HERA Fest 2019 @ City Winery
Sep 22 @ 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

HERA Fest 2019 is an all-ages, female-fueled music festival showcasing women in music from DC and beyond. With over 35 female-fronted acts (including headliner, Jill Sobule), multiple local vendors and awesome musical-themed activities, HERA Fest 2019 will have something for everyone! Proceeds will benefit ProjectHERA, a DC-based, 501c(3) nonprofit organization for women in music. At ProjectHERA, we show girls that there are no limits to what they can do and teach the importance of listening to and supporting each other, while providing a creative outlet.

Eat Well, Do Justice: Celebrity Chef Knish Knockout! @ University of the District of Columbia Student Center
Sep 23 @ 11:34 AM – 12:34 PM

On September 23, 2019, Tzedek DC, a DC legal services organization will hold Eat Well, Do Justice: Celebrity Chef Knish Knockout!.  The event raises funds for Tzedek DC (“Sedek DC”), a non-profit organization headquartered at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law with the mission of safeguarding the rights of low-income DC residents facing often unjust debt collection lawsuits and other predatory consumer crises.

The event will be held at the University of the District of Columbia Student Center. Five acclaimed DC area chefs will create their own take on the knish, the traditional Jewish staple. Attendees will sample each creation and, along with a panel of judges, vote to determine the winner.

The five local Chefs who will be featured at the event are:

·      Cathy Barrow, Cookbook author and Washington Post Food columnist

·      Ian Boden, Chef, The Shack

·      Todd Gray, Chef-owner Equinox

·      Johanna Hellrigl, Partner, Fat Baby Restaurant Group, Executive Chef of Doi Moi

·      Keshaun Winston, Instructor at Cookology and former personal chef for President Obama

Guest Judges who will determine the celebrity chef winner (along with event attendees) are:

·      Renée McDonald Hutchins, Dean, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

·      Dahlia Lithwick, Legal writer, Slate

·     The Hon. Jamie Raskin, U.S. House of Representatives

·      Ed Scarpone, 2018 Eat Well Do Justice! winner and Schlow Restaurant Executive

Bonnie Benwick, Former Deputy Food Editor for The Washington Post, will serve as the Honorary Chair of the event.  Co-chairs for the event are Courtney Weiner, June Kress, Laura Kumin, and Nina Simon.

“Tzedek DC’s focus is fundamentally on a civil rights issue, serving the communities where predatory abuses in lending and lawsuits have been most prevalent,” says Ariel Levinson-Waldman, Founding President and Director-Counsel for Tzedek DC. “This event is an entertaining way to raise funds for this important work, in which we are inspired by the ancient command from the Book of Deuteronomy: “Tzedek, Tzedek tirdof,” or “justice, justice you shall pursue.”

Pints with a Purpose benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association @ The Rooftop at The Graham Georgetown
Sep 24 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Pints with a Purpose benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association – Tuesday, September 24 @ 5pm to 8pm

Guests are invited to The Rooftop at The Graham Georgetown on Tuesday, September 24, for Pints with a Purpose. This month’s charity partner is theAlzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. 10% of all Rooftop sales throughout the evening will benefit the organization’s mission of eliminating Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, providing and enhancing care and support for all affected, and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month Poker Tournament @ Union District Bar & Oyster Lounge
Sep 29 @ 3:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Chance for Life will host its first annual Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month Poker Tournament at Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge on Sunday, September 29. The tournament will last from 3:30pm to 6:30pm with an after party until 9:30pm. Guests are invited to purchase their poker seat or after party ticket at All net proceeds will benefit Chance for Life, furthering its pediatric cancer research initiatives and clinical trials.

Chance for Life Poker Run
Sep 29 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Poker Run

On Sunday, September 29, Chance for Life and culinary partner Chicken + Whiskey co-host a “Poker Run” to close out Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Restaurants along the 14th Street/U Street Corridors will host bar game competitions (e.g. quarters, darts, card throwing, etc.) at each location. Guests must complete each of the five challenges to earn a playing card, forming a poker hand. Once all five playing cards have been collected, participants will return to Chicken + Whiskey for a closing party to submit their poker hands. The guests with the top three poker hands will win:

  • First Prize – Trip to Los Angeles, California – Roundtrip airfare for two (2) by Southwest Airlines and a two-night stay at The Line Hotel
  • Second Prize – Two (2) Chance for Life Poker Tickets + Four (4) Chance for Life VIP Taste Experience Tickets – Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ MGM National Harbor
  • Third Prize – Two (2) San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins Suite Level Tickets for Sunday, October 20 + one (1) parking pass included

                                All participating restaurant locations will offer drink specials during the event with a percentage of bar proceeds benefiting Chance for Life. For additional rewards, guests are invited to enjoy a ticket raffle at Chicken + Whiskey to win a multitude of prizes. 100% of all ticket and raffle proceeds benefit Chance for Life.

WHERE:                Poker Run – Restaurant participants along the 14th Street / U Street Corridors in Washington, DC:

  • Chicken + Whiskey (kickoff, registration + closing party) – 1738 14th Street NW
  • Service Bar – 926-928 U Street NW
  • Fainting Goat – 1330 U Street NW
  • Compass Rose – 1346 T Street NW
  • Colada Shop Rooftop – 1405 T Street NW
  • Black Jack – 1612 14th Street NW
Chance for Life BINGO @ Call Your Mother Deli
Sep 30 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

On Monday, September 30, Chance for Life restaurant partner Call Your Mother Deli will hold a bingo event benefiting pediatric cancer research. From 5pm to 8pm, join your favorite Jew-ish Deli for bingo night complete with good food, fun prizes, and lots of drinks, all for a good cause. All-inclusive tickets are available for $200 with 75% of revenue going to Chance for Life.

VIDA Thrive 5k @ Rock Creek Park
Oct 12 @ 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Celebrating 40 years of service Thrive DC is partnering with VIDA Fitness for their annual 5K run Saturday, October 12. VIDAThrive5K Run for a Cause hopes to generate awareness to prevent poverty and end homelessness in Washington D.C. The 5K will take place at Rock Creek Park following a scenic trail and welcomes any level of runners, plus walkers, friends, families, baby strollers and pets. Race registration is $35 with all proceeds donated directly to Thrive DC.

  • Date: Saturday October 12, 2019 Race begins at 8 a.m.
  • Where: Rock Creek Park. Race starts at Carter Barron park off 16th St. NW along Beach Drive finishing behind William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Stadium.
  • Registration: Open to everyone and is $35 per person

The need within the District to help men, women and children in extreme poverty is tremendous. The charitable arm of VIDA Fitness partnered with Thrive DC for their annual 5K in hopes to bring awareness and help raise funding to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in Washington. Individuals wishing to participate can learn more and register at .

More About Thrive DC

Thrive DC currently serves more than 250 people a day and over 153,000 meals per year. They offer approximately 415 showers to the homeless per month and 1,400 loads of laundry are washed by clients every year.

They also offer a variety of programs to help at risk individuals create a safe and fulfilling life including:

  • Morning Program: Serving more than 150 people each morning for breakfast. Plus the ability to showers, do laundry, access email, use the phone and receive emergency groceries
  • Evening Program: A safe environment for women and children serving dinner with showers, laundry, emergency groceries, enrichment and therapeutic activities, along with a safe place to build community.
  • Computer Lab: Open five days a week with computer use to connect with family, search for jobs, workshops for resumes, cover letter writing is also available  on designated days during the week.
  • Employment Program: Training, education, and ongoing support needed to regain their independence through employment support, case management, resume writing and a 23 week course of intensive employment training.
  • New Directions Re-Entry Program: Designed to assist men and women who have been recently incarcerated, and/or released from jail or prison, on the road to becoming successful.
  • Substance Abuse Program: Offer those struggling with substance abuse and/or addiction.
  • Therapy Programs: Occasional groups such as music and art therapy, garden group, comedy group, and other peer support networks that help clients move to the next step out of homelessness.
  • Victim Services: Available Wednesday – Friday offering support, referrals and connecting clients to services if a victim of a crime.
Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Luncheon @ Marriott Wardman Park
Oct 15 @ 11:00 PM – Oct 16 @ 1:30 AM

Join Washington Area Women’s Foundation for an inspirational celebration of the power of investing in women and girls in the Washington region. Be among the nearly 1,000 attendees representing the Washington area’s most influential businesses, foundations, individuals and legislators using their passion, influence and generosity to create real change for our community.

Salvation Army 70th Anniversary Platinum Celebration Fashion Show Luncheon & Auction @ The Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner
Oct 25 @ 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington, DC to Host 70th Anniversary Platinum Celebration Fashion Show Luncheon & Auction
Annual fundraiser supports previously homeless young mothers with children and survivors of human trafficking throughout DC communities

When: Friday, October 25, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: The Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102

Who: In partnership with Bloomingdale’sThe Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington, DC will host its 70th Anniversary Platinum Celebration Fashion Show Luncheon and Auction at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons’s Corner on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. News 4 Reporter Molette Green and News4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer are the tentative hosts for this annual signature fundraising event which helps women and children living throughout the community. Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auction will conduct the live auction—which in addition to event ticket sales and sponsorships, will raise funds to provide direct support to local programs including:

Turning Point Center—Founded in 1999, Turning Point Center is a transitional housing program meeting the needs of young homeless mothers and their children in the heart of Northwest Washington, DC. The program is open to women between the ages of 18 and 24. In addition to a safe and secure living environment—including fully furnished living quarters during their stay—the mothers receive independent living and life skills, encouragement to complete their G.E.D and beyond, and secure meaningful employment during the course of the program. Turning Point Center provides expert case management and skilled staff members to empower young mothers to take control of their lives.

Camp Happyland—For more than 50 years, this sprawling 220-acre residential camping facility in Central Virginia has offered activities for kids including outdoor swimming, fishing, paddle boating, arts and crafts, hiking, zip-lining, archery and more. Every summer, The Salvation Army gives 400 local children, mostly from low-income families, the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Happyland, providing them the opportunity to learn while having fun and fellowship away from the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC.

Anti-Human Trafficking Program—Founded in 2017, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command’s new Anti-Human Trafficking Program provides a 24-hour emergency response, with a residential component that includes comprehensive services designed to bring restoration to women and men who have been exploited. The program offers a 24-hour hotline and intake process, emergency transportation to the shelter, emergency beds for adult victims, a comfortable living environment in a secure and undisclosed location and specially-trained staff to work with victims and survivors.

For ticket, sponsorship and additional event info, visit To learn more about The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington, DC and the programs they support, visit

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  3. DoubleTree by Hilton Celebrates “National Cookie Month” in Washington DC with “Sweet Rides” for Amtrak Passengers.

    DoubleTree by Hilton is teaming up with Amtrak to delight travelers by giving DC and Baltimore-area communters a “sweet” surprise for National Cookie Month. On Thursday, October 8, DoubleTree by Hilton and Amtrak tam members will give away the hotel brand’s signature chocolate chip cookie and walnut cookies along select Amtrak trains for Washington, DC Union Station to Baltimore Penn Station.

    Travelers and fans around the world are also invited to share a photo or story from the own “sweet” DoubleTree by Hilton experience using #CookieCare for the chance to win a variety of rewards, ranging from free cookies to hotel stays.

    The “sweet rides” are part of DoubleTree by Hilton’s Cookie Car program, which celebrates the brand’s global commitment to delivering the “little things” that enhance guests’ travel experiences.

    Amtrak Northeast Regional Routes from Union Station to Baltimore Penn Station
    Thursday, October 8, 2015
    11:30 AM -6:00 PM

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