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Great Stories for a Great Cause

Better Said Than Done, a community of professional storytellers based in Northern Virginia, hosted a night of storytelling for a cause. In "Our Bodies, Our Selves," storytellers shared personal tales of tattoos, dealing with Alzheimers, marathon running and other crazy things we do and have done with our bodies. The event was a fundraiser for Friends of Reston.

Katie Shaw, from Friends of Reston, said "This was the third storytelling event hosted by Friends of Reston and Better Said Than Done at Nature House, and the best attended. We look forward to a fourth! The storytellers represent the diverse community that the Reston area is home to. With their broad range of experiences, their stories connect with different segments of the audience in meaningful ways, evoking everything from laughter to tears, fond remembrances and eye opening revelations. This event was a great kickstart to the summer fundraising season. The nearly $1,000 raised will be used to send Reston children from low income families to Reston Association Camps."

Despite living in one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S., childhood poverty rates are actually increasing in Fairfax County. Twenty-eight percent of all children attending Reston's eight elementary schools qualify for free and reduced-priced meals, a nationally recognized benchmark for poverty.

If you’d like to contribute to the Friends of Reston’s Camp Scholarship fund, please send your check to ATTN: Katie Shaw, Friends of Reston, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191 and write "Camp Scholarship" in the memo section.

Better Said Than Done’s next show is bringing the fireworks. Join storytellers for "Independence Day - stories of freedom, declarations, and fireworks!" on Saturday, June 30 at Epicure Café, 11213 Lee Highway, Fairfax at 6 p.m. $10 tickets at door.

The performance will feature entertaining performances of true, explosive stories. Storytellers include: Geraldine Buckley, Lisa Kays, Jessica Piscitelli, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Adam Ruben, Ellouise Schoettler, John Tong and Michael Zhuang.

A full dinner menu and full bar are available during the show. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show is intended for an adult audience.

For additional information or to see videos of past shows, visit www.bettersaidthandone.com.