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Black Restaurant Group Has Fundraising Initiative to raise $200,000 to Support Juvenile Diabetes

The Black Restaurant Group has announced a fundraising initiative at all four of their popular neighborhood restaurants, Black Market Bistro, BlackSalt, Black’s Bar & Kitchen, and Addie’s. A series of fundraising events have been planned as well as other promotions such as happy hour offerings, drink and wine specials and featured menu items. All Black Restaurant Group restaurants will be donating 100% of the proceeds from their signature mussel dish, Addie’s Mussels to the support of juvenile diabetes.

This Sunday, October 24th from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Black Market Bistro will host "Pig Out for Diabetes".  Tickets for the event are $45 if purchased before the event, and $50 at the door.  Kids under 12 can attend for $20, under five eat free.

Montgomery Workers Get Word out on Ambulance Fee

The Gazette Reports that uniformed firefighters in Montgomery County, according to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), are allowed to distribute information during their shifts about ambulance fees — an issue that is the subject of a general election ballot question.

Leggett's viewpoint is backed by the county attorney and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), but is drawing criticism from at least one County Council member, who says it is inappropriate and a waste of taxpayers' money.

An attorney, representing a group opposed to the fees, says the action violates a state law that prohibits government employees from campaigning while on the job.

"This is highly inappropriate," said Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3), referring to Leggett's actions. "It's an abuse of taxpayer dollars, and I think the public would agree."

Montgomery County Schools Win Cash For Scholarships

 

ROCKVILLE, Md., (WUSA) -- Montgomery County Public Schools won a $250,00, second place prize in a national contest Tuesday.

 

The money will be used for college scholarships for graduates from the class of 2011.

"Being a finalist for the Broad Prize is a wonderful tribute to the progress that MCPS has made over the past 11 years to raise student performance and narrow the achievement gap," said Board of Education President Patricia O'Neill. "Our students are making tremendous strides thanks to the hard work of our teachers and staff, and the continued support of the community."

The Eli and Blythe Broad Foundation gave $1 million for the first place school district, Gwinnett County, Ga. schools.

 

Avon Foundation for Women Program Awards Montgomery County Sheriff's with $50,000 Grant

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a ($50,000) one-year grant to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at the Family Justice Center (FJC) for the creation and funding of the Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program to make an immediate, tangible difference for Domestic Violence survivors by providing them with guidance and assistance to create independent, violence-free lives. The Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program is the focus of the 2010 Avon Foundation for Women's annual awards program under the auspices of the Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative.  The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is among one of the 32 grant recipients selected from among close to 150 applicants nationwide.

One of Nation's Best, Montgomery County Public Schools Wins $250,000 in College Scholarships

   Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) was named one of the five best urban school districts in the nation Tuesday by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, earning $250,000 in college scholarships for graduates from the class of 2011.

   MCPS is the first district from Maryland or the Washington D.C. area to be selected as a finalist for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, which is the largest education award in the country.

   Out of the five school districts up for the award, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools was selected as the 2010 winner of the Broad Prize, earning $1 million in college scholarships.

Bloomingdale's 13th Annual' Love Where You Live' Charity Event

Bloomingdale’s will host Love Where You Live on Thursday, October 20 and 21, 2009 from 10am-10pm in its three area locations: Chevy Chase, Tysons Corner and White Flint.  Dedicated to supporting six of the Washington, D.C. area’s prominent non-profit organizations, this charity event features live entertainment, fashion events, culinary demonstrations, incredible discounts, and more, as well as focuses on giving back to the community.  This year’s charities include Autism Speaks, U.S. Dream Academy, National Capital Area of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Junior League of Washington, Family Support Center and Choral Arts Society.

DC's 'Top Nerds' Trade Computers for Catwalk


CHEVY CHASE, MD(WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Who says the smarty pants of Washington can't strut some style? The 'Geek 2 Chic' catwalk featured some of the capital region's top techies.Models like Microsoft's Mark Drapeau and iStrategy's Peter Corbett put their computers away and brought out the glam all for a great cause. Held at the Bloomingdale's in Chevy Chase, the show benefited the Heart of America Foundation.

PHOTOS: Geek to Chic 2010