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Local Nonprofit Hosting Kentucky Derby Benefit

PRS Inc. will host their 19th Annual Kentucky Derby Benefit on Saturday. This year, state First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe is serving as the benefit’s honorary chair.

“We are honored to have Mrs. McAuliffe as our Honorary Chair for our 2014 Kentucky Derby Benefit,” said PRS President and CEO, Wendy Gradison, in a press release. “She understands PRS’ important role in helping local community members in need live independently, maintain housing, remain in the community and out of the psychiatric hospital, and engage in community activities.”

Tickets to the event are $150 each and support PRS’s mission for service to “providing skills training and support to enable adults in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia living with mental illness, substance use disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or any combination of these to achieve wellness, recovery, and community integration.”

“Guests are encouraged to wear their most stylish hat for the best hat contest, another staple event feature,” it is stated in the press release.

For more information, visit http://www.prsinc.org/derby/kdbdetails, or contact Jamie Weiskopf at (703) 531-6351.

— Reena Singh

McLean Trees Foundation Sponsors Work Day at Lewinsville Park

The McLean Trees Foundation (MTF) is sponsoring a workday at Lewinsville Park in McLean on Sunday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help edge, mulch, and prune thirty trees along Chain Bridge Road. Native trees will also be planted. Volunteers should meet at the entrance to the park on Chain Bridge Road and bring tools, gloves, and wear appropriate footwear. No experience in caring for trees is necessary to participate. To volunteer, please R.S.V.P. to Joyce Harris, Chairman, at volunteer@McLeanTreesFoundation.org or call 703-216-5605 for more information.

SEC Chair to Speak at McLean Area AAUW Dinner

McLean Area AAUW Annual May 6 dinner will feature Mary Jo White, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Mary Jo White, is the 31st and current chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency charged with protecting investors from crimes such as illegal stock trading, accounting fraud, and unscrupulous financial advising.

The public is welcome. Make your reservations now for Branch’s annual celebration dinner, this year to be held on Tuesday, May 6 at the River Bend Country Club, 375 Walker Road, Great Falls. Plan to gather at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:15 p.m. Send your check for $42 per person (cash bar) by April 25 made payable to AAUW McLean Area Branch to Aroona S. Borpujari, 1225 Meyer Ct., McLean, VA 22101 and indicate your main course choice of chicken, mahi mahi or mushroom vegetarian lasagna. More details are in the McLean Area Branch Newsletter http://mclean-va.aauw.net/files/2013/06/Apr14.pdf

Born in Kansas City, MO and raised in McLean, White moved on to the College of William and Mary, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She later studied law at Columbia University, eventually becoming U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the only woman to have ever held that post. Known as a tough prosecutor who successfully took on the likes of mobster John Gotti and the terrorists responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, White is the first former Prosecutor to head the SEC.

McLean Youth Soccer Fundraiser, May 8

McLean Youth Soccer Scholarship Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 8, at Pulcinella - The Italian Host Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive in McLean.

Support McLean Youth Soccer’s Scholarship Fund by dining in or ordering take out from Pulcinella Italian Host Restaurant on Thursday, May 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. 6852 Old Dominion Dr., McLean. For takeout or reservations for large groups, call 703-893-7777.

When you present the flyer posted on the MYS website, 20 prcent of the proceeds from your dinner will be donated to the MYS Scholarship Program. http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0054/9101/Pulcinella_Flyer.pdf

Also available for take-out orders - Mention "MYS Fundraiser" and bring the flyer when you pick up your order. MYS welcomes players from McLean and the surrounding communities to participate in any of our programs for players 4 years and older. Please visit the club’s website for more information: www.mcleansoccer.org

Fundraiser to Support SHARE, Inc. on May 13

A fundraiser for SHARE, Inc. has been announced by HBC Realty Group’s (Keller Williams Realty) Community Charity Champions. Come to dinner on Tuesday, May 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean to support SHARE, Inc. Enjoy dinner and know that approximately 70 percent of the proceeds from food and drink will go to the charity, as long as the diner brings the flyer for the event. Contact HBC Realty Group at 703-734-0192 or visit www.HBCRealtyGroup.com to receive a flyer.

SHARE, Inc. is a non-profit, nonsectarian, all-volunteer community relief organization helping people in need in McLean, Great Falls and Pimmit Hills area for over 45 years. They provide essential assistance through their food pantry, where people and families in need throughout the community can go for assistance with groceries. SHARE also provides emergency financial assistance, used furniture pick-up and delivery, distributes grocery gift cards at Thanksgiving and the holidays, holiday gifts, school supplies and rides to medical appointments.

Sponsors of the event are: Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy with the HBC Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty, The Simmons Team of George Mason Mortgage LLC, Betty

Sparkman and Chris Lara of Reveal Remodel, Kevin Dougherty of Pillar to Post Home Inspections, Marcus Simon with EKKO Title, Moe Jebali of Pulcinella Italian Host, and One to

One Fitness Centers.

Pizza for Charities at McLean Day

McLean Rotary will be the only pizza vendor at McLean Day--offering delicious Domino’s pizza, in addition to its regular, popular hotdogs and drinks. McLean Rotary Club members have manned a hotdog booth at McLean Day since 1975. The booth was originally established in memory of recently deceased Rotarian Fred Earle, who was also known fondly in the community as The Mayor. The McLean Rotary Club subsequently established the McLean Day food and drink stand for fundraising and club fellowship. At its current location next to the rear entrance to Lewinsville Park, the Rotary booth is convenient to other food vendors and children’s rides.

McLean Rotary has supported the community with fundraising and fun for nearly 40 years. The club established the annual McLean Chocolate Festival in 2012 and participates in a fall Monte Carlo evening to also raise funds for the community. The McLean Rotary Club meets for lunch on Tuesdays at noon in downtown McLean. Please go to www.mcleanrotary.org for details.