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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.

Farmers Market to Close October 28th

From the Town of Herndon:

The Farmers' Market in Herndon that has been running since Thursday, May 6 is set to close this Thursday, October 28. Don't miss your last chance to enjoy the market! It is open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The market takes place in the 700 block of Lynn Street in front of the red caboose and features a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, eggs, jams, jellies, cheese, dry rubs for your meats and fish, plants, salsa and home baked goods.  All items are homegrown or prepared by the vendors at the market.


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

Free event promises fun for the whole family

Are You An Anonymous Gifter?

What if you could give just $25 and know that it would make a considerable difference to someone right here in our area?

Unprecendented Need Expected for Fairfax Holiday Sponsor-a-Family Program

This was sent to us by Heather Webb of Our Daily Bread, Inc.:

FAIRFAX, VA. (October 5, 2010) – Fairfax-based non-profit Our Daily Bread, Inc. (ODB) announces the launch of its 2010 Holiday Program to assist needy families in the Fairfax County area. The organization is seeking individuals, families, companies and community groups to “sponsor” eligible families by providing a Thanksgiving meal, December holiday meal and gifts for children.

ODB operates the Holiday Program through a grant from the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Coordinating closely with social workers and community-based organizations who serve families throughout the County, ODB works to ensure that as many eligible families as possible who have been identified as having a great need are able to receive holiday assistance.

America's Heart VETAIDE

This was sent to us by Mary Ivie of VETAIDE:

"It's not about Politics...It's about People!"

Locally, join us at Jimmy’s Tavern for a day of fun and music to show support for our injured and returning troops! This is a free event for the entire family. No cover charges.

JIMMY’S TAVERN, 697 Springs St., Herndon, VA will be the Virginia location for the America’s Heart VETAIDE 10/10/10 event to raise the raise the much needed funds to assist our troops in the transition from military life to civilian life.

Event starts at 1:00 PM with football and a raffle. Raffles and Prizes all day. Bands start at 8:00 PM with BYRN, 9:30 PM - IN REMEMBRANCE, 11:00 PM – GO.

This is an all volunteer event. The bands are donating their time and talents. Jimmy’s Tavern is donating the space. All proceeds go directly to VETAIDE to be distributed to our forgotten heroes.

Community Invited to Celebrate National 'Make a Difference Day'

This was sent to us by Christopher Copley of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax County, VA – Registration opens on September 20 for this year’s VolunteerFest®, to be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Over 1,500 volunteers are needed at area nonprofits, schools and parks to complete 31 projects on this county-wide day of service, held in conjunction with national “Make a Difference Day.” Individuals, families, corporations and civic groups are encouraged to participate.

The 16th annual VolunteerFest® encompasses a variety of volunteer projects, including assembling care packages for troops, entertaining seniors, creating wildlife habitats, painting houses and beautifying libraries inside and out across Fairfax County.

“In this time of economic distress, we should realize that service is a solution to some our toughest challenges and volunteers are needed now more than ever,” says Jeanne Sanders, executive director of Volunteer Fairfax.