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This year, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce joins other businesses around the country as a sponsor of the Marines Toys for Tots Program. Toys For Tots is an non-profit organization run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to needy children during the winter holiday season.

Through Dec. 17, support the effort by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at Chamber headquarters, 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350 or by making out a financial contribution to the Toys for Tots Foundation and mailing it to the Chamber’s office. All toys and monetary donations will be provided to children in the region. For more information on the Chamber’s involvement, visit www.fccc.org or contact Jason Flanary at jflanary@fccc.org.

Qorvis Communications, with offices in Tysons Corner and Washington D.C., has acquired the Leesburg-based advertising company, Sparky’s Garage. Sparky’s has done ad work for many Virginia based companies and organizations, including Visit Fairfax and the Northern Virginia Visitors Consortium.

The new Qorvis advertising team includes:

Bill Replogle joins Qorvis as managing director. His areas of expertise include branding, concept, copy, creative direction, branded entertainment and venture development. He started Sparky’s Garage five years ago after a brief stint at the Internet venture Admine.com that he co-founded. Prior to that he was president & creative director of Rainmaker.

Ingrid Vax joins as a director and will focus on client services. At Sparky’s she supervised account management functions and operations. Before Sparky’s, she worked at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, where she managed a $36 million national advertising program for the pharmaceutical industry. She also worked for Volvo Cars of North America, managing regional brand marketing, retailer programs, and product launches.

John Pfeifer joins as a director and will focus on creative design and development. Pfeifer recently won a national ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation for his packaging designs for Doc Harry’s Hot Sauces.

Jamie Lynch joins as a senior associate and will be responsible for production and media management. At Sparky’s she managed and coordinated production for all client work. She also planned and bought a large majority of the agency’s print and broadcast media, utilizing skills she picked up at Rockey & Rockwell, a local media buying service.

The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce offers the following upcoming events:

v Lunch and Lead Tip Group. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. RSVP to Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806. Dutch.

v Executive Lunch Club. Every Friday from 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. RSVP to Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806. Dutch.