Al's Steakhouse fundraiser at Holy Cow Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia

In the week since the three-alarm fire that occurred at Al’s Steak House on their grand reopening day, the Del Ray community has raised over $20,000 for the Breeding family during the rebuilding process, including $12,608.62 during a fundraiser organized by the Del Ray restaurant community.

On July 14, Holy Cow Del Ray transformed into Al’s Steak House Pop-up, featuring the chefs and owners from seven of Alexandria’s top restaurants preparing and serving 420 of Al’s signature steak-and-cheese sandwiches, which sold out within 90 minutes. “It’s just incredible,” said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn, of Holy Cow. “It really shows how special Alexandria and Del Ray is. Real community spirit here, real heartwarming.”

Al's Steakhouse fundraiser at Holy Cow Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia

The pop-up fundraiser raised $12,608.62; another $7,400 was raised through GoFundMe. All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to the Breeding family, who remain committed to reopening Al’s Steak House. “We’re in awe of all the community support, all the people who came out,” said Al’s Steak House owner Dorothy Breeding, who grew up in Del Ray. “I’m amazed.”


Pizza Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

On Pi Day, March 14, Veloce will host a fundraising drive for DC Central Kitchen, while all Pizzeria Paradiso locations will charge $3.14 for a draft beer with the purchase of a pizza.

At Veloce, patrons will have the option to pay $3.14 for the Veloce pizza (regularly priced at $6): a 10-inch personal pizza made with marinara sauce and mozzarella on a white crust. For every customer that opts to pay $6 instead of $3.14, Veloce will donate a pizza to DC Central Kitchen. The Veloce team will deliver all the donated pizzas to the organization on March 15.

Each Pizzeria Paradiso location – Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Old Town – will offer a $3.14 math–themed draft beer with the purchase of a pizza. Each location will serve a different beer: Terrapin Rye Cubed will be available at Old Town, BFM (SqRt) 225 will be available at Georgetown and Heavy Seas Double Cannon at Dupont Circle.

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Union Street Public House - Alexandria, VA

Community Lodgings ‘Spring Forward’ Raises Awareness and Funding for Alexandria’s Low-Income and Homeless Families

On Sunday April 10th, 2016, Community Lodgings will host its 11th annual fundraiser, Spring Forward, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Union Street Public House, located at 121 S. Union Street in Alexandria, VA. This event will showcase the past 11 years of Community Lodgings’ commitment to the City of Alexandria and spotlight all the work we have accomplished.

“This is going to be a fantastic event,” said Lynn Thomas, Community Lodgings’ executive director. “I’m particularly excited about the music and the live auction packages. I’m planning to bid on the Cancun trip myself. And I’m especially grateful to the Union Street Public House for their continual, generous support of Community Lodgings each year.”

The Philadelphia international recording artist The Intruders will headline the live music part of the program, and several local musicians will perform as well. Union Street Public House is once again donating their venue, food and staff. The event includes a dinner buffet and an open bar. Live auction items include a stay in a country cottage near Paris, a Cancun villa that sleeps eight and other adventurous prizes. The program portion includes the presentation of the Christopher M. McMurray Outstanding Program Achievement Award to a family that has excelled in Community Lodgings’ Transitional Housing and/or Youth Education Programs, and recognition of our “Volunteer of the Year.”

The cost per person is $50 in advance, $60 at the door and $40 to Community Lodgings volunteers and young professionals under the age of 40. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (703) 549-4407. All proceeds will support Community Lodgings’ mission to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency.


Celebrate a night in Venice with cocktails and entertainment
to benefit Alexandria’s most deserving preschoolers

The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) will host its annual Spring Benefit, Carnival: An Evening in Venice on Friday, April 29th, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at National Harbor’s East Pier located at 165 Waterfront St, National Harbor, Maryland 20745.

Each year, gracious individuals and sponsors gather to improve the odds for preschool-aged children in the City of Alexandria who may be at serious risk for school failure.

Kari Shapero, event sponsor and member of our Spring Benefit Committee, said, “The Spring Benefit is a fun and exciting way for the whole community to be involved in changing lives for the better.  I urge everyone to attend.  Each guest attending the benefit makes it possible for Alexandria’s young children to not be disadvantaged by poverty.  Your attendance and donations help to give children an opportunity to thrive in school.  We can improve their lives now and for years beyond their CFNC preschool experience.  Help us to celebrate the success that we can create together for the future of Alexandria.”

This year’s event will transport guests to Venice with a Venetian carnival theme featuring cocktails and cuisine from Italy, as well as an exciting live auction and entertainment.   Live auction packages include: a weekend trip to Virginia’s wine country, three nights in NYC, field passes to meet your favorite Redskins Players, a six-night stay in Havana, Cuba and so much more!  CFNC appreciates the support of the following corporate sponsors of this year’s event:  M&T Bank, Venable LLP, CareFirst, Halt, Buzas and Powell, Ltd., Land Rover of Alexandria, Lobkovich Kitchen Designs, TD Bank and Washington First Bank as well as our media sponsors Alexandria Woman Magazine and Mount Vernon Voice.

For tickets and for more information about The Child and Family Network Centers 2016 Spring Benefit, please visit this link or call the Development Office at (703) 836-0214.

The Art League logoThe Art League brings an awesome “Alexandria Art Experience” to Market Square and in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town this coming weekend at the 2015 Alexandria King Street Arts Festival. The festival includes free, hands-on arts activities.

And lots of ice cream.

Via The Art League

The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser is a delicious way to support the arts. Purchase one of 1,000 hand-made bowls created by the talented artists of The Art League’s Ceramics Department and enjoy delicious custard from Del Ray Pizzeria in Belle Haven – all for only $15 per bowl! The proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s Ceramics department. Participants in the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser may enter a free drawing to win Ceramic Artwork and an Art League gift certificate.

Kudos to the Art League for coming up with a really neat way to raise money for local arts programs.

See you at Market Square!

As readers know, rising 2nd grader Ainsley McDermott has been having lemonade stands this summer to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

She has some REALLY GREAT lemonade and ice tea (sometimes cookies and other treats as well) and is doing good in her community. The stand is OPEN today from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Scroggins Road in Alexandria.

The treats are FREE – All she asks in return, is that you make a donation. She delivers to your car (or bike)!

So, if you’re in the area today, stop on by and help Ainsley continue to do good in her community.

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