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Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive Ends November 12

From manassascity.org:

"Can you Imagine? - No food to place on your table for Thanksgiving? - A child going to bed hungry? - A local community food pantry with not enough food for those in need?"

"NOW, can you imagine a Thanksgiving Food Drive that could provide 5,000 canned food items to the Manassas SERVE/NVFS food pantry."

Prince William Hospital is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive (November 1 - 12, 2010) in partnership with Fire and Rescue Departments from the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and the County of Prince William, and Manassas Volunteer Fire Company. Donated items will be provided to SERVE/NVFS food pantry.

Please help by donating canned food during this holiday season to support the needs of the community.

Turkeys-to-Go Help Needy Families

From Asha Sedalia Bruot of ASHA Public Relations, LLC:

City Square Café of Manassas is gearing up for their Homemade Thanksgiving Dinners-To-Go.  This year, for the first 10 dinners sold, City Square will donate a dinner to a family of SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service, dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and brighter futures. The second batch of 10 dinners sold, the restaurant will donate dinners to the American Red Cross, and when 30 dinners are sold, a dinner will be donated to a local church.  The Dinners-to-Go serve eight to ten people and cost $225. For more information about City Square Café, call 703.369.6022.

Old Town Manassas Prepares for Festive Season

From Asha Bruot of Old Town Manassas, Inc.:

In the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a young boy finds a golden ticket that wins him a chance to tour the fantastic candy factory. A tour of what was once Old Town Manassas’ candy factory might not be as magical to a youngster these days, so Historic Manassas, Inc. has come up with the idea of the Merry Old Town Chocolate Bar. On Tues., Nov. 2, the Merry Old Town Chocolate Bar will go on sale at participating merchants in Old Town Manassas. One of these milk chocolate bars contains the prized Golden Ticket. The lucky child (or adult) that finds the Golden Ticket will win the opportunity to be Santa’s guest on his float in the 65th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  A parent or guardian will be able accompany the winner, if necessary.  For more information, go to www.visitmanassas.org.

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.

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

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?

4th Annual Neighborhood Conference This Weekend

The 4th Annual Neighborhood Conference will be held this Saturday, November 13th from 9 AM until 3 PM at the Boys and Girls Club of Manassas. Admission is FREE, however registration is required.