One Home, Many Hopes annual reception

Editorial credit: Caroline Coppel

The DC chapter of One Home, Many Hopes celebrated its Kenya director’s U.S. visit last Thursday, hosting “Small Things with Great Love: An Evening with Anthony Mulongo” in his honor. The reception and presentation highlighted the mission of the humanitarian group, which rescues, houses and educates abandoned children in Kenya.

 

The DC chapter has grown rapidly over the past year, as this event clearly showed. It was held in a sleek downtown office building near Judiciary Square, and featured an open bar, hors d’ oeuvres and a drawing to win a $50 certificate to Founding Farmers.

 

That’s not to say that the evening was focused on self-indulgent partying, far from it. Throughout his presentation, Mulongo emphasized the need for people to think of others and give what they can to improve the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.

 

“Here’s what’s happening everywhere: need,” he said, when asked about what he saw in his day-to-day operations for OHMH. “Even in the U.S., there is need.”

 

Mulongo left his job as a journalist to combat the grinding poverty he saw around him in Kenya; he founded OHMH in 2007.  The group works with children in order to break the cycle of desperation and destitution into which they are born. By providing them with a home and education, OHMH hopes to raise a generation of intelligent, passionate individuals who will pass on the opportunities given to them.

 

As an example of the group’s success, Mulongo told the story of Gift, one of the girls OHMH has rescued. Gift’s mother died when she was four; left to take care of her infant brother, she began begging in the streets. Mulongo heard about the girl and organized a group of people to find her. She is now a teenager soon to graduate high school; she hopes to become a doctor.

 

Mulongo discussed current projects as well. The group recently opened a girls’ home, which houses 60 on four floors. It is also building a school, and is working with local courts to prevent what Mulongo called “child criminalization for being poor.”

 

“We are giving these children an identity, so that they cannot be arrested and imprisoned over and over again,” he said.

 

Additionally, OHMH is working on expanding its donor base while simultaneously developing other streams of income. Besides DC, there are now chapters in San Francisco, New York City, Boston, London and Belfast; Mulongo said that they recently started a fish farm, which they would sell to local businesses in Kenya.

 

Yet, Mulongo believes the one element essential to OHMH’s sustainability is patience.

 

“Programs like this usually run for one or two years,” he said. “We need to give them time to focus on the new generation.”

 

There should be some local OHMH events in the next few months; visit http://www.onehomemanyhopes.org/ for details.

 

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Announcing YPFP's Affairs of State Concert & Fundraiser!

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is excited to announce the4th Annual Affairs of State Concert & Fundraiser, to be held onFriday, June 3, 2011, at the City Tavern Club in Georgetown! Tickets cover admission to the event of the summer, three hour open bar, special treats, a concert by U.S. Royalty, DJs, and admission to our after party at George.

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We look forward to seeing you in your finest cocktail attire on June 3rd for partying at the City Tavern Club!

Washington Animal Rescue League's Rescue Me! Gala

Everytime I’m in Union Station, I’m basically miserable. There are a million crazy people asking for money and tourists walking into you and random bag checks and trains and buses and Circulators and everything is overwhelming. Last Saturday night was no less overwhelming, but not for the clueless Metro riders. The central station was inundated with puppies for Washington Animal Rescue League’s annual Rescue Me! Gala, which features people and pets in black tie enjoying the huge ballroom of Union Station.

In keeping with the animal-friendly theme, vegetarian and vegan food was served, while cocktails were poured at one of several bars stationed alongside the room. Delicious doggie treats that looked like people food were passed around as well, keeping the pooches happy. Adorable animals for adoption were also guests at the event, and attendees were encouraged to take home a four-legged friend from the Washington Animal Rescue League.

The Washington Animal Rescue League’s Rescue Me Gala Supports Disaster Rescue for Animals

Animal Lovers and Their Dogs Gather at Union Station on Saturday, April 30

Washington, DC – On Saturday, April 30, The Washington Animal Rescue League will host its largest fundraising event of the year with an elegant reception and silent auction at historic Union Station.  Jim Handly of NBC4 News will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Eleanor Clift, J.C. Hayward, and other prominent animal-lovers will also be attending.

“The Gala really is a highlight of the year for us and everyone in the area who cares about animals,” says League CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman, who is also the weekly pet expert on WAMU’s “Animal House.”. “Not only is it an opportunity for the League’s growing community of supporters to celebrate the amazing work that goes on all year, but it also raises much-needed resources for our Disaster Rescue Fund, which we use to rescue animals from large-scale cruelty cases and natural disasters and bring them to the League for rehabilitation and placement in loving, forever homes.”

In 2010, the League rescued large numbers of animals from a hoarding situation in Mississippi, a dogfighting ring in Ohio, an abusive North Carolina medical research lab, a fire at an animal shelter in Kuwait, and many other dire situations. And this year looks to be even busier, according to Weitzman. “We’ve already taken in animals from hoarding situations in Ohio and West Virginia, and it’s only April,” he says.

The silent auction includes Washington Nationals Base Hit Experience Package with baseline reserve tickets and on-field passes to batting practice, hotel stays across the country, and dinner with Orioles players Matt Wieters & Brian Roberts, and much more.

Details:            Rescue Me Gala 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Union Station’s East Hall

50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

More information is at http://www.warl.org/Gala

The Washington Animal Rescue League is a non-profit organization with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals who have nowhere else to go and strengthen and preserve the human-animal bond by supporting animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.  A recent $4 million renovation made the shelter one of the world’s most humane, animal-friendly facilities for dogs and cats in transition.  Since 1996, the League has also operated a full-service, low-cost Medical Center for the companion animals of low-income area residents and shelter animals.  Its unique Project Rescue provides an array of services that help people struggling in difficult economic times to care for and keep their animals. For more information, visit www.warl.org.

Modus Union Spring Uniting Members of Congress, Philanthropic Community and Fashion Industry for One Night

 

Featuring the Fall 2011 Collection by Acclaimed Designer Marc Bouwer;

Benefitting Fran Drescher’s Charity Cancer Schmancer


Washington, DC — Members of Congress, local athletes, philanthropists and the fashion industry are assembling for DC’s Modus Union Spring 2011 – a unique event supporting prevention and early detection of cancer in women.

 

Modus Union Spring 2011 features a full runway show by acclaimed fashion designer Marc Bouwer (www.MarcBouwer.com), a 3-D film presentation previewing Bouwer’s Fall 2011 line, and an art installation and silent auction featuring some of the most talented visual artists in DC. The proceeds from this one-of-a-kind gathering will benefit Cancer Schmancer (www.CancerSchmancer.org), an organization founded by actress Fran Drescher to prevent cancer in women through education and early detection.

 

WHAT: Modus Union Spring 2011

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

6:30 – Red Carpet Entry & Cocktail Hour

8:00 – Remarks by members of Congress

8:30 – 3-D Film & Runway Show

WHO:            Marc Bouwer, Fashion Designer;

Fran Drescher, Actress & Cancer Schmancer Founder; and

Mary Amons, Philanthropist & Real Housewives of DC Cast Member.

WHERE: The Historic Lumber Shed Plaza at the Yards Park

1 block south from the intersection of N Street SE & 3rd Street SE

(3 blocks from Navy Yard Metro, New Jersey Ave. exit)

 

Tickets on sale today, ranging from $75 to $250. Media admitted for free with RSVP. To secure a press pass, please contact Chris Cassidy at (415) 374-0400 or Cassidy@LabelsForLove.org.

 

Labels for Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that stages fashionable events to raise funds and public awareness for women’s and children’s organizations. Labels for Love was founded by Mary Amons, prominent DC philanthropist and former cast member of the Real Housewives of DC. For more information, go to www.LabelsForLove.org.

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