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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.

Dr. Steven Chu Plans to Attend 'Moving America Forward' House Party

The following was sent to us by the Democratic National Committee:

Washington, D.C. – Organizing for America supporters will join together at “Moving America Forward” house parties across the country to watch President Obama’s webcast Town Hall at George Washington University and get organized for the midterm election.  The Honorable Steven Chu will attend a “Moving America Forward” house party in Springfield, VA where he will speak to supporters about the stakes this election season and get them engaged for the midterm election.

With less than a month to the Election Day, the President will use the Town Hall to answer questions from voters and lay out the choice the country faces this November: whether to support Democratic leaders and continue to make progress for American families and small businesses—or to return to the failed, Bush-era policies that nearly drove the nation into a second Great Depression.

The “Moving America For

UPDATE: Victim Identified; Suspect Charged

Update to the homicide that occured Wednesday, October 6 at 5T Bar and Grill:

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

The victim has been identified as Tieu L. Nguyet, 37, of 3235 Kenney Drive in Falls Church. The suspect, Lam Dang, 40, of 6801 Floyd Avenue in Springfield, is in the hospital in stable condition but has been charged with murder.

Further investigation determined the suspect assaulted the victim with a knife; she died as result of trauma to the upper body. This incident was domestic in nature.

Savantage Solutions to Open Springfield Office

CEO of Savantage Solutions, Lisa Kazor, announced today that her company will be opening a new office in Springfield, VA. Savantage Solutions is now headquartered in Rockville, and their consistent growth has allowed the company the opportunity to expand to Springfield. Along with Rockville, they also currently have offices in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA.

Savantage Solutions provides consulting and technology support solutions to Federal agencies. Along with opening the new office in Springfield, Savantage Solutions is planning on physically expanding their Rockville office by almost 20,000 square feet. The Springfield office will be around 5,000 square feet and will feature eco-friendly design and décor concepts.

First Female to Head Major US Intelligence Agency

Letitia A. Long is being promoted to the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency today. There will be a ceremony at the agency’s high-tech campus in Springfield, VA. While the building is still not completely built, the entire NGA staff is expected to relocate to this building by fall of 2011.

Long was most recently second in command at the Defense Intelligence Agency and will now be the first woman ever to head a major US intelligence agency. She has held several senior management positions over her 32 years in the industry, including deputy director of Naval Intelligence and deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence.