From an email:
“My project partner Sara Abdel-Rahim and I have organized a non-profit dinner series named Tables Without Borders to support refugee and asylum-seeking chefs in the DC area. On each night of World Refugee Week (June 17-22), a popular DC restaurant (A Rake’s Progress, Espita, Little Sesame, Maydan, and Himitsu) will welcome an emerging refugee or asylum-seeking chef into the kitchen and offer a unique menu combining the restaurant and chef’s signature flavors. A portion of all proceeds will benefit HIAS, a leader in refugee resettlement and advocacy.”
via the Berner “Bud” Johnson Memorial Fund
Thanks to all who’ve been emailing updates about this tragic event.
“With heavy hearts, we said goodbye to Bud on Sunday as he finally succumbed to the injuries he received when assaulted by a group of individuals just outside where he lived in Washington DC. He was never alone as we were there in spirit until the end. His organs have gone to a good cause and are helping at least two others live.
Many have asked if they could donate money to help Diane and the family. As a result, we have started this fund for those who wish to contribute. (more…)
2003 18th Street, NW
From an email:
“My family is Nicaraguan and you may have heard about the current humanitarian crisis. My mom and a network of Nicaraguan grandmothers through their nonprofit, AbueNica, have been helping asylum seekers – providing food, medical services, lawyers, etc. It’s crucially needed work as there currently aren’t many supports in place for refugees.
Anyone is welcome! We’ll have happy hour specials all evening, awesome raffle prizes, and members of the diaspora leadership there to answer questions – so even if people want to just learn about what’s going on, it’s a forum for that too.”
“Please join us Wednesday, May 8 at 6 pm for a happy hour fundraiser in support of AbueNica, a humanitarian organization working to aid those affected by the violence in Nicaragua.
Our friends at The Blaguard have generously offered to host the event. Your $10 donation gets you access to happy hour specials all evening, plus you’ll be entered into a raffle for some great prizes graciously donated by local D.C. businesses such as Timber Pizza and the Midlands, with additional raffle tickets available for purchase! (more…)
Beverly Jones via GoFundMe
Beverly Jones, artist, entrepreneur, “mother” of many pop-ups in and around Logan Circle for local artists, and the last manager of Pulp on the Hill and Pulp on 14th Street, NW, having taken over from Pulp founder, the late Ron “Feel the Love” Henderson, died in the early morning of March 23 of Myeloma. She was a welcoming face at Pulp and now, as we still mourn the loss of Pulp, we mourn Beverly. Her family and friends will celebrate her life on May 4 with details to be announced at the GoFundMe Page established by her daughter. We hope that many who frequented either or both stores, the pop-ups or who got to know Bev at Eastern Market where she sold her own cards and those of others for years, – – will want to donate here to help with the celebration of her too-short life.” (more…)
From a press release:
“On April 7th, $200 will buy you a lot of dirty tricks for a good cause at 826DC’s Paddlestar Galactica ping-pong tournament. You could make your opponent play with their hand instead of a paddle, wear an eye patch, or be pummeled by ping-pong balls while receiving your serve. No, this is not your typical fundraiser–but 826DC is also not your typical DC nonprofit.
Steeped in whimsy and wonder, 826DC is dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. For the seventh annual Paddlestar Galactica, 826DC is challenging the community to compete in a bracket-style ping-pong tournament. Participants have the month prior to fundraise before competing in the main event on April 7th, noon to 3:00pm at DC’s hottest social club devoted to ping-pong, SPIN (1332 F Street, NW).
This is 826DC’s largest annual fundraiser and all donations go directly to support their free writing programs, homework help, and publishing opportunities for DC’s young people. (more…)
The story of Wendy Martinez, the runner stabbed in Logan circle last fall, was so hard for so many of us in DC.
Her fiancée Daniel is running the Boston marathon in a few weeks and is still $4,000 away from his fundraising goal. I don’t know him personally but saw a news story about the race and wanted to help out. Sometimes the runner has to make up the difference for these fundraising bibs. (more…)
116 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Boundary Stone is of course one of the best pubs in D.C. for many reasons. And this is a big one.
So much awfulness bringing out so much greatness. Thanks to all who donated from Team PoPville we represented properly! And oh my God, did so many people rally for this. And while Boundary Stone thanks many key players (see below), I’d like to take the opportunity to thank them, and especially the Croke family, for all they do for this event. It is truly stunning to witness. The passion they have in fighting this awful illness is truly inspiring. And it’s a good reminder that while all this negativity abounds these days, there is also much greatness to celebrate. So on behalf of so many, thank you to Boundary Stone for leading the charge in this fight year after year after year.
And Brandon Skall, of D.C. Brau fame, really is the greatest emcee I’ve ever witnessed.
From Boundary Stone:
“Wow. Wow. Wow! We are blown away by the awesomeness of our community! Thanks to all who donated, volunteered and came out in force to our St. Baldrick’s Foundation shave party on Sunday. Together we raised $155,000 for pediatric cancer research! ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!! INCREDIBLE!!!! (more…)
courtesy Washington National Cathedral
From a press release:
“Washington National Cathedral launched its new “Let There Be Lego!” project to build a miniature, 13-foot- long scale model of the Cathedral out of 400,000 Lego bricks. Starting March 1, members of the public will be invited to “buy a brick” for $2.00, and help build up the Cathedral brick by brick, with all proceeds going toward restoration of parts of the Cathedral damaged by the 2011 earthquake.” (more…)