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backpacks for kids

I would love to meet you! Come to the Kingstowne branch of Apple Federal Credit Union (6831 Sir Viceroy Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315) on Wednesday, August 26 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. to drop off backpacks and supplies for kids who need them!

Here’s how to help!

Donate money online here.
Send a check made out to Backpacks 4 Kids to:
Backpacks 4 Kids
NBC4 Washington
4001 Nebraska Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

School supplies needed per backpack:
Two packs of loose-leaf notebook paper
Two dozen #2 pencils
Two packages of cap erasers
Three spiral composition books
One yellow highlighter
Eight plain folders with pockets and brads or loose leaf binder with dividers
One package of 24 crayons and/or one package of colored pencils
Small pencil or supply box or zippered supply pouch
Two composition books
Paper glue
Box of Kleenex
Two packs of copy (white) paper
12-inch ruler

Shave for the Brave Approaching

On Wednesday September 21st where will you be? Can I convince you to join me and 46 brave moms at Union Station. These women will shave their heads in honor of their beautiful children battling cancer. It’s the 2nd Annual 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave and we want all the support we can get!

Celebrity shavers will be on hand to help the mommas out. They include media pals Arch Campbell, Alison Starling, Andrea Roane, Ed Henry, Tommy McFly, Natasha Barrett , Mary Amons and Flounder to name a few! Please come out and help cheer these wonderful women on. PR at Partners from Chevy Chase is bringing their talented team and photographer Tim Coburn will be doing before and after shots.

Why 46? That’s how many mothers are told each day that “your child has cancer.” The goal this year is to raise $1 Million dollars for St. Baldrick’s. We hope to see you at Union Station Sept. 21st!

46 Mommas Shave for the Brave

September 21st 5-9PM. Proceeds go to St. Baldrick’s Foundation to aid in childhood cancer research. For more information, visit ‘Shave for the Brave’,

Clothes Purging: Tips to let go

Here’s round #3 of my great closet clean-out. Today it was about tackling the blazers. Here’s my latest stack that includes a black leather jacket. I’ve decided to send this stack to Dress for Success DC…. since they give interview appropriate clothes to women in need applying for jobs.

MORE: 100 pairs of shoes giveaway

I found this article helpful in finding ways to part with my stuff. Below are some questions you can ask yourself if you feel inspired to purge your clothes in time for Fall!

Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting With Your Clothes

1.  If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size.  Why a year?  Because you cover every season in that period of time.  If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.

2.  If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.

3.  If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.

4.  If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?

5.  I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it.  Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.

6.  If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night.  Follow the one year rule.

7.  Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet.   Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.

8.  Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it.  Let it go now unless it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.

9.  You don’t have to do it all at once.  Like I did try it in stages and be motivated by your success.  One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..

10.  Try everything on.  This one I can’t stress enough.  Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it.  That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts.  Nope we don’t want that now do we.  Get rid of it.

11.  You only have the space that you do.  Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night.  It will only make you grumpy…every single day.  It’s not worth it.

Ann Taylor supports Dress for Success

Dress for Success is teaming up with designer Ann Taylor in DC.

On June 2nd  you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase when you donate a suit or professional separates, purses and jewelry. There will also be a make-up artist offering tips on interview-appropriate makeup and Style for Hire will give styling advice. Refreshments included.

Dress for Success provides suits to disadvantaged women returning or entering the workforce.

“No good deed goes undressed”
Ann Taylor
600 13th Street, NW DC 2005
June 2nd All Day

Men 'take it off' for National Suit Drive

By Rachel Demita, Special to OMG


Men across the country are stripping down for a great cause.  Starting today September 1st, and continuing until September 30th, Men’s Wearhouse is accepting donations of gently used professional attire.



All donated clothing is given to nonprofit organizations and distributed to help men in crisis make a good impression during job interviews. In its third year, The National Suit Drive helps low income (or no income) men earn a second chance in our business world.


MORE: Visit the Men’s Wearhouse website or  Facebook


Men’s Wearhouse is hoping to gather 100,000 items. As a thank-you, donors will receive a 25% off discount coupon toward their next purchase.

Golfing for Little Zach

Come out and golf to help raise money and awareness for Neuroblastoma (a type of childhood cancer) at the First Annual Band of Parents Golf Invitational on September 20th. The tournament – put together by Amber Yost, mother of Neuroblastoma survivor Zach – is being held at the Bristow Manor Golf Club  in Bristow, VA, and there are plenty of spaces left to play. If you can’t make it, you can also sponsor a hole on the green.

MORE: Zach’s story for survival

For more information and to help out, visit the Band of Parents website or contact Amber Yost at or 703-594-2031

Savvy Women SUIT UP!

By OMG’s Kathy Chun

It’s the season to suit up! Suited for Change, an organization providing educational and professional wardrobe service to low-income women, is celebrating its’ 18th anniversary! Join them!

Wednesday May 5th
6-9 PM at the Naval Heritage Center

Serving the Washington area since 1992, the organization has paved women’s way to success in the corporate world while providing topnotch attire. Hosted by my newsgal pal NBC4 Anchor, Eun Yang, the fundraiser will include a buffet dinner, cocktails and the chance to win exciting auction items. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at

PROJECT: ARBOR DAY (Save Our Cherry Blossoms)


This is an OMG favorite this week. I’m so excited to emcee this event and hope you too will join me for Project Arbor Day.  Ten local artists including my friend and extraordinary sculptor Don Patron have united to do cherry blossom artwork to raise funds to restore and revitalize the damaged trees on the National Mall.  All proceeds from this event benefit The Trust for the National Mall:


Thursday April 29th 6-11PM
District (2473 18th St NW)
$20 – General Admission Tickets ($30 at the Door)
$50 – VIP Tickets (Includes access to VIP section for premium open bar, heavy passed hors d’oeuvres and a special goodie bag)


Host Committee: Angie Goff, David Alanson, Don Patron, Eric Lund, John Fischer, Katy Adams, Krista Johnson, Maggie O’Neil, Mathew Hebert, Nicole Siobal, Ran Borgerson, Rodger Schultz.

en.JOY 'Man and Woman of the Year'

On April 7th marked the 4th year anniversary of Joy Drumheller’s passing to gastric cancer. She was the best friend of my girlfriend Nicole.  Now, Nicole is on a campaign to honor the memory of Joy and help others still alive living with cancer.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 14th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Funxion ( 1309 F Street, NW) for en.JOY… A Funxion for Life: the kick off of Nicole Siobal and Team en.JOY’s 2010 “Woman of the Year” campaign.

Support: Join Nicole’s Mission on Facebook

Guests will enjoy an evening of the celebration of life and the satisfaction of supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission of finding a cure for blood cancers.

Come en.JOY a silent auction, live DJ, funxional cocktails and passed hors d’œuvre. A $20 donation at entry to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Woman of the Year Campaign.”


First Lady Donates Inaugural Gown

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu

Thanks to all who voted for my Oscar night gown– it continues til noon Saturday. In other dress news we’ve learned Michelle Obama will donate that one-shoulder Jason Wu she wowed the world with Inauguration night to- The Smithsonian.  Come on Michelle.. go the Oprah Winfrey way- she put in on ebay! I can only imagine how much it would go for. Go ahead take a guess.

Read entire story here at

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