Sing Into Spring & Happy Hour

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Volunteer Gail Broeckel gave the event two

  SingIntoSpringWinnersSave the Date – Next Volunteer Happy Hour

Wednesday, February 12th

The Melrose Hotel has invited us back!  Hooray!  Please join the Festival Planners and Fellow Volunteers!  Its a great place to ask questions about the Festival, what events to participate in and meet other volunteers.  You may make a friend and decide to sign up for shifts together!

For all those Cherry Blossom Fans, Spring is here!  Monday was the Sing Into Spring at the Hard Rock Cafe and hosted by Justin Guarini!  Solo and Group Singers competed for positions in the 2014 Parade.

Check out the winners here!

The Melrose Hotel
2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW

This Event is FREE to Attend!
$5 Food & Beverage Specials, $5 Valet


Pink Tie Party: Donations for Tickets

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If you have ever wanted to ATTEND the Pink Tie Party…now is your chance! 

We need items for our Silent Auction.  Secure $2,000 in Silent Auction items and receive one ticket to the 2014 Pink Tie Party on March 20th!

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  • Apparel & Jewelry
  • Dining Experiences
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health/Beauty Packages
  • Travel


Seeking Lead Volunteer for the Tidal Basin

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tidal basinWe are currently looking for one AMAZING volunteer that would be willing to manage the Welcome Tent at the Tidal Basin for the duration of the Festival.  The Welcome Tent is open 7 days a week from 10am-7pm from March 22 to April 7.

The Welcome Tent at the Tidal Basin is crucial to the Festival because it is in the area where 1.5 Million visitors pass through to visit the cherry blossom trees.  In the past, the Welcome Tent has provided an assortment of free crafts for kids, post cards to the troops and all the information about the Festival.  The Festival Stage is right next to it with daily performances and a lot of fun.100_0581

If you or someone you know may be available during this 16 day period, please let us know.  We know very few people may be available for this time commitment and need your help to spread the word.  For those of you interested but cannot take on this lead role, 4 hour volunteer shifts will also be available at the Tidal Basin.

Check back next week for new volunteer opportunities!

Good Times at The Melrose Hotel

IMG_0156Thank you to all of you who joined us last week for Happy Hour at the Melrose Hotel.  We had a great time and I think some new connections were made!  Here are some fun pics for those of you that missed out…


Naz Refaat, owner of Focus Fine Photography, caught it all on camera for us as we were serenaded by singer-songwriter Dan Barry.

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THANK YOU Naz of Focus Fine Photography and the amazing team at Melrose Hotel for your support!

Parker Sams (Operations)& Selam Egzeabher (Restaurant Manager) with Preston (event guest).
Zsolt Bekessy (F&B Manager) with Laura Landrau (Event & Wedding Specialist) of The Melrose Hotel
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Naz & Parmiss of Focus Fine Photography

Networking is easy, don’t be scared!

networking artOur first Happy Hour Networking Event of 2014 is tomorrow, Jan. 9th at the Melrose Hotel from 5:30pm-8:30pm.  Don’t miss it!


Networking events may sound intimidating if you have never been to one before.  But our networking group is for VOLUNTEERS; people like you who choose to do something good with their spare time.  What better group of people to end up with when you don’t know anyone?

By nature, people who volunteer are very nice and friendly.  Lots of us are shy but when you know you have something in common, its that much easier to break the ice.  And seriously, most of you will not know anyone else there so if you see someone standing alone, go say hi and don’t leave them hanging.  It will be good for you and they will appreciate it.  Next thing you know, you will be signing up for events together and may end up becoming great friends (like Brit and Julie who met last year at the Pink Tie Party)!

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Another cool thing about a networking event like this is that it is very easy to talk to anyone.  The whole point of it is to meet new people and its therefore totally appropriate to walk up to a random stranger and introduce yourself.  You can walk up to anyone, say hi, and ask any interesting question you feel like.  I would recommend not asking anything too personal but maybe see if the person has volunteered before, what events they are interested in and perhaps you’ll end up teaming up together at the next shift.

And here is the last reason why our mixer is ideal for new networkers.  I am there!  And I don’t mean that in a vain way.  I mean that if you find yourself alone and feeling awkward with no one to talk to, come find me.  I promise I will not leave you hanging though I may introduce you to someone new.  I’d post my headshot but since I rarely look like that,  [sadly] here are some more realistic picture of me from previous networking events.

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In the interest of introducing you to some more friends, please meet Syreeta next to me in the group shot, Rigo, Kip is the tall one in the middle, Phyllis, Walter and Christina.  Hopefully they all come and then you will know even more people.

So come out tomorrow, don’t be shy and meet some new friends!

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