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Firefighters Help Bring New Winter Coats to Kids

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County firefighters, in cooperation with the Coats for Kids Foundation, Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Inc., and the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, will collect and distribute new winter coats for children and youths through high school age, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 11 a.m., at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.

Through generous support and donations from organizations and businesses, it is anticipated that approximately 1,000 youths and their families will benefit. This is the fifth year firefighters and the department have sponsored this community event.

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.

Volunteer Fairfax Present: VolRUNteer 5k & Fun Run

The following was sent to us by Kevin Hunter of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax, Va -- In an effort to encourage volunteerism and a healthy lifestyle, Volunteer Fairfax is hosting it’s first-ever volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run, November 14th 2010. The volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run’s aim is to promote volunteerism, along with offering families the opportunity to get fit by being part of the 5k or fun run. All participants will have the chance to give back, by participating in on site service projects race day. The race commences at 8:00 a.m. November 14th, 2010 at George Mason University.

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. 

Volunteer Fire Department Fire Prevention Week Open House

This was sent to us by Rick Machado of the GSVFD:

Join the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department in support of this years Fire Prevention Week activities at our Open House on October 9th form 8am until 2pm at our station located at 7011 Backlick Rd, Springfield, Va 22150.

Learn how important Smoke Alarms are in additon to other activities to help educate the community in being fire smart & safe.

The day starts with a Pancake Breakfast from 8am until 11am with ongoing fire safety activities, moon bounce, tours and hands-on with fire & rescue equipment.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.GSVFD.org

Remember - Be Fire Safe - Install Smoke Alarms - Check them Monthly and repalce batteries regularly - NEVER disable a smoke detector or remove its batteries.

The Workhouse Arts Center Presents Art, Wine & All That Jazz Festival

This was sent to us from the Workhouse Arts Center:

The Workhouse Arts Center will present its 2nd annual Art, Wine & All That Jazz festival on October 2!  The festival follows in the footsteps of many historic performances at the Workhouse.  During the 1950s and 1960s, the famous Lorton Prison was the setting for regular concerts by musical stars such as Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  This year, the Workhouse will welcome back “The Deanna Bogart Band” along with a range of new and exciting talent!

9th Annual Springfield BridgeWalk

On Friday, September 10, Springfield residents, businesses and other community members are invited to participate in the 9th Annual Springfield Community BridgeWalk in celebration of Springfield’s commercial revitalization. Lee District Supervisor, Jeff McKay, is inviting community members to march over Veterans Bridge on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. The march will be led by a color guard from the American Legion and a contingent of soldiers from Fort Belvoir.  After the march, there will be a free celebration at the American Legion with music, food, and door prizes.

If you are interested in participating in the BridgeWalk, you need to meet in the parking lot adjacent to the Kinko’s on the north side of the bridge at 6998 Bland Street at 7:00 p.m.