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Briar Patch Donates Rooms for Veteran's Day

Reprinted with permission from Ashburn Patch -- Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in scenic Middleburg plans to offer free rooms to veterans as part of a nationwide promotion this week to honor those who have served our country.

B&Bs and inns across the country are providing free rooms on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 to honor servicemen and women now serving or who have previously served time with one of the country's military forces.

Two B&B owners started the program in 2009. Both were members of the West Virginia B&B Association and this year the veteran program has expanded to include 49 states, 8 international locations and more than 850 Inns.

N.G. Fitness & The Women of Washington Redskins Join for the NFL Fit For You 5K Walk/Run on Nov. 13

Join the NFL, the Washington Redskins, and celebrity fitness expert Tracy Anderson at the NFL Fit for You 5K, an event that promotes health and fitness. All proceeds benefit the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge, a joint program of the NFL and the American Heart Association! Support a great cause and meet NFL alumni players, cheerleaders, and other members of the NFL family. The day will be filled with fun events, including a PLAY 60 area f...or kids and chances to win great NFL prizes such as tickets to Super Bowl XLV and more!

And don’t forget, the day is all about showing off your team pride, so be sure to wear your team’s apparel! To view a look book featuring the Women of the NFL sporting their NFL Women’s Apparel, visit www.nfl.com/women.

WHEN: NOVEMBER 13th, 2010
WHERE: THE NATIONAL HARBOR
START TIME (RUNNERS): 10:15 AM
START TIME (WALKERS): 10:20 AM

Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department Hosts 5th Annual Charity Dance and Food Drive on Friday, Nove

 

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Steps Ballroom and Interfaith Relief to offer its 5th annual charity dance and food drive at Ida Lee Recreation Center on November 12, 2010, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

This is a free event.  Donations of non-perishable food and goods will be collected in lieu of admission to be distributed through Interfaith Relief.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.

“Especially this year as the holidays approach, we wanted to offer a way for people to reach out to those who are in need of assistance,” explained Rich Williams, Director of Leesburg’s Parks & Recreation Department.  “We encourage everyone to come enjoy a night of dancing and do a world of good.”

8th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K Cross Country Race and 1-Mile Fun Run Scheduled for Saturday, No

 Race will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Gazebo in the front field of Ida Lee Park

Leesburg Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 25th Year

From the Town of Leesburg – The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) announced that the Town of Leesburg has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2011 budget.  The Town of Leesburg’s Finance Department has received this award for 25 years in a row.

The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award recognizes organizations that meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  Recipients must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  These guidelines are designed to assess how well an organization’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.  Budget documents must be rated as “proficient” in all four categories, and in fourteen criteria within those categories to receive the award.

Volunteers to Install Rain Garden at Freedom Park on Saturday, November 13, 2010

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg’s Watershed Committee is seeking volunteers to help install a rain garden at Freedom Park in Leesburg on Saturday, November 13, 2010. 

A rain garden is a landscaped area that collects rainfall and stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots and rooftops and filters pollutants from the runoff before it drains into local streams. On the surface, a rain garden looks like any other landscaped area, but it is different in three key ways.  First, rain gardens are located in low areas, or depressions, so that stormwater is intercepted before flowing into storm sewers or streams.  Secondly, a rain garden features native plants that absorb and transform stormwater pollutants.  Finally, the soil in rain gardens is engineered to detain stormwater runoff long enough for the plants to absorb the pollutants. 

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.