Fun… For a Cause – Local Events Worth Checking Out

If you haven’t noticed by now, I love promoting events that are for a good cause.  Here are just a few going on in our area over the next few weeks:

Costume Halloween Party and Fundraiser October 31

What:  Haunted Halloween Costume Party and Fundraiser featuring a live musician, karaoke, prize raffles, costume contests and more.  This event is for all ages. There will be candy throughout the house, and the neighborhood for trick or treating!  There will also be food and drinks for snacking.

Guests must pay at least a $10 donation to support The American Cancer Society-Relay For Life.  Entry Donations for children are not mandatory, but encouraged.  Additional donations qualify you for other contests and raffles!!

When: October 31, 7pm – midnight.

Where: Ponds of Clifton Clubhouse, 13671 Orchard Drive, Clifton, VA

Additional Notes:  Raffles for this weekends party! Outback Steakhouse Basket: Gift Certificate for up to $45, free blooming onions coupons, and more… Glory Days Basket: $40 Gift Certificates, free ice cream, and wingless chicken wings… Mary Kay Basket: Filled with new and oldie but goodie products, AND gift certificates also! Pampering Gift Basket: Life coaching gift certificate worth $150, candle, body products and more…

Bring your $1 bills for tickets!! Tickets are $2 each or 5 for $5! The more you purchase, the greater your odds! All supporting the American Cancer Society!

Team Website for Online donations:


Shelter House Help the Homeless Mini-Walk (note date change) November 1

What:  Mile long walk, helps raise funds for Shelter House, Inc.

When: November 1, registration opens at 12:15, walk begins at 12:45  (You can register ahead of time using this form.)

Where: Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 East Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

Hosted by:  Falls Church Presbyterian Church and The Falls Church (Episcopal)

Additional notes:  Shelter House is also partnering with Applebee’s – Falls Church. When guests present the Applebee’s Flyer on November 1st, twenty percent of their food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will be  contributed to Shelter House. Dining flyers and the walker registration form are attached to provide additional information.

Shelter House is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness here in Fairfax County by providing families with crisis intervention, temporary housing, training, counseling, and programs to promote self-sufficiency. One of the programs operated by Shelter House is the Patrick Henry Family Shelter in Falls Church.  This facility is designated as Fairfax County’s shelter for large families of five or more members. With seven apartments, the Patrick Henry Family Shelter serves about forty residents everyday – nearly two-thirds of whom are children.  In addition to the Patrick Henry Family Shelter, Shelter House also operates the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, three transitional housing programs, an After Hours Homeless Family Crisis Center, and Shelter House was recently awarded the contract to operate Artemis House, Fairfax County’s domestic violence shelter.

If you plan to attend the Shelter House Mini-Walk or should you have any questions, please contact Kristen Lenz via email or at 703-536-5383.


Holiday Shopping Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society – online or November 8, 2-6 pm

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  There are two ways to participate — you can either go in person to shop from the vendors, or you can shop online (gosh, doing going before you even change out of your PJs…)

What:  Shopping fundraiser, benefits the American Cancer Society

When: online anytime, or in person Sunday, November 8, 2-6pm

Where: Go to to shop online and/or to get added to the evite for the November 8 event (that’s how you get the address for the location)

Katherine Hanley Family Shelter Mini-Walk September 12

Whether by yourself or with your family, come enjoy a fun day, a lovely walk and that incredible feeling when you’ve done something for a good reason — come out to the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter Mini-Walk Open House Saturday, September 12. 

The walk is truly mini — approximately 1.4 miles of stroller- and wheelchair-friendly terrain.  But the registration fees go to Shelter House, the organization that runs the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter (KHFS) and your presence helps count towards the tally for the Fannie Mae Walk to End Homelessness — Shelter House will receive a donation from Fannie Mae based on the number of walkers they get from the combined tally of walkers at each of their mini-walks.  So you help twice just by registering.

In addition to the walk, the shelter will open its doors so you can view Fairfax County’s newest shelter, and the first homeless shelter in the country to win a Green Globes rating for its sound energy and environmental design practices.  This shelter looks nothing like how most people imagine shelters — nestled in a residential neighborhood, most people driving on Lee Highway aren’t even aware of its presence.  The Open House gives members of the community a chance to come learn more about the shelter via a scavenger hunt through the shelter, as well as just hanging out for some old-fashioned fun with a moon bounce, a magician, and more!


  • Saturday, September 12, 2009
    • 8:30 – Registration
    • 9:00 – Walk Begins
    • 9:30 – 12:00 – Open House!
  • Registration information:
    • Register by Thursday, September 3rd to receive your Help-the-Homeless Walkathon t-shirt!
    • On-site registration is available, but t-shirt will not be available day of registration
    • Registration is $15 for youth (25 and under) and $25 for adults!  All of registration fee goes to Shelter House and is tax-deductible.
    • Registration form is available at the Shelter House web site.
  • Katherine Hanley Family Shelter is located at: 13000 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia
  • For more information, contact Kristen Lenz, Development Coordinator at 703.536.5383 or

    kristen.lenz @  (remove spaces)

The Katherine Hanley Family Shelter is one of three housing programs run by Shelter House.  There will be additional mini-walks hosted by partners, including:

– Falls Church Presbyterian Sunday, October 25

– John Calvin Presbyterian, Sunday, November 1

More will be posted on the Shelter House web site as dates are finalized.

Note, I am affiliated with the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter as I am on their Community Advisory Board.

Shopping and Knitting For A Good Cause

lefeelgood2Your thermometer may be reading in the 80s and 90s but Fall will soon be upon us and you’ll be slipping on a nice, cozy, sweater.  Wouldn’t it be great to get a warm, fuzzy feeling on the inside as well?  The kind of feeling that comes from knowing you did something really terrific?

Lands’ End is launching the FeelGood campaign in September — for every FeelGood sweater purchased, they will donate signature FeelGood yarn to One Heart Foundation’s Warming Families nationwide knitting charity.  These volunteers will knit hats for homeless people across the country — Lands’ End is projecting donating thousands of pounds of yarn with volunteers making possibly 25,000 hats between September 1 and December.

You can learn more about the campaign at  Want to help knit?  Be sure to visit the Warming Families site.


Disclosure:  I received, as did other attendees, a FeelGood sweater from LandsEnd by attending a cocktail party while at BlogHer.

Yarn heart image is part of Lands’ End FeelGood campaign.