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Charity Register: October/November 2012

Opportunities to give.

October 08, 2012

The Lombardi Gala.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Gala
The Cause: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases.
The Event: Hosted by Hermès, the hospital will celebrate its 50th anniversary on November 14 with a gala at the Willard InterContinental. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 800-603-3602

Audi Best Buddies Challenge
The Cause: Best Buddies International creates social and professional opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Event: The annual athletic run/walk/ride event, which will cover various ground in the District, will take place on October 20. 800-718-3536

Breath of Life Gala
The Cause: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the pioneer in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis since 1955.
The Event: The Metropolitan Washington, DC, chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presents its annual Breath of Life Gala this year on November 10 at the National Building Museum. The black-tie event will honor an outstanding individual with the Hitchcock Humanitarian Award. 401 F St. NW, 301-657-8444

Lombardi Gala
The Cause: The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center seeks to prevent cancer and improve diagnosis and treatment through research, education, community outreach, and patient care.
The Event: The gala, held at the Washington Hilton, includes a silent auction—a 2013 Lexus is also being raffled off—and the program also features an awards ceremony that honors individuals in their fight against cancer. 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-444-4000

The 44th Annual Meridian Ball
The Cause: Meridian International Center fosters partnerships and communication between international leaders and the United States.
The Event: On October 12 Meridian International Center will host the 44th annual Meridian Ball, featuring dinner at ambassadors’ residences and at the Meridian White-Meyer House. 1630 Crescent Pl. NW, 202-450-5899

The Cause: Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, select Hard Rock Cafés, Hotels, and Casinos will host Pinktober.
The Event: Support the campaign by purchasing Pinktober merchandise or tickets to live music events, or by ordering special menu offerings. Proceeds support breast cancer research and awareness. 999 E St. NW, 202-737-7625

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The Cause: Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society has been committed to saving the lives of cancer patients.
The Event: Help the American Cancer Society in its fight against breast cancer by participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 20. Beginning at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall, the walk raises money for the American Cancer Society’s ongoing research and services. 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW, 301-982-2130


Charity Register: Fall 2012

Opportunities to give.

August 27, 2012

Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation

The Cause: Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic grants special experiential “wishes” for critically ill children.
The Event: Support the local charity this fall at the three-day All Access: Fashion event, featuring runway shows, special promotions benefiting the cause, celebrity appearances, and style consultations held inside the main court at Tysons Galleria. The extravaganza kicks off September 27. Tysons Galleria, McLean, VA

The Cause: HRC is the largest civil rights organization working toward equality for lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual citizens. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates for equal rights and safety through lobbying, education, and outreach.
The Event: Reserve seats at the HRC National Dinner, to be held October 6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW, 202-423-2889

The Cause: National Symphony Orchestra is committed to fostering American artists. The group develops new compositions, nurtures young conductors, and produces tours and broadcasts to keep audiences of all generations engaged and interested in the arts.
The Event: Attend the National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball Concert, which will be held September 30 at the Kennedy Center and will feature conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Anne- Sophie Mutter. 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600.

The Cause: The Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation is a regional nonprofit focused on serving and empowering youth through community-based sports programming. GWSA Foundation’s programs encourage civic pride and promote economic stimulus in the greater Washington area.
The Event: The annual SneakerBall gala, which invites guests to come dressed in black-tie attire and, of course, sneakers, will be held September 11 at the National Building Museum. 401 F St. NW, 202-407-8554

The Cause: Wolf Trap Foundation organizes and creates performing-arts experiences through artistic and educational programs. The foundation’s funds support the programs and keep ticket prices affordable. Nationwide programs include early childhood enrichment classes, parent and teacher workshops, and internship programs.
The Event: The Wolf Trap Ball will take place September 15 at the Filene Center. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA, 703-255-4030

The Cause: Jeté Society supports and advances the mission of Washington Ballet, which produces premier productions and serves the community with educational and engagement programs through the Washington School of Ballet student scholarship fund.
The Event: Jeté Society’s kick-off for the fall season, a fête dubbed the Dracula Soirée, will take place October 5 at The National Museum of Women in the Arts. 1250 New York Ave. NW, 202-362-3606, ext. 123

The Cause: USO boosts the morale of America’s troops and their families by providing world-class entertainment programs that are produced on-site at remote military bases.
The Event: The USO will honor servicemen and -women at its annual gala on November 2 at the Washington Hilton. 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, 703-740-4970

The Cause: The FAF is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families with food allergies. FAF offers education and support, and conducts research to find a cure for all food allergies, especially those that pose life-threatening consequences.
The Event: The Food Allergy Foundation Ball will be held September 30 at the Gannett/USA Today headquarters. 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA, 202-540-0860


Charity Register: Summer

Opportunities to give.

June 25, 2012

The Cause: A multinational agency designed to provide emergency food and healthcare to children around the world, Unicef focuses some of its efforts on the prevention and treatment of diseases afflicting the world's children, including HIV/AIDS.
On the board: The executive board is composed of 36 members from around the world.
How to Help: Make a donation. 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY, 212-686- 5522

The Cause: Washington's premier community health center, WWH places a special focus on HIV care and providing services to the LGBT community.
Executive Director: Don Blanchon
How to Help: Become a volunteer or donate to the center. 1701 14th St. NW, 202-745-7000

The Cause: A global organization working to overcome infectious disease in Africa, Accordia creates inventive health models, builds centers of excellence, and bolsters healthcare leadership around the continent.
President: Warner C. Greene, MD, PhD
How to Help: Donate to the foundation. 1101 14th St. NW, Ste. 801, 202-534- 1200

The Cause: A Washington-based health organization supporting young people in the fight against HIV/AIDS, MTA provides education, support, and advocacy efforts across the city.
Executive Director: Adam Tenner
How to Help: Become a volunteer or donate. 651 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-543-8246

The Cause: An outreach organization serving the District and its surrounding areas, the DC Center celebrates, strengthens, and supports a sense of community among LGBT residents and organizations in the metropolitan area.
President: Michael Sessa
How to Help: Donate or volunteer at the center, or join the team for the Rebel Race 5K Obstacle Course, on July 7. 1318 U St. NW, 202-682-2245

The Cause: Focusing on national, regional, and local policy and advocacy, AIDS United works to fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US and to ensure that victims of the disease receive the care they need.
Interim President and CEO: Victor A. Barnes
How to Help: Become an advocate or donate. 1424 K St. NW, Ste. 200, 202-408-4848

The Cause: Working within Washington's minority neighborhoods, CEG trains community health workers and, through its mobile units, offers testing to otherwise hard-to-reach individuals.
Executive Director: A. Toni Young
How to Help: Donate, advocate, or volunteer for local events and projects. 3233 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-543-2376


Charity Register: May/June

Opportunities To Give

April 30, 2012

The Cause: Helping the unemployed find job opportunities and attain self-sufficiency in the District
Executive Director and Job Counselor: Terry Flood
How to Help: Volunteers can help lead interview skills workshops, donate attire, provide transportation to interviews for applicants by giving a Metro SmarTrip card, and alert the foundation of job openings in the area.
2712 Ontario Road NW, 202-667-8970


The Cause: Providing support to domestic-violence survivors through a nonprofit 24-hour crisis intervention hotline, an emergency shelter, and transitional housing
Executive Director: Lauren C. Vaughan
How to Help: Volunteer with administrative duties and at fundraising events, or assist with the children’s program. PO Box 29596, 202-529-5261


The Cause: Raising awareness of partner and domestic violence through outreach and programs for all age groups
Founder and Executive Director: Becky Lee
How to Help: Support Becky’s Fund at the Investing in Hope fundraiser, at the 2012 Virginia Gold Cup on May 5. The Plains, 724-518-1169


The Cause: Combating poverty by recognizing socially conscious designers and encouraging thoughtful consumerism
Chief Creative Officer and Cofounder: Michael Dumlao
How to Help: Donate or volunteer. 101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 571-969-3121


The Cause: Supporting and attracting artists to the Washington area, while also providing arts education services to DC-area schools
Chairman: Reginald Van Lee
How to Help: Donate or volunteer. 2000 L St. NW, Ste. 510, 202-785-9727


The Cause: Promoting educational opportunities in low-income areas by recruiting and investing in teachers
CEO and Founder: Wendy Kopp
How to Help: Donate, or support the DC chapter at the Leadership Changing Lives Gala, at the Ritz-Carlton on May 9. 1150 22nd St. NW, 202-465-7800




The Cause: Striving to ensure that every child in the community gets care and investing in future cures for diseases
President and CEO: Kurt Newman, MD
How to Help: Donate, attend a fundraiser, or plan your own event to raise funds for the hospital. 111 Michigan Ave. NW, 301-565-8500


The Cause: Spearheading the fight against diabetes in America by funding research and delivering medical services to communities in need
CEO: Larry Hausner
How to Help: Participate in the organization’s 2012 National Capital Tour de Cure bike race, in Reston on June 3. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., 202-331-8303


The Cause: Improving the quality of life for children and families in the DC area through health, education, and recreational programming
Foundation Chair: Marla Lerner Tanenbaum
How to Help: Donate, or support the Foundation at the Dream Gala 2012, at the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor on June 16. 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, 202-640-7124


The Cause: Feeding, clothing, and providing medical assistance and job training to DC’s homeless population
President: Father John Adams
How to Help: Donate, volunteer, or become an advocate. 71 O St. NW, 202-797-8806


The Cause: Helping DC’s youth by providing resources, support, and services to improve their quality of life
Founder and Executive Director: Jodi Elaine Ovca
How to Help: Volunteer or donate. 3259 Prospect St. NW, 202-652-0287



Charity Register: February/March

Four causes worthy of your attention this month.

February 27, 2012


The Cause: Providing hospice care, palliative care, and counseling to DC families, including afterhours call centers for 24-hour guidance in caring for family members with advanced illnesses.
Celebration: Capital Caring has been supporting tens of thousands of families dealing with long-term illness— financially, emotionally, and spiritually—for nearly 35 years. President and
CEO: Malene Smith Davis
How to Help: Volunteer or donate.
2900 Telestar Ct., Falls Church, VA, 703-538-2065.


The Cause: The world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, funding research and resources to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, and myeloma.
Celebration: It has been more than 35 years since LLS affiliate Robert C. Gallo, MD, a pioneer in AIDS virus discovery and research, built a foundation for the use of synthetic IL-2 for lymphoma treatment.
President and CEO: John Walter
How to Help: Become a volunteer, donate, or participate in national events. 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Ste. 310, White Plains, NY, 914-949-5213.



The Cause: In partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, funding research and providing the highest quality comfort for those living with serious and terminal illness.
Celebration: The NHF has been caring for long-term patients and providing support for families for 20 years.
President: J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD
How to Help: The NHF’s annual gala, Celebrating the Women of Hospice: A Salute to Heroines and Humanitarians, will be held on March 30. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, 703-837-3149.



The Cause:
The congressionally chartered animal welfare agency provides neutering services, safe haven for homeless animals, and adoption services.
Celebration: Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the society’s successful fight to make animal cruelty a felony.
President and CEO: Lisa LaFontaine
How to Help: Provide a foster home for animals or volunteer at the shelter.
1201 New York Ave. NE, 202-576-6664.


Six Degrees of Wassily Kandinsky

The Phillips Collection celebrates its new Kandinsky exhibit with a staged reading of Six Degrees of Separation.

June 28, 2011

Painting With White Border, Wassily Kandinsky

Join associate director Alan Paul of Shakespeare Theatre Company on July 7 as he directs a staged reading of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation at The Phillips Collection. In celebration of the museum’s latest exhibit, “Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border,” Paul and his cast of 17 will retell the award-winning play about a young con artist who makes his way into the home of two wealthy New York art dealers by showing his admiration for their two-sided Wassily Kandinsky painting. One side shows control while the other screams chaos, these themes recur in Guare’s masterpiece as the art dealers slowly learn the hidden truth behind the boy’s identity. 1600 21st St. NW

—Linda Poon


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Toasts 50 Years

The legendary dance company celebrates a landmark anniversary in February.

January 21, 2011

We can't wait to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s beloved Revelations, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in February at the Kennedy Center. The modern dance presentation pays homage to Ailey’s African-American heritage while exploring all emotions of the human soul. This performance also marks Judith Jamison’s final season as artistic director.

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