Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Happy hour to raise money for Brain Tumor Society

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As if you needed another reason to head out for happy hour on Friday, Union Jack’s is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Brain Tumor Society from 6-9 p.m.

Bethesda resident Robyn Brickel, along with some friends, organized the happy hour in hopes of raising $5,000 for their team in the Race for Hope, also a Brain Tumor Society fundraiser.

Brickel’s connection to the cause is personal.

Just over three years ago, her cousin died from a brain tumor. After that her family became involved in raising money for the Brain Tumor Society and started their own nonprofit, Have a Chance, a New Jersey organization dedicated to helping people impacted by brain cancer find the best therapies for them.

‘‘For me, part of the reason I did a happy hour is because my cousin Jeff was a really social person and being with friends was the most important thing for him,” Brickel said. ‘‘So this is a way for people to have a good time, make friends and to help.”

The event costs $10 and participants get a free drink ticket for each $10 they donate. All of the money will go to the Brain Tumor Society.

There will also be raffles for concert tickets, sports events and other items.

Union Jack’s British Pub is located at 4915 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda. For more information, visit

Winners named in WPAS string contest

Several Bethesda and Chevy Chase residents were named winners of Washington Performing Arts Society’s Annual Feder String Competition.

The annual competition provides the opportunity for young aspiring string musicians in grades six through 12 to earn cash scholarships, free music lessons, and tuition remission to prominent summer music festivals.

This year, more than 80 students participated in the competition which was held over a two-day period, March 19 and 20, at the University of the District of Columbia.

The winning Bethesda residents are:

*Daniel Getz, Level I Category viola, $200 second prize

*Isabella Nogues, violin, $1,500 scholarship to attend a summer program

*Samantha Cody, Sixth Grade Category, violin, $50 honorable mention

Mark’s Run scheduledfor Sunday

Mark’s Run, a 5K race and 1-Mile Fun-Run to benefit the Joslin Diabetes Center and Landon School has raised nearly $600,000 in four years.

Organizers hope to raise another $100,000 at this year’s event scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sunday at Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda.

The event is named for Mark Vaughn Ferris, a 1994 Landon graduate, who died at age 25 after a lifelong struggle with juvenile diabetes.

Funds raised from the race will go toward the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Boston center dedicated to fighting diabetes, and the Mark Ferris Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to disadvantaged students at Landon School.

For more information or to register, visit

Rescue Squad member takes top honors

Two members of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad were honored in early spring graduation ceremonies at the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Training Academy last month.

Rescue Squad volunteers Maura Manion and Richard Martin completed the rigorous Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course.

Manion received the prestigious Richard B. Thompson Emergency Care Award for top academic performance in her class. EMT-B is the first level of formalized medical training required for all Rescue Squad volunteers. The training program consists of more than 131 hours of classroom time coupled with additional in-hospital clinical requirements and hours spent riding Rescue Squad ambulances on actual emergency calls. EMT-Bs perform a variety of skills, including patient assessment, basic life support, and use of automated external defibrillators.

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is a philanthropically operated, community supported organization that provides emergency medical, ambulance, rescue and fire suppression service for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area and Upper Northwest Washington, D.C.

For information on volunteering, visit, call 301-657-5557, or e-mail

Holton-Arms students use fashion to help charity

Students in Holton-Arms School’s People United by New Creative Hunches (PUNCH) club are gearing up for their annual fashion show.

Students design, make and model all of the clothes presented in the show, which is also a fundraiser for Dress for Success, a nonprofit that gives business suits to low-income women.

The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school’s Black Box Theater, 7303 River Road, Bethesda. For more information, call 301-365-5300.

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