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Purchase Your Tickets to Magic & Miracles Today!

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Tickets to the 6th Annual Magic & Miracles are on sale now at: http://rwwdc.eventbrite.com/

In the six years since we started Ready, Willing & Working, we’ve helped dozens of men become productive, taxpaying citizens, and fathers to their children through paid work opportunities. Most will never sleep in a shelter or be incarcerated again.

Experience the Magic of Opportunity and the Miracle of the Human Spirit at the

6th Annual “Magic & Miracles,” an Evening Benefiting Ready, Willing & Working

The Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street, NE

Washington, DC

6:00-9:00pm

With Washington Wizards Television Announcer

Steve Buckhantz as Master of Ceremonies

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Honoring

Phil Truluck and The Heritage Foundation

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Walk the Red Carpet!

Open Beer and Wine Bar

Music by Synchronicity

Food Selections by Belga Café, Cava Mezze, Zest Bistro and MK Catering
Featuring “Ex-Con Chili” – a special recipe by Patty Brosmer and favored by the “men in blue”

Local singing sensation 15 year-old Adalia Jimenez

Silent Auction including Washington Capitals and Wizards tickets, jewelry, sports memorabilia and more!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

National Capital Bank, Nancy Squires and The Squires Group, Capitol Hill BID and Capitol Hill Exxon

Media Sponsor

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Honorary Host Committee (confirmed to date)

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, United States Congress

The Honorable Saxby Chambliss, United States Congress

The Honorable John Conyers Junior, United States Congress

The Honorable Vincent Gray, Mayor, District of Columbia

The Honorable Marion Barry, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable David Catania, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Jack Evans, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Jim Graham, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Phil Mendelson, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Vincent Orange, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Tommy Wells, District of Columbia Council

George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund

Harriet McDonald, Executive Vice President of The Doe Fund

RWW Scam Alert

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We’ve received several calls over the last few weeks regarding a homeless individual in Downtown Washington, DC who has been asking people for money to enter our Ready, Willing & Working (RWW) program. The young man is claiming he had spent some time in local federal prisons and was now trying to get into the RWW program.  He said it required him to raise around $185.00 and is asking people for the money to help him out. According to witnesses, he was well spoken, polite and a good communicator.

RWW does not require homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals to pay money to get into our program. If you come across this individual, please do not give him any money and contact RWW President Patty Brosmer at 202-842-3333 ext. 11 or pbrosmer@rwwdc.org.

RWW Announces Steve Buckhantz as Master of Ceremonies for Magic & Miracles

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Ready, Willing & Working is excited to announce Washington Wizards television announcer Steve Buckhantz as our Master of Ceremonies for The 6th Annual Magic & Miracles benefit on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE.

Steve BuckhantzWith 40 years of broadcasting experience, including over a quarter-century in the Nation’s Capital, Steve Buckhantz is one of the longest tenured sportscasters in the Metropolitan area.  A four-time Emmy award winner, including the honor for Wizards play-by-play in 2008, Buckhantz is in his 17th season as the television voice of the Wizards on Comcast SportsNet.

Buckhantz’ dramatic game calls have crept into DC’s sports lexicon.  “Dagger,” “Backbreaker,” “Not Possible,” all are heard regularly on sports highlight shows around the country.

Buckhantz is a native of Washington, DC, born in the District and raised in nearby Arlington, VA.  He attended Washington-Lee High School and his education continued at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts.  In 1995 Buckhantz was honored with JMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Following four years broadcasting JMU basketball games on radio, Buckhantz made the transition into television at ABC affiliate WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, where he anchored the 11pm sports and weather.  His TV career then took him to WRCB in Chattanooga, TN, WTVF in Nashville, TN and WSB in Atlanta, GA, before returning in 1984 to his hometown and Fox owned WTTG-TV, where he was the Sports Director and lead sports anchor for nearly 14 years.  Buckhantz’ play-by-play work also includes the “NFL on Fox” and in 1994 was part of that networks’ inaugural season televising professional football.  From 1991-’97 Buckhantz was the radio play-by-play voice of the US Naval Academy Football Team.  In 2011, Buckhantz was inducted into The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences National Capital Chapter Silver Circle, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the broadcast industry over the span of 25 years or more in the National Capital region.

Buckhantz is involved in numerous charitable events in the Washington area, and for the past 18 years has been the spokesman for the Steve Buckhantz/St. Jude Celebrity Golf Tournament, which to date has raised over three million dollars to benefit research at the children’s hospital in Memphis, TN.

Magic & Miracles benefits the “men in blue” that can be seen everyday in the business areas of Capitol Hill, Barracks Row Main Street, and Adams Morgan. All are all formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals; many of whom have struggled with substance abuse. Ready, Willing & Working empowers these individuals to break their destructive cycles by offering a paid-work experience and supportive services that put them on the road to self-sufficiency. With your support, you are helping these men continue their journey to becoming productive, contributing members of society.

The event will feature cocktails, heavy hor d’oeuvres, a silent auction and special presentation. We will be honoring Phil Truluck and The Heritage Foundation for their support of the program and dedication to its mission. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at rwwdc.eventbrite.com.

RWW To Honor Phil Truluck and The Heritage Foundation at The 6th Annual Magic & Miracles

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Ready, Willing & Working is pleased to announce that Phil Truluck and The Heritage Foundation will be honored at our 6th Annual Magic & Miracles benefit on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE.  Phil and The Heritage Foundation will be honored for their support of the program and our “men in blue” since 2008. More event details to follow. To purchase tickets, visit rwwdc.eventbrite.com.

 

Save The Date

Whip out a pen or your smartphone and mark your calendars! RWW’s 6th annual Magic & Miracles benefit will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Come experience “the magic of opportunity and the miracle of the human spirit” at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St NE!

Ready, Willing & Working Honors National Capital Bank at 5th Annual Magic & Miracles

The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles benefit for Ready, Willing & Working was held Thursday, November 29th at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE.

The event began at 6:00pm with cocktails, a silent auction, raffle drawing and plenty of delicious food provided by Cava Mezze, Matchbox Capitol Hill, The Sweet Lobby and MK CateringTopChef Contestant Bart Vandaele of Belga Cafe (right)entertained guests as he prepared one of his signature dishes: Celery Waffle with Duck Confit and Orange Cotton Candy.

Guests were invited into the Sprenger Theater at about 7:15pm, where they were greeted by our “men in blue,” who passed out programs as they entered. Paul Pascal, Vice President of Ready, Willing & Working, introducedMaster of Ceremonies Paul Berry (left: Paul Pascal, Paul Berry and Brenda Pascal).

Local 14 year-old singing sensation Adalia Jimenez began the program with the singing of our National Anthem.

Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Vincent Orange each spoke during the presentation, offering their praises and support of the program.

The highlight of the evening was when National Capital Bank was honored for their generous support of the Ready, Willing & Working program since its inception. “Honor Guard,” a video produced by Matthew McClain, featured Team Member Willie Taylor, along with National Capital Bank President Jimmy Didden and his brother, CEO Richard Didden. Kathy Didden, the widow of the late George Didden, shared her story of how George wanted to employ formerly homeless and incarcerated individuals to clean the streets of Capitol Hill, which eventually led to the formation of Ready, Willing & Working. Click here to watch the video tribute, or see the link below.

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Ready, Willing & Working would like to thank everyone who came out to support the “men in blue” at The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles.

Above, from left: Jimmy Didden, Kathy Didden, Richard Didden and RWW President Patty Brosmer

Purchase Tickets to Magic & Miracles TODAY!

Tickets are $75 and are available for purchase at rww.eventbrite.com

Featuring the talented Josh Norris for magic and entertainment, 14 year-oldlocal singing sensation Adalia Jimenez, a silent auction, heavy hor d’oeuvres, and several notable guest speakers.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Nancy Squires of The Squires Group

National Capital Bank

Capitol Hill Business Improvement District

Capitol Hill Exxon

Phil Truluck, The Heritage Foundation

Media Sponsor:

K Street Magazine

Food Selections Provided By:

Cava Mezze

Matchbox Capitol Hill

The Sweet Lobby – Winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars

Featuring a Signature Dish from TopChef’s Bart Vandaele of Belga Cafe

 

Honorary Host Committee:

The Honorable Saxby Chambliss, United States Congress

The Honorable Barbara Lee, United States Congress

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, United States Congress

The Honorable Vincent Gray, Mayor of the District of Columbia

The Honorable Marion Barry, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable David Catania, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Jack Evans, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Kenyan McDuffie, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Vincent Orange, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Tommy Wells, District of Columbia Council

George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund

Harriet McDonald, Executive Vice President of The Doe Fund

Dozens of Local Businesses Donate Exciting Items to Magic & Miracles Silent Auction

Ready, Willing & Working is gearing up for The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles benefit on Thursday, November 29 at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE. (Buy your tickets here!) Dozens of local businesses have generously donated items for the event’s silent auction. It is certainly going to be one of the highlights of the evening so don’t miss out!

A special thanks to our Silent Auction Chair, Linda Brekke who has also contributed many pieces of gorgeous jewelry to the event, that she handmade herself.

Please show your gratitude by patronizing these businesses for their support of Magic & Miracles:

Art and Soul Boutique

Bike and Roll DC

Bouvier International Salon

Bundle of Cookies

Dawn Price Baby

Edible Arrangements, Capitol Hill

Folger Theater

Forecast Fine Clothing and Home Accents

Frager’s Hardware

Georgetown Cupcake

Ginkgo Gardens

Hill’s Kitchen

Homebody – Outfitters for Contemporary Living

Labyrinth Games and Puzzles

Lavagna Ristorante Italiano

Michael Anthony Salon

Montemartre Restaurant

Newman Gallery and Custom Frames

Pesce Seafood Bistro

Playseum

Schooner Heron Charters

Tracy & Company Salon

Vidalia Restaurant

Washington Redskins

Washington Nationals

Woven History

and much more to come!

If your business would like to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact Kelly Maslar at kmaslar@capitolhillbid.org or 202-842-3333 ext. 10. All donations are tax-deductible.

Purchase Your Tickets to The 5th Annual Magic & Miracles TODAY!

Tickets are $75 and are available for purchase at rww.eventbrite.com

Featuring the talented Josh Norris for magic and entertainment, a silent auction, heavy hor d’oeuvres, and several notable guest speakers, including George and Harriet McDonald of The Doe Fund in New York City.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Nancy Squires of The Squires Group

National Capital Bank

Capitol Hill Business Improvement District

Capitol Hill Exxon

Phil Truluck, The Heritage Foundation

Media Sponsor:

K Street Magazine

Food Selections Provided By:

Cava Mezze

Matchbox Capitol Hill

Featuring a Signature Dish from TopChef’s Bart Vandaele of Belga Cafe

 

Honorary Host Committee:

The Honorable Saxby Chambliss, United States Congress

The Honorable Barbara Lee, United States Congress

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, United States Congress

The Honorable Vincent Gray, Mayor of the District of Columbia

The Honorable Marion Barry, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable David Catania, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Jack Evans, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Kenyan McDuffie, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Vincent Orange, District of Columbia Council

The Honorable Tommy Wells, District of Columbia Council

George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund

Harriet McDonald, Executive Vice President of The Doe Fund

 

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