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Around Town: October 15-16

Happy mid-October! We have plenty of cool places to spend your weekend, including …

Multicultural Career Intern Program (Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th Street NW)

Between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Saturday, head over to MCIP’s 3rd Annual Booksale in support of the middle school and high school libraries at the CHEC — thousands of books in all genres at very reasonable prices.

Earth Sangha (at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 13950 Dawson Beach Road, Woodbridge, VA)

Help out with invasive plant removal, clearing invasive vines and grasses from Earth Sangha’s grassland site, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday. Directions right here.

Alternative House — The Abused & Homeless Children’s Refuge (Emergency Shelter for Teens, 2100 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA)

On Saturday at 10:00 AM, come for Volunteer Information Session where you will find out more about how you can get involved in programs and services for homeless and at-risk youth and teen. This event is for age 18+ only. RSVP to (703 ) 506-9191.

Seabury Resources for Aging (at CCGH, 2501 18th Street NE)

Celebrate Christian Communities Group Homes’ 30th year of service to DC’s most vulnerable older adults on Saturday from noon to 2:00 PM with free zumba classes, refreshments, and an Open House — plus a Help the Homeless Mini Walk event.

Hospice Caring (at The Bolger Center, 9600 Newbridge Road, Potomac, MD)

Join Hospice Caring for its the 22nd Annual Gala on Saturday at 6:30 PM: an evening of dinner, dancing, and auctions. Guests are welcome to dress to the Roaring Twenties theme! Learn more about tickets here.

Potomac Conservancy (at C&O Canal National Historical Park)

Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM marks the 4th Annual Potomac River Jam, a (free) full-day celebration of the natural beauty, culture, and history of the Potomac River and C&O Canal. Sample popular nature walks, enjoy local music and crafts, and take a canoe trip to Minnie’s Island.

L’Arche Greater Washington DC (at Ontario and Euclid houses, Adams Morgan)

Come meet the people of L’Arche and see L’Arche’s cozy homes at the annual fall open houses on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Further information about directions available here.

DC Youth Orchestra Program (at Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol Street NE)

Coming up on Sunday at 4:00 PM: DCYOP’s Intermediate Concert. Performance groups include the Concert Orchestra, Concert Wind Ensemble, Preparatory Orchestra, Prepartory Wind Ensemble, Intermediate D Orchestra, Intermediate C Orchestra, and Intermediate Wind Ensemble.

Also! On Sunday morning at 8:00 AM, three Catalogue non-profits will take part in the Acumen Solutions’ Race for a Cause 8K and 1-Mile Fun Run: Greenbrier Learning Center, For Love of Children, and the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. If you run or walk, you can choose with non-profit to benefit. Or you can come and cheer at North Quincy Street in Arlington!

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  1. The results are in for this race! Please let me know if you would like us to send a photo of the check presentation ceremony that took place just the other day. Press release is enclosed below.


    For Immediate Release:
    Unique Charitable Race Strategy Results in a 54% Increase in Proceeds and 1,000 More Race Registrants
    Acumen Solutions’ 3rd Annual Race for a Cause? Nets $125,000 for DC Area Non-Profits This Year
    McLean, VA ? November 30, 2011 ? Acumen Solutions, an international leader in cloud computing, mobile and enterprise consulting, announced today that they distributed $125,000 from their third annual 8K race for area non-profits. With a 54% increase over 2010 race proceeds this year?s results confirm that their innovative approach to fundraising has greatly increased race proceeds, sponsors, and registrants. The Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause? benefited 10 DC-area nonprofit organizations and racers ?voted? for their preferred charity among the ten when registering. The participating charities along with Acumen Solutions are equally responsible for promoting the race and getting a minimum number of registrants to select their charity in order to qualify for any race proceeds. This approach encourages a healthy ?competition? among the non-profits to promote the race to the widest audience of runners. This year, all participating non-profits met the minimum number of runners and they will all receive some award. BUILD Metro DC came out on top with the most runners and Greenbrier Learning Center was a close second.
    Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause? 3rd Annual 8K and 1-Mile Fun Run took place on Sunday, October 16, 2011 in Arlington, VA. In an addition to an increase in donations, the race drew 3,030 registrants, a boost of more than 1,000 registrants from last year. One hundred percent of the net race proceeds are allocated to the qualifying non-profits and Acumen Solutions donates 100% of their employees? time in order to promote and execute this annual event.
    2011 Beneficiaries
    ? Boys & Girls Clubs ? Alexandria ? Olympic Branch
    ? BUILD Metro DC
    ? Education Pioneers
    ? E.L.Haynes Public Charter School
    ? For Love of Children
    ? Greenbrier Learning Center
    ? Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
    ? Medical Care for Children Partnership
    ? National Fatherhood Initiative
    ? The Women?s Center
    Executive Director, Christopher J. Brown, from BUILD Metro DC stated, ?We are overwhelmed by the support that was garnered this year for our organization with the Race for a Cause. Acumen Solutions has been a trusted partner in our work serving the DC metropolitan area for over 4 years.? Mr. Brown continued to say that they ?have benefited from the company?s leadership on our Local Advisory Board, volunteer and mentor support, and strategic guidance as we grow. The relationship between BUILD and Acumen Solutions is a model for dynamic partnerships that have deep and lasting impact on our communities.?
    The Race for a Cause is not only unique in its format but also because of the teamwork fundraising model. Acumen Solutions involves the designated charities from the start and arms them with press releases, press kits, and advice on how to promote the race. Also, having the proceeds be distributed among multiple charities allows for healthy competition. Margie Johnson, Sr. Director, Corporate Care, says ?This fundraising format turns into a contest between the charities, but they also support each other through the process. We are all striving for a common goal and that is very apparent from the incredible growth the race has had over the past three years as well as the increased community involvement.?
    Acumen Solutions? goal every year is to not only raise awareness and funds for their nonprofit partners, but to also host an event that engages and involves the community in a way that enables all participants to feel the impact. The Race for a Cause? has continued to do so by exponentially increasing their monetary influence, sponsorships, and registrants over the three years that the race has been in existence. Acumen Solutions was able to pull together an incredible list of area sponsors and would especially like to thank their Championship-level sponsors: AtlasAdvancement, Inc., Federal Title & Escrow Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, The Meltzer Group, Tobin, O?Connor & Ewing and Watkins Meegan.

    For further information contact:
    Donita Prakash

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