Zaan Scott via gofundme

Thanks to all who passed on such agonizing news. It’s a further credit to the love so many felt for Zaan. Update from gofundme:

“It is with an enormously heavy heart that I let you all know Zaan collapsed today. He died at 430 pm in Doctors Community Hospital.

Please give me the space to properly grieve the loss of the love of my life.
The good die young.

All proceeds are going towards his funeral expenses.

I will forever love Zaan M D Scott”

via gofundme

“Dear PoPville,

Zaan Scott is the swim instructor at Rumsey Pool. He’s such a great guy and always full of smiles, and this is just devastating. Please share the link to his GoFundMe!”

On April 9th, on his way home after work in SE, he was approached by an armed assailant looking to rob him. A second assailant appeared out of the shadows and shot him in the back. Although the assailants did not take any of his material belongings before running away, they stole his health, independence, sense of safety and livelihood in that one moment when they fired the gun. Police are still looking for the gunmen.

The bullet shattered Zaan’s sixth vertebrae and severed half of his spinal cord. He is currently paralyzed from the waist down and is living in rehab until he is self sufficient again. He attends physical and occupational therapy three hours each day to rehabilitate his spinal cord injury and goes into each session challenging himself to work even harder than the last session. He is desperately clinging to the hope that he will walk again soon and hopes to be back in the pool as soon as possible. Although Zaan is strong and faithful, it will not be an easy road to recovery!

Zaan is in need of financial assistance to get him through this time of need, and he believes in the kindness of strangers, friends and his community.

We are hoping to raise money through this fund to cover the following: (more…)


From an email:

“The Powell Spring Carnival online silent auction is now live and will be available for bidding through 9:00 pm on May 18. The website is Please visit and see the wide array of items donated for auction, including tickets DISNEY WORLD and to local sporting events and theater, venues for kids’ birthday parties, a special event with NPR host and Powell alum Diane Rehm, and dozens of gift cards to area restaurants and businesses (with minimum bids starting at well below the face value). There are some GREAT bargains to be had, so get bidding!!!! Also, every dollar you spend will ultimately be used to support the students and teachers at Powell. Bid early and often!”


“The Marie Reed PTA Online Spring Auction is live! The auction will continue through 11 pm on May 10.

You will need to register as a bidder with the site (with name, email, and address), and then you can bid on any of our items, including gift certificates from Meze, Los Cuates, the Wydown, Tryst, and Pleasant Pops; yoga class passes from Tranquil Space and Tots and Tykes; tickets to see the Mystics in the Verizon Center Players’ Club; and many items provided by Marie Reed parents. Need a patent consultation, a piano lesson, a dog birthday party, or a personal training session? We have you covered.

All winning bidders must arrange for pickup of item in Adams Morgan. Some gift certificates can be mailed/emailed.

Our auction proceeds go to our unrestricted fund to cover extra funding for teachers for classroom projects and field trips.”

race for hope
courtesy Race for Hope

From owner Nic Makris:

“With the support of DCBrau the Blaguard (2003 18th Street, NW in Adams Morgan) and Homestead (3911 Georgia Avenue, NW in Petworth) are donating $2 of every DCBrau pint sold to Race for Hope, a charity 5k here in DC to help fund brain tumor research.

Last year, only a few days prior to Homestead opening, the mother of Nic Makris (owner of The Blaguard and Homestead), passed away following a valiant 11-year fight with brain cancer. The months leading up to her passing, and months following, were incredibly difficult for Nic and his family, but their family is not alone. Everyone has been affected by cancer whether as a patient, family member or friend. We have the opportunity to fight back against this disease and Nic and his family have invited the public to come and support them in our fight against cancer!
The week-long fundraiser at the Blaguard and Homestead runs May 1st-May 6th. With the purchase of any DCBrau $2 gets donated to their Race for Hope team, Chris’s Cronies, in honor of Nic’s mother, Christine Makris. There will also be a fundraising event and DCBrau Collaboration tap takeover on May 6th, 2017 from 2-7pm at the Blaguard, and there will be a TON of raffle prizes, including gift cards, Nats/O’s tickets, sports memorabilia, a “Friday Night on the River” package, a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, Port City Brewery tour for 12 and more! If you can’t make it by for a pint or to the fundraiser, but you’re still interested in supporting the event, please consider joining Chris’ Cronies and walking/running in the Race for Hope (May 7th) at Freedom Plaza. To join the team, or make a donation directly to their team, please visit

3333 Georgia Ave, NW courtesy Midlands

From a press release:

“Hot Hot Hot: Fundraiser for Climate Action

A group of concerned, sustainability-minded individuals are co-hosting a benefit with the Midlands Beer Garden in Park View to combat climate change on Friday, April 28th, from 6-10pm. This event is part of the People’s Climate March “Week of Action”.

Kegs have been generously donated by Anderson Valley Brewing and Uinta Brewing. Any beers from these taps and all other proceeds will benefit Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, fighting for action on climate change, environmental justice, and the health of our communities across the country.

In addition to drinking beers for a great cause, attendees will have the opportunity to take action and make their voices heard. The event will include stations for making rally signs for the People’s Climate March on April 29th and writing letters to lawmakers and local representatives. (more…)

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From an email:

“We are hosting our annual kickoff fundraiser at Ten Tigers Parlour on Monday, May 1st from 6:30-9:30 pm (3813 Georgia Avenue, NW). The weekly Saturday market will begin again on May 6.

We will have a silent auction, drink specials and a great gathering of neighbors. Funds raised will enable the market to enhance our existing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) bonus/match program, host special events to promote community engagement and attract more neighbors, and support part-time market staff to coordinate operations and programming.

Tickets are $15, or 2 for $25 and can be purchased here.”

ivy coney fundraiser

“Ivy and Coney is hosting the second annual Charity Gala with all proceeds benefiting Bread For The City. Your ticket gets you a sweet 80’s formal wear t-shirt, open bar and open food. We will also have a sweet charity auction featuring tons of beer swag, private chef dinners, rare booze and more. And don’t forget, every penny is going to a great cause that helps thousands of DC residents! Our goal is to raise over $15,000 while getting everyone drunk and full of hot dogs.”

Get your tickets here.

1537 7th Street, NW – middle


From an email:

“Boundary Stone (116 Rhode Island Ave, NW) is hosting a benefit for Common Good City Farm beginning Thursday in memory of Bloomingdale resident Tricia McCauley. In addition to charitable contributions to the cause from both 3 Stars Brewing and DC Brau (a rotation of DC Brau and 3-Stars on the “Common Good” Tap, with all proceeds going to support the farm), Atlas Brew Works will debut “Isla De Encanta” – a beer brewed in her honor and especially for this event. All proceeds will go to Common Good City Farm in Bloomingdale, a non-profit organization where Tricia honed her skills as an herbalist.

Common Good will also be dedicating a memorial herb garden at their location on Sat, April 15th at 11AM.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh Bassett

From Chipotle:

“On Thursday, March 23 from 10:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill will host a fundraiser across all D.C. Metro-area restaurants to support the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. When customers dine at any of these locations and mention the fundraiser at the register, Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to support the organization. (more…)