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DC Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show Benefitting Families in Need

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington 67th Annual Fashion Show, Luncheon and Auction is this Friday, October 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner beginning with a silent auction and reception at 10:00AM and a program at 12:00PM. The all-volunteer group of women have raised well over $600,000 in proceeds over the past six years to help young homeless mothers and their children at The Salvation Army’s local transitional housing center, and send kids the Camp Happyland each summer.

The Women’s Auxiliary of Washington’s 67th Annual Fashion Show, Luncheon and Auction brings Washington society together with a common cause of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

This year, 600 women and men from across the DC Metro area are expected to be in attendance for the Women’s Auxiliary main annual fundraising event. Upscale retailer Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons will provide this year’s runway show featuring styles from their private label, The Saks Fifth Avenue Collection.

Proceeds from the Women’s Auxiliary of Washington’s annual signature fundraising event will support the Turning Point Center for Women and Children, a transitional housing program open to women between ages 18 to 28. Turning Point helps previously homeless mothers and their families by providing them a safe place to live, independent living skills classes, ongoing case management, and much-needed guidance as they work toward the goal of independent living.

The proceeds will also help to send local kids to The Salvation Army’s Camp Happyland, a 220-acre residential camp located 90 minutes from the nation’s capital in rural Virginia. Camp Happyland is a haven away from the inner city that allows teens to enjoy nature, sports, and recreational activities while developing new skills, make new friends, and create memories that last a lifetime.

DC Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show

A Homerun with the Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals hosted the first Salvation Army Day at the Nats on July 6. It was a time to celebrated The Salvation Army’s work with youth around the region. Approximately, 500 donors, volunteers, staff, and children attended the game between the Nationals and the Brewers. Washington beat Milwaukee 7 to 4.

Children, teens, and staff from Camp Happyland traveled to the stadium, which is located along the Anacostia Riverfront, to enjoy a great afternoon of baseball. For many of the children, this was the first time attending a major league baseball game. Young musicians from enrolled at the James Anderson  Summer Music Conservatory at Camp Happyland performed a pre-game concert on the main plaza and played the national anthem just before the game began. Ten lucky DC children were “anthem buddies” and stood next to a Nats player.

The Nationals presented the Spirit Award to The Salvation Army and our new Area Commanders Majors James “Chip” and Leisa Hall and Advisory Board Chairman Tim Osburne accepted the award. Major James Hall also took part in the line-up card ceremony.

The children of Captains Janice and Karl Dahlin held the finish line tape during the President’s Race, which took place before the start of the 4th inning. President Taft won.

A portion of each ticket sold through a special link will be donated to The Salvation Army to help a child to attend Camp Happyland. Donations to The Salvation Army helps hundreds of kids all year round.

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and his wife Erika made a generous $10,000 donation to The Salvation Army last Christmas following a break-in at our DC Angel Tree warehouse.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the Washington Nationals for a great day at Nationals Park!

Pictures from the day can be found on our Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/salarmynca.