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Woman of the Year Recognized at Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Cindy Brookshire of Manassas, Va. was chosen as the Woman of the Year to be recognized along with Grand Marshal, R.B. Thomas of Nokesville, Va. at the Old Town Manassas Christmas Tree Lighting on Fri., Dec. 3 and both will participate in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on Sat., Dec. 4 in Old Town Manassas, Va. A resident of Manassas, Va. for almost three decades, Brookshire is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Old Town Manassas.  She has worked for the Prince William Journal, Publishing Partners, Inc., and is currently a contractor producing monthly newsletters for the City of Manassas. For more information about the Historic Manassas Inc., call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.



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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.

Grand Marshal Selected for Old Town Manassas Christmas Parade

From Asha Sedalia Bruot of ASHA Public Relations, LLC:

The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Committee is proud to announce that R.B. Thomas, Jr., of Nokesville, Va. will be the Grand Marshal of the 65th Annual Christmas Parade in Old Town Manassas on Sat., December 4th, 2010 at 10 a.m. 

Thomas has been an active part of the Prince William community for more than 40 years. A resident of Nokesville, Va., Thomas is married with seven grown children and 13 grandchildren. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he owned his own consultant engineering firm since 1969 and has provided professional engineering and land surveying services for the area. He’s also been a champion of amateur sports and community recreational sports by donating his professional services to help youth and adult sports groups develop new facilities and support their sports programs.

Women in History 2010 Exhibit to Open at Manassas City Hall

From The Manassas Museum:

A new exhibit honoring the contributions of eight extraordinary Virginia women opens at Manassas City Hall on Monday.

Virginia Women in History 2010, an exhibit on loan to The Manassas Museum from The Library of Virginia, will be displayed in the Manassas City Hall lobby from November 1 through December 4. City Hall is located at 9027 Center Street in Manassas.

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.

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