‘Scandal’ With A Cause!

by Jackie

(Photo: ABC)

(Photo: ABC)


YWCA ‘Scandal’ Fundraiser to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors


The YWCA USA is hosting a fundraiser for the season premiere of ‘Scandal.’  This fun event, emceed by the comedian Leon, will include a raffle of items from local vendors, a Scandal-themed trivia competition, an Olivia Pope lookalike contest and the show watch party! Time to get those cream-colored coats out!

Enter to win prizes, including a one-hour closet consult with A*cute stylist, Jackie (that’s me)!


Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.


Jake’s American Grille | 5018 Connecticut Ave., NW


The Small Print

No tickets or wristbands needed. Just come to Jake’s and a portion of the proceeds will go to YWCA USA, whose mission is to empower women and end racism.

$7 “Gladiator” Cosmo
$4 Miller Lite
$4 Blue Moon Draughts
$5 Palm Amber Draughts

Raffle tickets will be sold on site. Any additional donations, which are deeply appreciated but not required, will be taken on site as well.

The YWCA is the largest and oldest women’s organization in the country, serving over 2 million women, girls and their families. YWCAs around the nation provide essential programs such as domestic violence services, job training, financial empowerment, racial justice, and early childhood education, to name a few. This fun event will help raise awareness of our programs and the critical funds needed to keep helping women and their families in our community.

Jake’s American Grille and Boiler Room Bar is conveniently located near the Van Ness Metro station.  

After 6:00pm there is free parking for Scandal premiere party-goers at the SunTrust bank.


Dinner with a Purpose

by Jackie

Bookettes Fefe and Jennifer prepare dinner at Samaritan Inns.

Bookettes Fefe and Jennifer prepare dinner at Samaritan Inns.

There are a million quotes extolling the benefits of serving others, but after my experience this Saturday, it can be summed up as follows: It’s fun! The Bookettes, DC’s favorite bookclub, took their culinary talents to Samaritan Inns to fellowship with residents. Samaritan Inns is celebrating its 25th year of providing structured housing and recovery services in an environment of support and accountability that gives homeless and addicted men and women the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

We had a great time preparing dinner and getting to know the residents. Just the day before going to volunteer, I asked a colleague how he managed to stay calm during stressful  moments. He replied, “I have access to hot water and a roof over my head.” His simple answer and my time at Samaritan Inns gave me perspective on my own life stresses. Being grateful for what I do have and volunteering makes it easier to focus on the important things — making memories, spending time with loved ones, and constantly learning.

If you’d like to volunteer at Samaritan Inns, send a message to Corey@SamaritanInns.org.