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AROUND TOWN/Tis the Season of the Spring Gala

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Apr 13,2011
Filed Under News , Community, Entertainment , Local Style,
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Courtesy Photo<br />Alexandria Chamber of Commere President Tina Leone at last year’s ACT Gala.
Courtesy Photo
Alexandria Chamber of Commere President Tina Leone at last year's ACT Gala.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Spring is here – and so are Spring Galas.
 
Used by many local organizations as one of their annual fundraising events, several galas have already been held.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Mayor Euille and friends at last year's ACT Gala.
Courtesy Photo
Mayor Euille and friends at last year's ACT Gala.

United Community Ministries (UCM) held their Spring Gala: April in Paris earlier this month. The evening featured great food, entertainment and fun and benefited the programs and services of UCM.
 
Guests enjoyed bidding on raffles for baskets filled with exciting treasures. They also enjoyed a gourmet formal dinner, danced to some lively dance music and then bid on wonderful live auction items.

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services held their gala on Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria. A Night on the Town Gala featured cocktails, dinner, and auction and dancing to the tunes of Reverie Jazz.

Cocktails and the silent auction were followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing
The African Safari for two was a huge hit. Over auction items, such as spa and restaurant gift certificates, a chocolate gift basket, jewelry, vacation homes, catered dinners and artwork were also popular.
 
There are still many more events scheduled for April and May, so there is plenty of time to get reservations, purchase that special outfit and bid on some fantastic prizes.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Last year's ACT Gala.
Courtesy Photo
Last year's ACT Gala.

Generations of Giving Gala
 
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.  

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 gala is the kick-off event for Spring for Alexandria, the fourth annual celebration of giving and service in the city. 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 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.  Round up some of your colleagues and business associates to help paint up, clean up, fix up, and boost up sites in Alexandria. Create your own team and go for it.

Courtesy Photo <br /> <br />Last year's ACT Gala.
Courtesy Photo
Last year's ACT Gala.

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 Lemonade stands will also be set up at the site and around the city with proceeds going to two predetermined charities in town.

Gala will be held at Episcopal High School, 1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22304.  For tickets and information, visit www.springforalexandria.org, or email info@springforalexandria.org.

Gala de Mayo
 
New Hope Housing’s annual spring night of fun will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Waterford in Springfield. Join them for dancing, dining and auctions – this year with a Latin flair.

One of their most exciting live auction items is a walk-on role on the hit TV series Raising Hope. Executive producer Greg Garcia is donating the item.

An Arlington native who graduated from Yorktown High School, Garcia is creator and executive producer of the hit FOX television series Raising Hope. Highly successful in the television industry, Garcia has maintained ties to his home community. Along with the walk-on spot, clothes from the show’s child actors are being donated as well.  

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services Board President Cheryl Ellsworth visits with Mt. Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland.
Courtesy Photo
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
Board President Cheryl Ellsworth visits with
Mt. Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland.

“I’m happy to provide this support," Garcia said. "I know New Hope Housing does important work, and I’m pleased to be able to help them and to help people in the community where I grew up. I wish them great success with this year’s gala.”

Garcia has been a great friend of New Hope Housing for several years. His earlier network shows included the Emmy Award-winning My Name Is Earl and Camden County.
 
In 2008, a team of cast members from the My Name is Earl Show competed on Celebrity Family Feud and won $25,000 that Garcia donated to New Hope Housing.

“All of us at New Hope Housing really appreciate Greg’s support and his interest in helping us,” said Pamela Michell, New Hope Housing’s executive director.  “He is a talented and generous friend.  I’ve know Greg’s mom, Natalie, a local realtor, for several years, and we look forward to having her and her friends with us for the Gala as well.”

Proceeds will benefit New Hope Housing’s programs bringing hope and hospitality to hundreds of homeless families and individuals each year.

For information on this year’s Gala, including the Raising Hope walk-on auction opportunity, visit www.newhopehousing.org, or call 703-799-2293.

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
 

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Auctioneer and supporter John Murray open the bidding on a Fairfax County fire engine ride during Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services A Night on the Town Gala.
Courtesy Photo
Auctioneer and supporter John Murray
open the bidding on a Fairfax County fire
engine ride during Good Shepherd Housing
and Family Services A Night on the
Town Gala.

This annual event benefits Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., an organization manages the Arlandria Health Center to provide accessible, coordinated, community-based primary health care, including behavioral health and oral health, to people in Alexandria and surrounding communities.

Event will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota, 3750 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria, Virginia. Join them for food, wine and beer, music, great company and a great silent auction.

Once again, a one-week vacation at a two-bedroom private villa in Santorini, Greece overlooking the Aegean Sea will be the featured item in this year’s auction. There are also plenty of great opportunities to bid on places to go that are closer to home.

Cost is $65 per person. If interested in sponsoring and/or donating to this event, e-mail cincodemayoalex@aol.com or call 703-360-438.

Catch Them Young
 
On Saturday, May 14,  Catch Them Young, Inc. will hold a fundraiser at The Westin National Harbor, 171 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun, dinner, dancing to DJ, guest speakers and lots of fun.

The event will benefit the organization that is committed to making a difference in the lives of our youth. Catch Them Young, Inc. trains youth in a spirit of excellence in a society where anything goes. They equip them to effectively overcome the challenges that they must overcome to live productive lives.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Guests are engaged in conversation during Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services A Night on the Town Gala.
Courtesy Photo
Guests are engaged in conversation during
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
A Night on the Town Gala.

Donation of $55 is required. For more information, visit http://www.catchthemyoung.org or call 240-988-8625.


Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Former Delegate and current GSH Board member Kristen Amundson chats with fellow attendees during Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services A Night on the Town Gala.
Courtesy Photo
Former Delegate and current GSH Board member
Kristen Amundson chats with fellow attendees
during Good Shepherd Housing and Family
Services A Night on the Town Gala.


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