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Home For The Holidays Reception

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at the Home for the Holidays Reception! This year’s event was a night to remember. We were honored to see special guests Congressman-elect Donald S. Beyer, Jr., Arlington County Board Members Libby Garvey and John Vihstadt, Arlington County Housing Commission Chair Holly Bray, WMATA Assistant General Manager for Access Services Christian Kent, Yoshiko Dart, and President & CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Kate Roche. We would especially like to thank all of our sponsors and donors for ensuring that the Holiday Reception was a no-cost event for the community:


P.F. Chang’s Arlington, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Washington Wine Academy, Coca Cola Alexandria Sales Center, BJ’s Wholesale Club

Live musical performances by Manko Eponymous and Diana Urquiza


John Andelin and Ginger Geoffrey, Soula Antoniou, Annabel Bendz, Helena Berger, Ann Bisson, Holly Bray, Jim Brooker, David Burds, Maurice Coderre, Yoshiko Dart, Speed Davis, Deborah Fisher, Maya Flores, Michael Gekas, Marcie Goldstein, Theodore Hafner, Natalie Haslage, Bryna Helfer, Monica and Richard Hoffman, Justin King, Elizabeth Leef, Lenore Levin, Madonna Long, Lori Lovejoy, Helen and Gerald Mavroidis, Vartouhi Mehrabian and James Anderson, Maggie and Brad Mellor, John Menocal, Abbie Moore, James Murphy Jr., Wanita Niehaus, Olakonle Olaniyan, Lee Page, Maggie and Larry Roffee, Lewis Roth, Annette Saylor, James Scampavia and Cheryl Takemoto, Carolyn  Sowdon, Jon and Yvonne Strother, Brewster Thackeray, Steve Yaffe, Kelly Yeh, Tony Young and Kathleen Cameron

Door prizes generously donated by:

Fireworks Pizza Courthouse, Roof Top Restaurant, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Velocity Five Restaurant, IHOP Restaurant, Perfect Pita, Instyle Barbershop (Courthouse), Starbucks, Five Guys, 9Round Fitness & Kickboxing, Delhi Dhaba

Congressman-elect Don Beyer

Congressman-elect Don Beyer with ECNV Board Members Marcie Goldstein, Helena Berger, and Soula Antoniou and staff members Doris Ray and Brewster Thackeray

Congressman-elect Don Beyer

Congressman-elect Don Beyer

Yoshiko Dart and Ruchika Lalwani

Yoshiko Dart with ECNV staff member Ruchika Lalwani

ECNV Board Members

ECNV Board Members and guests

David Burd and guests

Former ECNV Executive Director David Burds with guests

Dara Baldwin, Ollie Cantos, and Helena Berger

Dara Baldwin, Ollie Cantos, and Helena Berger

Brewster Thackeray and Doug Zak

ECNV Executive Director Brewster Thackeray presenting a certificate to volunteer Doug Zak

Kelly Buckland

NCIL Executive Director Kelly Buckland

Ruchika Lalwani, Soula Antoniou, Elizabeth Leef

Ruchika Lalwani, Soula Antoniou, Elizabeth Leef

Steve Yaffe and Bryna Helfer

Steve Yaffe and Bryna Helfer

Marcie Goldstein and Elizabeth Leef

ECNV Board Chair Marcie Goldstein and Elizabeth Leef with guests

Madonna Long, Dara Baldwin, Heather Ansley

Madonna Long, Dara Baldwin, Heather Ansley

ECNV staff and guests

Cynthia Evans and Bill Ward with guests


Holiday party guests

Holiday reception full room

Holiday Reception at NRECA


Holiday party guests


Andrew Shaw and Cherie Leporatti with guest

Diana Urquiza

Diana Urquiza performing

Alexa Mavroidis with Diana Urquiza

Alexa Mavroidis with Diana Urquiza

Manko Eponymous

Manko Eponymous performing


December 16, 2014 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

Join ECNV for #GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday is a national movement about giving back. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days about shopping, #GivingTuesday is a great way to pay it forward by giving back to the community. Please join ECNV in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia is dedicated to serving the community every day by helping people with disabilities live independently. Your kind donation will:

  • Help people with disabilities in Northern Virginia receive support in transitioning out of nursing homes and into the community.
  • Create more workshops and programming to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment.
  • Allow our peer mentors to continue assisting people with disabilities in finding affordable, accessible housing.
  • Help people with disabilities receive assistance in navigating Medicaid wavers so they can live independently.
  • And much more!

Please consider joining ECNV in empowering people with disabilities to live independently by making a tax-deductible donation here: or call (703) 525-3268.

  • $25 – Print and mail 30 copies of the ECNV Declaration newsletter and calendar
  • $50 – Cover an hour of sign-language interpretation for a workshop participant who is Deaf
  • $100 – Sponsor a workshop on preparing for a job interview
  • $150 – Purchase a new battery for a donated electric wheelchair so it can be passed along to someone in urgent need

Your gift will make a difference in the lives of your neighbors with disabilities in Northern Virginia. Thank you!

December 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

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