Friday, April 12, 2013
Reston's glamorous night raised $466K for Reston Interfaith.
More than 700 people packed the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Reston on Thursday for the 22nd Annual Best of Reston Awards. The black-tie event organized by Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce honors outstanding Reston-area citizens and businesses for the community service. This year's event was co-chaired by 99-year-old Reston founder Robert E. Simon - who "parachuted" into the gala much like Queen Elizabeth did at the 2012 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Simon, who will also chair next year's event, has set a goal of raising $1 million to aid Reston Interfaith as a two-year total. The 2013 gala raised more than $466,000. A surprise winner Thursday was Bill Bouie, who was given the Robert E. Simon Community …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Lots of annual events celebrate Reston and Restonians in mid-April. Will you be there?
There is lots to celebrate this week in Reston. Several major annual events happen in mid-April. Here's a reminder in case you have been meaning to attend any of them: Reston Association Annual Meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, RA Headquarters All RA members are invited to welcome the new board of directors and hear the outlook for the association. Best of Reston, 6 p.m. Thursday,Hyatt Regency Reston This is the most glamorous night of the year in Reston as Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce applaud select citizens for their impact in the community. Reston founder Robert E. Simon is the gala's honorary chair for the event, which aims to raise nearly half a million for Reston Interfaith. Tickets start at $150. Click here …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Act now to be part of the gala on April 11.
There is only a little over a week to get your tickets to the 22nd annual Best of Reston gala. The Best of Reston, held April 11 at the Hyatt Regency Reston, honors individuals and businesses for their contributions to the community. It is also a major fundraiser for Reston Interfaith. Reston founder Robert E. Simon is this year's honorary chariman. For ticket and sponsorship information, click here. The 2013 honorees include: Individual Community Members Doug Bushee - Bushee is the founder of the CORE Foundation, which assists individual and groups to raise money for a nonprofit. The foundation has helped the Reston Sprint Triathlon raise more than $130,000 for Reston Interfaith. He is a former Reston Association board member. Ed …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Last week's count of Fairfax County homeless searched the woods to find those who live in encampments. The information will be used to track them - and hopefully get them into homes.
Fairfax County officials and volunteers counted 462 homeless living outdoors during the recently completed Registry Week. Last week, More than 200 volunteers scoured the woods and other hidden areas of the county where homeless people live in order to count, photograph, and get names and histories. Reston Interfaith CEO Kerrie Wilson said she saw great honesty from those living outdoors. "I was struck by the differences in talking with someone in their 'home' – in their space versus when we are in shelter and other settings where we must set the rules," she said at a Registry Week media event on Monday. "Survey teams and clients were respectful of one another. There was a sense of pride from those homeless interviewed when they showed …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Local nonprofit will take part in 100,000 Homes Registry Week, a national project to help find permanent places for 100,000 homeless people by 2014.
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- Karen Goff
Saturday, February 23
Volunteers and staff from Reston Interfaith will take part in the area's 100,000 Homes Registry Week beginning Sunday. The project, a joint effort in the area by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, FACETS, New Hope Housing, Pathway Homes and Volunteers of America Chesapeake, will create a registry that will give advocates a better look at who are the chronically homeless in the area. Reston Interfaith volunteers will gather names, photographs and qualitative information of the most vulnerable and chronically homeless people. In Reston, they will survey the Hypothermia Site at Camron Glen, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, and local "hot spots" - areas where homeless are known to live outdoors…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
30th annual performance, auctions, will Reston Interfaith programs.
The 30th Annual Capitol Steps Benefit at the Hyatt Regency Reston raised a record $147,395 for Reston Interfaith on Sunday. About 600 guests attended the political satire performance. St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Boofie and Joe O'Gorman, Signature & Stewart Settlements, L.C. and an anonymous donor provided matching incentives for guests who collectively raised $50,000. Del. Ken Plum served as auctioneer. “Just a few blocks away from the event, 70 men, women and children are staying at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter because they have no permanent home,” Plum said. "Plus, 50 or more people are sleeping on mats in the shelter’s open space, or at Reston Interfaith’s winter Hypothermia Prevention Program. This event gives people the …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Comedy show at Hyatt Regency Reston to benefit Reston Interfaith
The Capitol Steps comedy satire troupe makes it annual stop in Reston on Sunday at a benefit for Reston Interfaith. The fundraiser raised $98,000 for Reston Interfaith in 2012. The 30th Anniversary Performance starts at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Reston with a reception and silent auction emceed by Del. Ken Plum. The performance starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $75. To purchase or get group pricing and sponsorship information, click here.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
International program will give new shoes to 150 children served by Reston Interfaith.
Young clients of Reston Interfaith are getting new shoes this winter thanks to the organization's partnership with Payless Shoes' Payless Gives Shoes for Kids program. Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, which began in 2008, is an initiative in all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries in which the shoe company will give $1.5 million of free shoes to children of families in need. The first group of local kids visited the Payless at Reston's North Point shopping center last week. Another group will go Jan. 26. In all, 150 children under 18 will be served by the program, a Reston Interfaith spokesman said, adding that many children have never had shoes that were not hand-me-downs.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Reston Interfaith, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce select honorees who have served the community.
The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith announced the winners of the 2013 annual Best of Reston awards for those who have served Reston with outstanding community service. The winners, announced at a reception at The Metropolitan at Reston Town Center Thursday, will be honored at a gala to benefit Reston Interfaith on April 11. This is the 22nd year Best of Reston has been awarded. The 2013 class includes: Individual Community Members Doug Bushee - Bushee is the founder of the CORE Foundation, which assists individual and groups to raise money for a nonprofit. The foundation has helped the Reston Sprint Triathlon raise more than $130,000 for Reston Interfaith. He is a former Reston Association board member. Ed …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
German Forces donate $12,732 raised at annual Christkindlmarket.
The German Armed Forces Command's Reston office presented Reston Interfaith with a check for $12,732 in front of Reston Town Center's Christmas tree last week. The money was raised at the armed forces' annual Christkindlmarket holiday festival and craft bazaar held in early December. The Christkindlmarket is a popular community event that offers German culture and cuisine for the residents of Northern Virginia. “Support from partners like the German Armed Forces helps provide vital resources for our neighbors need, and is what makes Reston such a wonderful community,” said Cathy Hoskinson, Senior Director of Resource Development at Reston Interfaith.