Our network

Community Spirit

Pig-a-Palooza at Jackson 20

Rally to Restore Sanity

    People are quibbling over how many people showed up at the rally to restore sanity on the mall Saturday. I have no idea what the real number is (200,000 or ten million), but I was at the inauguration and took the same metro stop into the city and I've never seen anything like it.     It took about an hour to get on the train and then we were packed like sardines.  At each stop the people on the train would shove closer to each other to try to get more people on. The guy next to me said sharing butt heat from the guy/girl behind him that he couldn't see was a special moment in time, it would be over soon, and he didn't want to know who it was.

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.

Hallow-Scenes in Alexandria

Fall is certainly in the air, and the beauty of fall can be found all over Old Town, Alexandria. Yesterday afternoon I found some particularly gorgeous views at the Alexandria Waterfront and lots of “Hallow-scenes” on various residents’ porches. I took a stroll down Queen Street, Princess Street, and Orinoco Street to find some of the best decorations in town. As far as local businesses, the best décor I found were the spider webs covering the front of Pazazz Hair Salon on King Street. Do you have a decked-out retail shop or spooky house that you want to share with us? Send them to neighborhoods@wusa9.com so we can share your pictures with others!

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

DC Metro Church to Host Block Party in Alexandria

The following was sent to us by DC Metro Church:

New Christian Church Launching Local Outreach

Alexandria, VA – Culminating the Grand Opening of their new worship center in Alexandria, DC Metro Church will host a Block Party, a free event, on October 30th from 12 pm to 4 pm at 1100 N. Fayette Street, to bring the community together for live entertainment, free food, family fun games and giveaways. 

“If you’re looking for a family friendly event, where you can meet new people, this Block Party is for you,” DC Metro Church Pastor David Stine explains, “At our church, we offer a real, relevant, and enjoyable experience, where we come together from all walks of life to put our faith in action in our community.”

DC Metro Church, which has grown by leaps and bounds since beginning worship services at a nearby movie theater just a couple years ago, anticipates a crowd of about 2500 DC and Virginia residents.

Taste for Giving

Alexandria Rotary will host Taste for Giving on October 22, 2010. "Taste for Giving" is an evening of fine food and community spirit to benefit many charities in the community. The event will run from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center located at 105 north union street in Old Town Alexandria.

The event will include food from 15 resturants, a silient and live auction. All of the proceeds will go to benefit local non-profits including ALIVE!, SCAN, senior services of Alexandria, The Campagana Center, the Sarpenter's Shelter and many others.

Tickets are limited and availible for $75 by calling 703-535-1200 or online