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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.

Detours & OnRamps: An Oct. 25th Forum On The Issues Facing Mothers In The Workplace

DETOURS AND ONRAMPS CONFERENCE OFFERS INSPIRATION AND NEXT STEPS

A resource for work-life balance, career restarting, and entrepreneurship.

DC Metro Rap Celebrity Remy Interviewed at FedTalks 2010 about His Favorite Communities in DC Area

While at the FedTalks 2010 event on Tuesday, October 12, I caught up with DC area resident rapper/funny guy Remy Munasifi.  Some of Remy's hits include "Arlington: The Rap" and "The Metro Song".  In this video, Remy answers questions about his favorite DC Metro communities, as well as what new songs he has in store for the DC area---so check it out.

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?

Pink Streaks in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October 1-31

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

So Lofty Salon & Wellness Center in Vienna is offering

PINK HIGHLIGHTS

for just $10 each. No appointment necessary.

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Fellow beer drinkers - a must read!!!

What:  10th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

When:  October 2, 2010, 12 pm - 7 pm

Where:  Village at Shirlington - Arlington, VA

Don't miss this fun event!  My husband and I had the pleasure of attending last year and we were NOT disappointed!  From the baby pilsner glasses you get when you walk in the gates to the 30+ varieties of beers from local breweries...you've just GOT to take advantage of this fun day!  Your best bet is to metro and bus to Shirlington Station as parking is very limited in the area but if you do have to drive, there are several parking lots - you just may have to wait your turn. 

Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

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