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)