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Alexandria Springs for Giving and Service

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Apr 27,2011
Filed Under News , Community, Entertainment , Local Style,

Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />At the Oct. 2009 ACT for Alexandria Philanthropy Summit.
Photo by John Arundel
At the Oct. 2009 ACT for Alexandria Philanthropy Summit.

ALEXANDRIA, VA -  Who said we weren't a giving place to live?
Spring to Alexandria, a 3-day Celebration of Giving and Service takes place throughout the City of Alexandria next week, Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7.

Now in its fourth year, the event continues to grow exponentially in terms of numbers of sponsors, volunteers, organizations and projects involved.

“Spring for Alexandria reflects the values of this caring city where neighbors help neighbors," said booster Lyles Carr. "I believe it will continue to grow each year as more and more people join us to serve and give. I am pleased to have played a small part in getting it started."
“I want this to be something that is part of Alexandria culture – a sense of civic pride. There are opportunities for everybody to participate.
“It's exciting that we have this opportunity to create streams of funding that will help to sustain key parts of our civic capacity. I was thrilled when the City raised their hand and said they wanted to be a partner. How many cities do you know that would give a paid day to their employees to volunteer? The partnership with City is a key component.”
ACT for Alexandria will hold their Generations of Giving Gala on Thursday, May 5 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. This year’s event, the ACTlympics, has a sports theme and will honor Alexandria car dealer Jack Taylor for his legacy of service to our community.  

Photo by John Arundel <br />At the Oct. 2009 ACT for Alexandria Philanthropy Summit.
Photo by John Arundel
At the Oct. 2009 ACT for Alexandria
Philanthropy Summit.

The event will be held on the campus of Episcopal High School in the Flippin Field House where dress will be sports casual. Sponsorships are still available.

The Generations of Giving Gala is the kick-off event for Spring for Alexandria, the fourth annual celebration of giving and service in the city.

“In celebration of his many years of community philanthropy with the City of Alexandria we are delighted to announce the Legacy of Service Award to Jack Taylor and his family," said ACT's Executive Director John Porter.  "Jack has made a tremendous impact on our community by giving back generously to numerous charities and scholarships, including the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, and we are pleased to honor him with this very special award,”

“I am honored to receive the Legacy of Service Award from ACT at the Generations of Giving Gala. I look forward to seeing you all on May 5 at Episcopal High School,” said Taylor.

Joining forces with ACT for Alexandria, the City of Alexandria, Alexandria Jaycees and Kids Helping Kids, Volunteer Alexandria organizes those interested in helping make Alexandria a brighter, better place to live and work.

Friday, May 6, brings the Volunteer Alexandria’s Business Philanthropy Summit, which will be followed by the Day of Service, where teams from throughout the city complete in over 80 pre-identified service projects at various nonprofit sites in our community.  

Everyone reconvenes at Market Square in the afternoon to celebrate service and giving.  It’s not too late to round up some colleagues and business associates to help paint up, clean up, fix up, and boost up sites in Alexandria. Everybody is urged to create their own team and be a part of the effort.

On Saturday, May 7, the Alexandria Jaycees will host Contributions Day at the First Baptist Church at 2932 King Street where donations of clothes, food, furniture and other items will be accepted by nonprofit organizations in the community.  Kids Helping Kids Lemonaide stands will also be set up at the site and around the city with proceeds going to two predetermined charities in town.
Tommy May spent a couple of years helping his sister with Kids Helping Kids, Inc. This year, Tommy takes the helm of this year’s Lemonaide Day, along with Ben Luce and Lauren Zapko.

“I kind of grew up knowing about it and said that I wanted to get involved,” May said. “It became my passion – I love it. We really try to help people out in the area and make our community a better place.”

Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />At the Oct. 2009 ACT for Alexandria Philanthropy Summit.
Photo by John Arundel
At the Oct. 2009 ACT for Alexandria
Philanthropy Summit.

May said that their goals for 2011 are to have 40 stands throughout the city of Alexandria to raise $10,000 for the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium and Fund for Alexandria Children.  They already have $6,075 in sponsorships and have over 20 stands committed.

To date, sponsors for Kids Helping Kids include  Lindsay Automotive Group; The May Family; Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota-Scion; Give Back Alexandria; Sarah King & Lyles Carr; The Bentsen Family; Old Town Alexandria Patch; The Newhouse Family; The Chiaramonte Family; The Fleuchas-Langworth Family; The James Family;  The Becker Family; and The Bradley Family.

Sponsors for the weekend’s events include Speck-Caudron; Northwestern Mutual;  pci Communications; SunTrust; Local Kicks and ABC 7; News Channel 8; Endless Waters; DASH; Whole Foods Old Town; Harris Teeter; and Comcast.

"Spring for Alexandria is rapidly becoming the lodestar for what makes Alexandria such an extraordinarily unique community," said David Speck, managing director of Speck-Caudron.  "Hundreds of Alexandrians from the business, civic and political sectors come together for three days of sharing our blessings, having fun, working hard, enjoying good food and recognizing the contributions of some of our most giving citizens.  The end result is a city that never stops meeting needs, solving problems and filling voids. Nothing makes me prouder than to be part of Spring for Alexandria."

Robert W. Sprague, the President and CEO of pci Communications added that Spring for Alexandria represents "the true character of the Alexandria community and we are proud to be involved with this exciting and meaningful celebration."

"Northwestern Mutual is a company that values service and community. We are proud to be a supporting sponsor for Spring for Alexandria, an event dedicated to both of these values,” said Leo Tucker, Managing Partner of The Washington Group of Northwestern Mutual.

Generations of Giving Gala
The May 5th Gala will be held at Episcopal High School’s Flippin Field House from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the event are $175 and this year’s theme is ACTlympics. ACT invites everyone to join the team that makes a difference for an evening of lots of fun and athletic flair. Attire is sporty chic with soft-soled shoes a requirement.

Sportscaster Tim Brant of WJLA ABC 7/News Channel 8 will emcee the evening which includes a live auction and rubber ducky raffle.  The evening will be topped off with the presentation of the Legacy of Service Award to Alexandria Toyota’s Jack Taylor, honoring his commitment to community service, giving, and investment in Alexandria.

This year’s honorary host committee for the event is: The Honorable William D. Euille, The Guiffré Family, The Lindsay Family, The Honorable James P. Moran, The Simpson Family, The Honorable Patsy S. Ticer, Senator and Mrs. John W. Warner, The Honorable Mark R. Warner and Ms. Lisa Collis, The Honorable Jim Webb.

The evening’s sponsors include: Capital One, Episcopal High School, Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota-Scion, Mason Hirst Foundation, RREEF MCCAFFERY INTERESTS INC., Virtue Feed & Grain Restaurant, Alexandria Carpet One Floor & Home, Brown Advisory, Carroll Wireless, LP and Allison Cryor DiNardo, Collis-Warner Foundation, Lindsay Automotive Group, New Target, The Simpson Family and Washington Gas.

For sponsorship or ticket information, please contact Ms. Henrietta LaMotte at or 703-739-7778 or visit

Alexandria Gives: A Community Contributions Day
Clean out your closets and cupboards and help those neighbors in need. Alexandrians are invited to participate in “Alexandria Gives: A Community Contributions Day.”

Sponsored by PNC Bank, and the Alexandria Jaycees. Alexandria Gives is a part of the 4th Annual Spring for Alexandria, a three-day celebration of giving and service, which offers opportunities for Alexandria residents to support their community and local charities.
Participating organizations include:

  • Goodwill Industries
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Alexandria Lincolnia Lions Club
  • Alexandria Animal Welfare League
  • INOVA Blood Donor Services – Blood Donation
  • ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically)

These organizations will be on site at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 collecting food, clothing, housewares, and other supplies. Alexandrians can also give blood through INOVA Blood Donor Services or bring documents to be shredded.  
Alexandria Gives is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank, DASH Bus System and Covanta Energy. Special thanks to First Baptist Church of Alexandria for use of their parking lot.

For more information about the participating organizations and activities or to sign up for the blood drive, please visit or contact Amy Tenhouse at 703-216-0230.

Kids Helping Kids

Kids from all over Alexandria will once again put up lemonade stands on Saturday, May 7, 2011, as part of a daylong effort to raise money to benefit charities supporting at-risk children in Alexandria.  Lemonaide Day is sponsored by the teen non-profit organization, Kids Helping Kids, Inc.

This year marks the 9th Anniversary of Lemonaide Day and like last year, will be part of a three-day celebration of giving and service in the City of Alexandria called Spring for Alexandria, which takes place from May 5 to 7.

Last year, the event raised over $8,500 for two charities and had close to one hundred participants selling lemonade at stands throughout the entire city.  In its ninth year, this group has raised more than $83,500 for various children’s charities in Alexandria through lemonade sales, family and corporate sponsors. This year, the teens hope to exceed their goal of $10,000 for two charities during the Lemonaide Day event by strategically placing stands throughout neighborhoods in Alexandria.

Proceeds will benefit the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium, an interfaith organization, which recruits, trains and matches volunteers as tutors in reading for approximately 130 first and second grade students.  The consortium is a partnership with Alexandria’s Faith community, the City, the community at large and Alexandria’s Public Elementary Schools.  For more information, visit their website at:

Proceeds will also benefit The Fund for Alexandria’s Child, a program for foster and at-risk children in Alexandria, which provides financial support when needed.  Each year, the Fund must raise between $65,000 - $ 75,000 through fundraising and private donations to help offset costs for bus fares and metro cards, school activities and field trips, sports dues, holiday gifts, camps, etc.  For more information, please visit their website at:  

Kids Helping Kids, Inc. was founded in 2002 by a group of about a dozen teens, ages, 13-17, who were inspired by the grassroots fundraising efforts of children following the events of 9/11.  The teens on the Kids Helping Kids committee are the backbone of the organization, recruit youth volunteers, spread awareness of the event and the charities, gather sponsors, find donors for supplies, and organize all the logistics for the event.

For more information on Lemonaide Day or Kids Helping Kids, Inc., visit or contact Tommy May at  at

Annual Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit

Alexandria, VA  - On May 6th, Billy Shore will address a breakfast meeting of more than 300 businesses and nonprofit leaders at Volunteer Alexandria’s 13th annual Business Philanthropy Summit.  Part of the Spring for Alexandria celebration of giving and service, Shore exemplifies the spirit of this three-day event in his everyday world where he not only leads a large international nonprofit that is working to end childhood hunger, but he also finds time to write convincing and popular books on business collaborations whose innovating ways are changing communities across America.

The Summit will begin at 7:30a.m. at the First Baptist Church located at 2932 King St., and will kick off an annual Community Service Day that will see hundreds of volunteers roll up their sleeves and spread out across Alexandria to work on community improvement projects.  Rebecca Cooper, of ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8, and host of Washington Business Report, will be the emcee of the Summit where the Business Philanthropist of the Year and the Nonprofit Leader of the Year will be awarded.

Shore is the founder and Executive Director of Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. He is also Chairman of Community Wealth Ventures®, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength that offers strategy and implementation services to foundations and nonprofit organizations, partnering with them to design and implement innovative approaches to growth and sustainability to promote social change. He is also considered an expert on social entrepreneurs.

For more information on Spring for Alexandria, go to
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