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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.

Park Authority Public Meeting on Hogge Master Plan Set

From the Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a Public Information Meeting to gather public comment on the draft master plan for the Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park located at 3139 Glen Carlyn Road in Falls Church, VA. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Glen Forest Elementary School, located at 5829 Glen Forest Drive in Falls Church, VA.

Hogge Park includes approximately six acres of land in the Baileys Crossroads area of the Mason Supervisory District.  The site is characterized by a mixture of open lawn areas and a wooded floodplain.  After acquiring the property, the Park Authority initiated the master plan process to guide future development of the site.  This process seeks to balance local recreation needs and community preferences together with site-related issues such as public access, site assets and physical constraints. 

Falls Church Becomes 'The Little City'

From the City of Falls Church:

“The Little City” slogan and logo are now registered trademarks of the City of Falls Church Economic Development Authority.  The U.S. Patent and Trade Office approved applications filed earlier this year by Erik M. Pelton and Associates on behalf of the EDA.  The law firm donated its services to the project. 

“We are excited to continue our campaign to promote The Little City of Falls Church, VA, with the knowledge that our message is unique in the marketplace and now protected by trademark status,” commented David Tarter, chairman of the Falls Church EDA.   He also expressed the EDA board’s appreciation for Mr. Pelton’s pro bono services in support of the branding effort.

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.

Greek Festival in Falls Church

Come out for some traditional Greek food, crafts, music, and dancing this weekend! Falls Church is holding a Greek Festival starting tomorrow, October 1 through Sunday, October 3. The festival will run from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and be held at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church located at 3149 Glen Carlin Road in Falls Church, VA.