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From a press release:

“On September 5 some big-hearted burlesquers, sideshow folks and musical comedy acts are coming together to raise money for Bebe, a 9-year-old ShihTzu who has cancer. Bebe’s treatment has consisted of a series of vaccines with each shot costing just under $800 and a couple of additional surgeries, all of which, so far, totals $7,000.

Bebe’s owner Momo Nakamura is a local actress who takes Bebe everywhere with her. The duo have even appeared onstage together in DC’s serialzed “doing good by doing theatre” festival, Hope Operas. Back in February Bebe had a surgery to remove a mass in her hind quarters that revealed a malignant melanoma. Without treatment, Bebe was given six months to live. Presented with various possible treatment options Momo chose the most humane, and coincidentally, financially burdensome treatment.

The fundraiser will feature performances by DC’s own sideshow girl Mab Just Mab,; DC’s spicy sweetheart burlesquer Candy del Rio; Baltimore’s burlesquing ballerina tapdancer Tapitha Kix; Aaron Spaace who puts the Bowie in boylesque; musical comedy duo Frankie & Betty and the evening is hosted by Lucrezia Blozia, best described as the bastard lovechild of Weird Al Yankovic and Divine.

BARK VICTORY! Tickets are $12 at the door. This event is for folks 21+. Doors open 8:00 PM, Show is 9:00 PM sharp. The Bier Baron is located at 1523 22nd St., N.W., Washington DC 20037, just north of the intersection of 22nd and P in Dupont Circle. Folks who are unable to attend but still wish to contribute can go to Bebe’s GoFundMe page.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user JosephLeonardo

From an email:

“On Wednesday, August 20, the Nationals will be hosting their 9th annual toy drive that falls on their U.S. Marine Corps Day during their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. To help support the important work of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve and the Toys for Tots Foundation, fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate outside Center Field Gate, from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the third inning. Donated toys will be given to nonprofit organizations and hospital pediatric wards in the D.C. area during the holidays. Drives like this, that take place outside of the holiday season will not only help the foundation to become supplied, but hopefully they will inspire others to spread the word and continue to donate year-round.”


From Brianne Nadeau:

“On Thursday night, an explosion and fire at 1429 Belmont Street, NW displaced 74 residents. Since that time they have been sheltered at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center, and many neighbors have offered support by donating clothing and providing translation.

Tremendous coordination is ongoing between the Red Cross, many different DC agencies, the Office of Latino Affairs, staff from the Mayor and CM Graham’s office, Housing Counseling Services and LEDC.

Many of you have asked how you can help as we work to relocate these families, with the goal of keeping them together and in our community.

Our friends at the Latin American Youth Center will be collecting donations in support of these families. If you would like to give, please visit their website and select “Columbia Heights Fire Victims”as the special purpose.”



“This memorial fundraiser is set up in memory of James Oh.

He was taken away from us and is now with God, fishing in the big lake in the sky.
He never asked for much and appreciated the simple things in life. Everyone loved him in the DC community he worked at. He was everyone’s dad. He cared for you like you were his own.
We will miss him dearly.

He is is survived by his wife, Soonai, daughter, Susie, and son in law, David.

If you would like to donate to help pay for medical or funeral expenses, you may use this site.

This site charges a transaction fee, for those who do have Paypal can send funds directly without fees to “bboydiz(at)”

And for those who would rather pay via check can email
David Pham at bboydiz(at) for the address.

For those that are friends and family of the Oh family, a memorial service has been set for this Friday, July 11th, please contact David Pham for information.

James Oh, a beloved husband, father, and friend will be missed. May you rest in peace.

Thank you for your condolences, prayers, and support. Please continue to pray so that we may bring justice to him.”


“Dear PoPville,

A friend of mine, D’Arcee Neal, who is handicapped, was housesitting for a friend last night in NW when someone STOLE his wheelchair. He now has no way to get around and there’s a fundraising page up now to help him purchase a new chair.”

Ed. Note: I asked how the chair was stolen and was told:

“D’Arcee was housesitting in Logan Circle and got back to the house around 12:30 a.m. Because the condo he was housesitting in had stairs he had to leave the chair outside and crawl to get inside.

Workers next door arrived at 6AM and the chair which had been outside was gone so they think the window is about 1-6AM that it could have happened. The chair itself costs about $4,750 dollars so it’s like someone’s car being stolen. A police report has been filed at this time but at this point we just want to highlight the issue and get him a new chair. It’s so sad.”

The Gofundme fundraising page says:

“In late June, my good friend D’Arcee had his wheelchair stolen in a residential area of Northwest DC. This particular chair was a lightweight, more expensive model, so you can imagine the financial burden my friend now faces.

I don’t know what it feels like to have your mobility taken away from you, but I imagine that even though he’s a strong, vibrant individual, he feels violated. As his friends and family, we can come together to show him that we love and support him by funding his new chair. Thank you for your contribution–anything helps!”

Photo by PoPville flickr user clif_burns

“Dear PoPville,

Today is “Do More 24″ in our fair city, initiated by the United Way of the National Capital Area. I know you/PoPville is a multi-neighborhood booster, shouldn’t show favorites, but I’m going to ask anyway:

I live in the splendid neighborhood of Lanier Heights, which is home to Joseph’s House.  I’m sure you’re well aware of their mission:

Joseph’s House offers healing care to homeless men and women dying of AIDS and cancer, providing a depth of physical, emotional and spiritual support that creates the possibility for profound healing and the restoration of individual dignity.

Would it be possible for you to feature the house as House of the Day tomorrow, or Garden of the day, or Garden fixture of the day (it’s all beautiful right now) so as to highlight their mission and possibly aid their campaign?  Their goal this year is to raise $50,000 (last year they raised $30,000).

I’ll be honest, at times I can be beyond jaded like many in PoPville I’m sure, but Joseph’s House absolutely warms the cockles of my heart. Institutions like Joseph’s House, and even the whole “Do More 24″ campaign are what make DC great. (not small plates. or even bike lanes).

I know there are numerous worthy organizations seeking support tomorrow, but I just thought I’d throw my hat in the ring for Joseph’s House of Lanier Heights.”

Definitely a worthy recipient! I also throw my support behind the folks at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. If you have a favorite feel free to let us know too and hopefully tons of money will be raised today for these great organizations.


“Dear PoPville,

The Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy will be holding a fundraising garage sale this Saturday, May 31 from 10am-12pm at 770 Kenyon St NW. All proceeds will be donated to a family in our community whose home was destroyed in a fire.

We have kids games, men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, a twin bed, sports equipment and more.

We are also accepting donations of items or money. If people are doing some spring cleaning and are interested in getting ride of lightly used, garage sale quality items, you can drop them off at the school any time between now and Saturday.”


From a press release:

“The American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) and The Source by Wolfgang Puck are pleased to host the ninth annual crab cake competition. An annual tradition designed to raise funds for culinary internships, scholarships and educational programs, the contest will pit eight of the area’s top chefs against one another in a crab cake showdown utilizing Department-verified Maryland blue crab. This year’s participating chefs include:

Chef Mike Abt of Le Diplomate
Chef Matt Adler of Osteria Morini
Chef Sarah Biglan of Ris
Chef Tony Chittum of Iron Gate
Chef Chris Clime of PassionFish
Chef Haidar Karoum of doi moi
Chef Andrew Markert of Beuchert’s Saloon
Chef Johnny Spero of Minibar

The winning chef will receive funds to support a culinary intern in their kitchen. In addition, eight students from area culinary schools will compete for a chance to win a $500 scholarship towards their studies.

WHEN: Sunday, June 15, 2014
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Tickets are priced at $75, and include crab cakes, local oyster bars, and beer and wine stations. To purchase tickets to the event, please go here.”

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From an email:

“F*ck Cancer! Benefit for Tara Papanicolas” showcases many of DC’s hottest DJ’s, who are banding together to help one young woman fight a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

When & Where: Wednesday, May 21st 2014 from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. at Flash nightclub, located at 645 Florida Avenue NW, DC 20001.

What: An event featuring DJ’s, dancing, and a series of high end raffle giveaways. DC area musicians, artists, and businesses are coming together to support a friend in serious need. Eric Hilton, Farid, Sam “The Man” Burns, John Thornley, Spinser Tracy, DINO, Harry Hotter, and Jahsonic are the DJ’s slated to spin while the crowd dances on multiple levels. Dozens of high end raffle items have been donated by: Gibson, Heist, Current, Olazzo, Cava, MOOV, Kushi, DC Mobile Hair, Lettie Gooch, Megan Rains, Mishi, Ivy & Coney, Chef Tony’s, and many more. Complementary sushi care of Kushi will be given to those who arrive at the beginning of the evening.”