Democratic consultant Donna Brazile and Republican strategist Karl Rove shared the center stage in front of thousands of attendees at the 2013 Conference on Volunteering and Service. But they weren’t scowling or engaged in a heated debate on the latest policy issue – they were dancing.

Donna Brazile and Karl Rove make unlikely
dance partners during the One America
opening session.

Brazile and Rove became one of the first and most visible demonstrations of rivals who will put aside their differences and unite for service under Points of Light’s new One America campaign.

One America, a nationwide Points of Light campaign with founding support from Chase, united Republicans, Democrats and even rival marching bands under the banner of service throughout Conference. Public figures like Brazile, Rove, TV commentator Bill O’Reilly and Democratic campaign strategist David Plouffe stood together and acknowledged that the importance of volunteer service was something they could all agree on. And Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett applauded the work of everyday volunteers and announced that on July 15, the White House will host a celebration to honor the winner of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award. 

At the One America video booth, attendees answered “Which rivals do you want to see united in service?” Answers ran the gamut from Microsoft and Apple to the University of North Carolina and Duke.

 “The simple fact is that service is the greatest unifying force in America,” said Neil Bush, Chairman of Points of Light, at the opening plenary session.

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