Best Upcoming Summer Charity Events in Washington, D.C.

June 16, 2014 8:00 AM

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Few feelings are better than the satisfaction of giving to help someone else. After all, giving is better than receiving. Here are a few upcoming charity events where you can give to your heart’s content.

Bike To The Beach DC
U.S. Capitol
1st St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20004

Date: Aug. 1, 2014

This 100-mile charity cycling event travels from D.C. to Delaware’s Dewey Beach in order to raise awareness and funding for Autism, as well as educate the community about the benefits of cycling. But just because it’s a 100-mile ride doesn’t mean you have to be a pro cyclist to participate. Leisure and beginning cyclists can complete the ride which is fully supported with rest stops spaced 15 miles apart, support and gear vehicles, bike mechanics, all needed road markings, as well as all of the food and water needed to make the journey. The cycle route travels from the U.S. Capitol, to Annapolis, through Eastern, Maryland and the Delaware shore to reach Dewey Beach where finish line festivities will ensue. Riders are encouraged to enjoy a weekend in Dewey Beach to partake of the event’s annual Saturday Crab Feast which celebrates the ride, the cause and the community.

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Pep Rally Under The Stars Gala
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(202) 656-8861

Date: June 20, 2014 at 7 p.m.

With the goal to raise money for Generation Hope, the Pep Rally Under The Stars Gala is an elegant black tie-optional fundraising event that celebrates the organization’s Scholar Program and the young mothers which it helps go to college. The night’s keynote speaker will be Sarah Jakes, author, businesswoman and daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes. Each year, more than 200 influential guests attend the affair including leaders from the worlds of politics, education, entertainment, media and business.

Relay For Life Of Manassas

Stonewall Jackson High School
8820 Rixlew Lane
Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 937-1909

Date: June 20-21, 2014 at 2 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Relay For Life is an event where the community can come together to honor cancer survivors and those who were lost. It’s also an opportunity for participants to help increase awareness and education about ways to reduce cancer risks, and to raise funds to help the American Cancer Society continue to fight the disease. In the relay, participants take turns walking or running around a track at a local high school or park. They camp overnight because the goal of the relay is to have someone on the track at all times for 24 hours – because cancer never sleeps. Opening ceremonies of the event include a high-energy kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled the disease. The first lap around the track—the Survivor’s Lap—will be completed by cancer survivors with the accompaniment of triumphant, up-beat music. Closing ceremonies will reflect upon the lives of those who lost the fight, and celebrate and reaffirm a commitment to continue to fight the disease throughout the year.

Run For Hope 5K
USATF Certified Tuckohoe 5K Course
6550 N. 26th St.
Arlington, VA 22213

Date: Aug. 23, 2014 at 8 a.m.

Founded in 2012, the Hope Association is a non-profit whose mission is to touch the lives of the DC-area community by extending its reach beyond church walls. The 5K run will benefit the Pediatrics Specialists of Virginia whose focus is the treatment of children with cancer and blood disorders. Funds raised from the event will enable supportive care and further research. Pre-registered runners will receive a Run For HOPE 5K Nike Dri-Fit short-sleeve T-shirt, and awards will be conferred for the top three overall male and female finishers. To donate, click here.

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Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Visit his website at

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