From friends of Matt Shlonsky:

“I wanted to keep you updated on our progress over the last month or two. So far we have raised about $35,000 of the $50,000 needed for American University to start a permanent endowment. Once we hit the $50,000 goal, AU will begin providing grants to student and faculty to research ways to make DC a healthier, cleaner, and safer place! These donations have been gathered from an array of family, friends, nonprofits, local and national businesses.

We have a third fundraiser planned at Tenley Bar and Grill on April 26th from 6-10pm [4611 41st Street, NW]. The Facebook event is here. Our goal is to raise a few thousand more dollars at this event and awareness about the fund. Fifteen dollar donation at the door gets the participant happy hour deals all night.”

Ivy Charity Gala

Reminder from Ivy & Coney:

“Hey Norm! If you could spend $100 to raise $15,000 for Bread for The City would you do it? I would! I’d dig up my grandpa’s tux or my old prom dress and crush hot dogs like Kobayashi! On April 14th Ivy and Coney (1537 7th St, NW) gets fancy for charity and so can you! For a single crisp Benjamin you get all you can eat and drink from 7 – 11pm while supporting a great cause. Because where else can you throw back Strohs and toss peanut shells on the floor in an evening gown? Even better, you get to do all this on our brand new roof deck! No worries if you don’t have your own formal wear, a super fancy tuxedo t-shirt is included in the price! To help Bread for the City in their mission to fight poverty by providing food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, Ivy and Coney will donate 100% of event proceeds as well as 100% of tips to charity. We are also teaming up with Goose Island, Pernod Ricard, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller-Coors, Cogito Ergo Saute and others for some great silent auction items.

Grab tickets here while they last! If you cannot make the event but would still like to support Bread for the City or learn more about their mission, please visit them here.”

Chef Aaron McCloud, CEDAR 2

“Dear PoPville,

My good friend, Aaron McCloud, has been diagnosed with cancer. He was bothered by a persistent sore throat and finally went to see the doctor. Tests revealed that he had throat cancer that has metastasized into cancer in his back.

He is in Ann Arbor, Michigan where his mother lives, receiving treatment at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Aaron’s brother has created a GoFundMe page.

Chef Aaron McCloud was most recently the executive chef at Clyde’s Willow Creek farm. Prior to that he made his mark on the DC dining scene as the innovative chef behind Cedar’s menu. You’ll recall that he created Cedar’s wild game menu. He was most creative as he shopped the Thursday FreshFarm Market’s Penn Quarter market and took his purchases back to the restaurant to create that evening’s dinner menu.

He was also the executive chef at the Inn at Perry Cabin and for The Vintage Restaurant Group.

Aaron became a chef in the most unlikely way – he was a child prodigy violinist who began performing at age four. One of his teenage jobs was as a violinist at the popular Michigan seafood restaurant. He liked what he saw and he asked the owner if he could work in the kitchen. He says the owner replied “What? You’re the kid who shows up in a suit and plays the violin.” But Aaron prevailed and took a job as a dishwasher. He told me that he would come home reeking of fish and never happier in his life. He convinced the chef to train him on the prep line. His big break came one Sunday when the brunch omelet maker didn’t show up for work. The chef said “Okay kid, you’re on”. And he never stopped cooking after that.

Those of us who know Aaron are devastated. But he’s young (37) and strong and we are confident he’ll fight this thing.”

If you are able please consider a donation here.

IC Smokehouse
1356 Okie Street, NE

From Charity Off the Hook:

“Charity Off The Hook (COTH) is pleased to announce its sixth annual fundraiser will be held at the new ‘The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse’ on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 6-10 p.m. The seafood-centric celebration raises money for several noteworthy charities in the region for a night of incredible seafood and drink prepared by top chefs in the Washington, D.C. area.

Buy Tickets Here.

This year’s participating chefs include: (more…)

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From Street Sense:

Do you have an extra camera laying around? Donate it to homeless photographers at Street Sense!

The Street Sense photography workshop is in dire need of high quality digital cameras that meet the following specifications:

  • Takes an SD card
  • Is less than four years old
  • At least 10 megapixels

To make a donation or get more information about the Street Sense photography, email [email protected]


“Dear PoPville,

Our neighbors in Shaw lost their beautiful baby girl Kandi last year. Another neighbor has started a page to raise funds to help her mother and grandmother cover her medical and funeral expenses (Kandi spent most of her 6 short months on earth in the hospital, surrounded by loving family).

“Angela and her daughter Tyelynn are our neighbors, and they have been members of the Marion St. community for over 20 years. They are amazing neighbors who are always quick to bring over food, share a smile, and make you feel good. We would like to help them in their time of need.

Tyelynn gave birth to Kandi in June 2015. Unfortunately, Kandi suffered from a prenatal condition and had to remain in neonatal intensive care unit for months. Although Kandi spent the majority of her life in the hospital, her mother and her grandmother Angela visited her constantly and showered her with love. Sadly, Kandi passed away in December leaving Tyelynn and Angela devastated.

The money raised from this fundraiser will go toward helping Angela and Tyelynn pay for Kandi’s medical and funeral expenses. Please considering helping them in any way you can.”

You can donate here.”

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From a press release:

“Residents of our nation’s capital can enjoy the most celebrated food in the area on April 4, when DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to the historic National Building Museum. The annual tasting event will feature the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists united for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need every day. Proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Location: National Building Museum, 401 F ST NW, Washington, DC 20001
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. for VIP/VIP Plus; 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for General Admission
Admission: $120 for General Admission; $175 for VIP; and $275 for VIP Plus
Ticket Sales: Tickets to DC’s Taste of the Nation can be purchased at ce.strength.org/dc (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Jeffrey Prosser, a D.C. graphic designer and integral part of the Washington, DC experimental music scene as both musician and promoter, passed away on April 3, 2015. He was an exceedingly sweet and generous man with many friends across D.C.’s various music and arts scenes and beyond. Shortly after his death, two memorial concerts were organized in Adams Morgan and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Now, some of his musician friends have put together a compilation in his honor, titled Thirsty and Miserable, a phrase Jeffrey was particularly fond of.

The compilation features twenty-one artists (twenty-two for the download) who knew and loved Jeffrey, featuring both locals and musicians from farther afield. The artwork includes designs by Jeffrey, including art for flyers he designed to promote shows around the DC area.  Proceeds from sales of the compilation go to Bread for the City, a charity selected by the Prosser family.

The album is available at http://jeffreyprosser.bandcamp.com.”

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From an email:

“Want to help homeless kids in DC run towards a brighter future? Sign up for the Bright Beginnings 5K by April 9 for only $25 (registration increases after this date!) and help us raise money for Bright Beginnings, a DC-based non-profit which provides education, therapeutic and family-stabilizing services for 30% of Washington’s homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and their families, to give them the best chance of success in school and in life. Bright Beginnings is located at 1st and M St NW and is opening an additional center next year to serve another 100 children.

This is a fun family run or walk for an amazing cause. Runners and walkers of all levels are invited. Plus there is a stroller brigade! The run/walk/stroller brigade will start and finish at West Potomac Park at Hains Point, next to the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC. Participants will enjoy a scenic view of the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, and the Potomac River.

For more details, visit here
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00am
Where: West Potomac Park at Hains Point, Washington, DC

Direct Registration Link.

Direct Facebook Event Link.”