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Our House was founded in 1993 by Executive Director Richard “Benny” Bienvenue as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to serving as a residential job-training center for youth. He is tirelessly supported by fellow board member and Gala Mistress of Ceremonies, WTTG Fox 5’s Gwen Tolbert. She has taken on this worthy cause from her media bully pulpit to share the Our House message and mission to teach carpentry skills, workforce readiness and GED preparation to abandoned, abused, homeless and orphaned teenaged boys.

The Third Annual Gala, whose theme is “Give a Child a Future,” is dedicated to raising the funds needed to complete the residential job training center and Green Dormitory by this fall so that Our House can double its capacity.

For more information on the Gala, contact event Chair Gwen Tolbert at 202-400-1999 or by email at , or visit 

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Malcolm Lewis Barnes

As a credentialed professional photo journalist, Mr. Barnes writes for the SQUARE BUSINESS journal, served as the Business Editor and columnist for the Washington Informer, and the Community Development writer for The Common Denominator newspaper

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