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Hollywood Coins Up: Celebrities Turning to an Innovative Mobile App to Collect Change for Charities

Hollywood Coins Up: Celebrities Turning to an Innovative Mobile App to Collect Change for Charities

When celebrities align with a cause they are passionate about, people notice. In doing so, their efforts can make a major impact by bringing awareness to the charity organizations they support or lead. Four celebrities in particular who are lending their name to charity organizations are making it even easier for their fans to engage in the habit of giving, by “Coining Up” through the new mobile donation app – Coin Up.   

”A celebrity who is committed to making a difference for their charity, combined with a convenient and automated way for their fans to donate to that charity, is a winning formula for major social impact,” explains Leena Patidar, chief executive officer and co-founder of Coin Up. “Celebrities make it easy to build awareness about the causes that they care about, and Coin Up’s mobile app has made it effortless for people to donate their spare change from everyday transactions.”

‘Cook in Tuscany’ of Haymarket, Va. Supports Colon Cancer Alliance

 ‘Cook in Tuscany’ of Haymarket, Va. Supports Colon Cancer Alliance

Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, Va. donated an all-expenses paid Tuscan culinary tour for the Colon Cancer Alliance Blue Hope Bash held in Washington, D.C. at the Fairmont Hotel. The live and silent auctions offered several trips and luxury packages. For more information about the tour, go to www.cookintuscany.com.  

The winner will be able treat themselves in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and fun. The tour provides daily cooking lessons from local “Nonnas”, first class accommodations in the medieval hill-top village of Montefollonico, visits to regional wineries and cheese makers, tours of local and historic sites and many recreational activities.

Paul VI Catholic Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Paul VI Catholic Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Paul VI Catholic high school of Fairfax, Va. has a history of a strong culture of inclusion, reflective of the current reigning homecoming queen and king, Shaylyn Smith, 18, of Bristow, Va. and Zach Fowler, 18, of Vienna, Va., who both happen to have an intellectual disability. 

Smith and Fowler were selected through the standard process of selecting a homecoming king and queen with no special circumstances or special efforts to ensure that they were the ones selected. For the first time, Paul VI has voted both homecoming king and queen from Paul VI’s Options Program. For more information on the school, go to www.paulvi.net.

BASIS Independent McLean Hosts Seminar-Demystifying Global Education Rankings, Mon., Oct. 24

BASIS Independent McLean Hosts Seminar-Demystifying Global Education Rankings, Mon., Oct. 24

BASIS Independent McLean is hosting a seminar called, Demystifying Global Education Rankings, led by distinguished international educators, Peng Yu of Shanghai and Tue Halgreen of Paris, France on Mon., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at 8000 Jones Branch Road in McLean, Va. Entrance is free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.basisindependent.com/speaker-series.

The seminar will feature a conversation on the role of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in global benchmarking and their influence on educational excellence across the world.

No. Virginia Couple Debuts “Cook in Mexico”; their Second Culinary Tour

No. Virginia Couple Debuts “Cook in Mexico”; their Second Culinary Tour

Mexico isn’t just known for its beautiful beaches. Cook in Mexico is now taking guests to the heart of Mexico and the heart of Mexican cuisine. Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today, just launched its second culinary tour, Cook in Mexico in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende. Cook in Mexico was created by Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers, a Northern Virginia couple that hosts their worldwide guests on cooking tours in Cook in Tuscany in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guides guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. Now guests, can experience the traditional flavors and storytelling from the Mexican cooks, visit historic sites, dance to Mariachi and climb the ruins of Cañada de la Virgin. For more information, go to www.cookinmexico.kitchen or  www.cookintuscany.com.

Carmello's to Host J. Lohr Wine Dinner; Sept. 29

Carmello's to Host J. Lohr Wine Dinner; Sept. 29

Carmello’s is hosting a J. Lohr Winery Wine Dinner on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. for $90 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature J. Lohr Winery wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new fall menu. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

Carmello’s earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Carmello’s earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. was nationally recognized by Trip Advisor with a Certificate of Excellence and winner of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice award. Carmello’s is owned by long-time Historic Manassas resident, Alice Pires. Go to www.carmellos.com.

Their seasonal menus serve a wide variety of American cuisine with Portuguese and Mediterranean influence. Carmello’s sources local ingredients, and uses fresh herbs from their backyard garden.

“We’re a community restaurant, a family restaurant...and our customers are what make us successful, we’re grateful for their continued support,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va.