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Two Washington Redskins Visit Local Elementary School

Claremont Immersion Elementary School of Arlington, VA had some special visitors today. Washington Redkins LB Brian Orakpo and RB Clinton Portis gathered in the elementary school’s packed gymnasium this afternoon. Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, was also present.

Why did Claremont Immersion Elementary have these NFL visitors? The school was selected as a NFL PLAY 60 Super School and received a check for $10,000 to go towards health, fitness, and nutrition activities, as well as programs and equipment. Faculty and students screamed and jumped with excitement when the NFL presented the school with the large check.

'Tis the Season for Giving

On Friday, Giant Food donated $10,000 to Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), a community based organization dedicated to help every homeless person in Arlington County get off the streets and live a better life.

Giant presented the check on Friday at Nottingham Elementary School in Arlington. During the remainder of the day, A-SPAN gave 5 presentations and “mini-walks” to help elementary school students learn about what the organization does and how the kids can help. A-SPAN’s efforts help support the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Program, so these "mini-walks" were a smaller version of the Fannie Mae Walk for the Homeless, which will talk place on the National Mall on November 20.

Arlington Family Inspires 5K Fundraiser for Pediatric Brain Cancer

The following was sent to us by Lisa Marie Czop of Brotman Winter Fried Communications:

Arlington, VA – In 2008, Arlington, VA native Alexis Agin was just a typical two-year-old girl; she loved all things pink and sparkly and always keeping her parents busy chasing after her. But after a routine trip to the doctor, Alexis was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a pediatric brain cancer where 95% of children do not live a year past diagnosis.  Alexis is still fighting more than two years later, unfortunately, her struggle continues to worsen and she is left without treatment options at this time.

Arlington Veterans Tell Their Stories

The Arlington County Public Library, along with the Arlington Historical Society, invite you to come out and hear local Arlington Veterans tell their stories on Thursday, November 4, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. It will be a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session with the veterans as we get ready to commemorate Veteran's Day next week. For more information you can email Diane Gates at dgates@arlington.va.us or reach her at 703-228-5955.

Arlington Spa Celebrates 1st Year, Gives Back to Community

The following was sent to us by Jessica Hahn:

Royal Essence Skin Care and Nail Salon located at 4767 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA, celebrates its first year in business by giving back to women in the community.

Women who are fighting breast cancer or attending breast cancer support groups at Virginia Hospital Center (1701 N. George Mason Drive) will be receiving free manicures and pedicures from owner Anh Vu and her staff.

This will take place from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. today.

Rally to Restore Sanity

    People are quibbling over how many people showed up at the rally to restore sanity on the mall Saturday. I have no idea what the real number is (200,000 or ten million), but I was at the inauguration and took the same metro stop into the city and I've never seen anything like it.     It took about an hour to get on the train and then we were packed like sardines.  At each stop the people on the train would shove closer to each other to try to get more people on. The guy next to me said sharing butt heat from the guy/girl behind him that he couldn't see was a special moment in time, it would be over soon, and he didn't want to know who it was.

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.