Thank You for Making One for the Books a Success!

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On October 3, the Northern Virginia community came together to honor LCNV’s 50th year of providing much needed literacy services. The evening was filled with a festive and energizing spirit. LCNV held a raffle  for a week-long stay in St. John, which raised nearly $10,000 to help our students. Steve Beggs was the lucky winner!  Attendees also had the unique opportunity to hear from a LCNV student, Fatima, and learn how literacy has changed her and her children’s lives.

The Literacy Council extends a big thank you to Robert Egger who served as Master of Ceremonies, and José Andrés, David Baldacci, and Ric Edelman for sharing how  literacy has impacted their lives. State Senator Barbara Favola presented a proclamation to LCNV, and Congressman Jim Moran and Delegate Mark Keam shared their support.

Highlighting the partnership between LCNV and Wish You Well Foundation, Baldacci stated: “I would urge all of you to do as much as you can. Quite frankly, there could be no higher purpose in the nation.”

During the event, LCNV announced that an anonymous donor challenged the Council this year to raise gifts from new donors, as well as increased gifts from existing donors. The challenge will match these gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. Andrés was the first to answer this call for support by making the first contribution to LCNV’s challenge grant. Will you join him in helping LCNV meet this challenge?   

Lastly, thank you to the following individuals who were instrumental in making this event a huge success: Mark Troppe, One for the Books Chair; Jan Auerbach; Avis Black; Cathleen Donnelly; Sally Jaggar; Misty Jones; Sarah Kenney; and Robin Walker.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866
www.LCNV.org

Tonight: One for the Books Gala!

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Please join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia this evening for our One for the Books gala!

Join LCNV, celebrity chef José Andrés, award-winning author David Baldacci, top-ranked financial advisor Ric Edelman, and nonprofit leader Robert Egger in celebrating 50 years of improving our community through literacy!

DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012 │ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

LOCATION: George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22301

ACCESS: Free parking is available. Closest Metro station is King St.

ATTIRE: Business

TICKETS: Event tickets can be purchased in person tonight at the event, starting at 6 pm.

OPPORTUNITIES THIS EVENING INCLUDE:

  • A raffle drawing for a week-long stay in St. John! Please consider purchasing a $50 chance in person this evening!  The lucky winner will be announced tonight.
  • Book signing by José Andrés, David Baldacci, Ric Edelman, and Robert Egger at the end of the event. Books will be available for purchase on site that evening.
  • Adding a leaf on LCNV’s Giving Tree. Leaves on the tree can be purchased for various dollar amounts. Each leaf contains an item that will aid the Literacy Council in its effort to enrich the lives of those who wish to understand, speak, read and write English.
  • And, finally, there will be a “bookshelf” where you can write the title of your favorite book and put it on the bookshelf. What an opportunity to reminisce about all the favorite books you have read and try to figure out the best one! And you can get ideas for future reads from books listed by other attendees.

Thank you for your participation! We look forward to seeing you tonight at One for the Books!

2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042│ (703)237-0866 │www.lcnv.org

José Andrés Headlines One for the Books!

September 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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On October 3, 2012, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) will host its One for the Books gala event! Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, the night will celebrate  50years of improving the Northern Virginia community through literacy! Catering will be provided by Fresh Start Catering, and the event menu is inspired by none other than celebrity chef José Andrés, who will be headlining the event. Take a moment to read about José Andrés, LCNV’s special guest at One for the Books.

José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.

In 2010, José native Spain awarded him the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters medallion; he is the first chef to receive this recognition. José was named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011. Recently, he was recognized by Time magazine on the “Time 100” list of most influential people in the world.

Often considered an unofficial Ambassador of Spain, José is the new Dean of the Spanish Studies program of the International Culinary Center, the first program of its kind to be offered in the United States. José can be seen on PBS as host and executive producer of Made in Spain. His cookbooks include Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen and Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America.

Known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy, José is a sought after speaker on issues including hunger, food security, nutrition education, and childhood obesity. Recently he launched World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world.

Award-winning author David Baldacci, and top-ranked financial advisor Ric Edelman will also be attending the One for the Books gala. Robert Egger, President of D.C. Central Kitchen, will be serving as Master of Ceremonies, highlighting the importance of literacy in all aspects of life.

This is an event you won’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets today – only 100 left! Celebrate literacy with the Literacy Council and José Andrés.

Note: Biographical information for José Andrés  first appeared on José Andrés: Think Food Group.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 │info@lcnv.org │ www.lcnv.org

Come Celebrate at One for the Books!

September 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Please join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia for our One for the Books gala!

Join LCNV, celebrity chef José Andrés, award-winning author David Baldacci, top-ranked financial advisor Ric Edelman, and nonprofit leader Robert Egger in celebrating 50 years of improving our community through literacy!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012 │ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

George Washington Masonic Memorial │101 Callahan Dr. │ Alexandria, VA 22301

The event menu is inspired by José Andrés  │ Catering provided by Fresh Start Catering   

Only 200 tickets available. Tickets are priced at $150 each and are available online. Your name will be on a list at the door; you do not have to print your receipt.

Purchase event tickets now!  

LCNV will  hold a raffle: a week at a beautiful villa, Calypso del Sol, on St. John.  Raffle tickets are $50 each.  You do not have to be present to participate.

Purchase raffle tickets today!   

Note: You will not receive an invitation via postal mail. Tickets must be purchased online at  www.lcnv.org/events/one-books or via phone at 703-237-0866.

2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042│ (703)237-0866 │www.lcnv.org

Thank You for Making 50 Years of Success Happen!

August 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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See more GOLDEN REUNION pics on LCNV’s Flickr.

* Photos courtesy of Hernan Vargas and Daniel Afzal

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia would like to thank all of the students, volunteers, and supporters who attended LCNV’s Golden Reunion this past Sunday.  Bringing new and old friends together, the Golden Reunion honored the accomplishments of its students and volunteers. The event was truly a success, and included many highlights!

Every year LCNV holds a student essay contest. The Literacy Council received many essays in response to this year’s student essay contest topic: Celebrating Literacy: My Celebrations, Big and Small. Anxiously, LCNV announced the Student Essay Contest Winners which included: Nasr Youssef (1st Place Basic Literacy Tutoring Student Essay); Janice dos Santos (2nd Place Basic Literacy Tutoring Student Essay); Miriam Rosas (1st Place ESOL Tutoring Student Essay); Ann Choi (2nd Place ESOL Tutoring Student Essay); Huiyan Wang (1st Place Classroom Student Essay); and Elsa Ortiz (2nd Place Classroom Student Essay).  We are incredibly proud of all the winners! Many of the winners were surprised to find that LCNV proudly displayed excerpts from their essays throughout the venue. We’d like to once again, congratulate our winners!

The Council also recognized the Bev­erly M. Newport Memorial Fund and the Virginia Literacy Foundation for their exceptional support of our mission. Without the help of organizations such as these, LCNV would not be able to bring much needed services to individuals who need and want to learn how to read, write, speak, and understand English. We are truly thankful to the Bev­erly M. Newport Memorial Fund and the Virginia Literacy Foundation for their continued support.

A special event highlight included LCNV’s “Decades of Success” panel discussion. Moderated by Laurie Hayden, a teacher and tutor, the panel included: Candelario Chavez, Kerrin Epstein, Doris Gone, Maria Henriquez, Sally Jaggar, Bobby Jo Small, and Bob Stump.  Here, students, teachers, and tutors came together to discuss how LCNV has changed their lives; they commented upon the surprises and challenges they faced, as well as the lessons they learned throughout their experience at LCNV.

The Golden Reunion would not have been possible without the help of the Golden Reunion Committee and the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. The Literacy Council extends a big thank you to the Golden Reunion Committee: Audrey Lipps, Golden Reunion Committee Chair; Doris Addo; Rena Baker ; Fatima El Amrani; Ruth Hansen; Mary Hollingshead ; Sarah (Sally) Jaggar ; Karen Lezny ; Becca Lipps ; Juana Merlo ; Jessica Raines ; Bobby Joe Small; Anne Spear ; Robin Walker ; Ron Wise ; and Michael Wolff. LCNV extends another big thank you to the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee: Jan Auerbach, 50th Anniversary Events Chair; Elsa Angell; Rena Baker; Avis Black; Rebekah Bundang; Mary Hollingshead; Anne Poad; and Jean Sweeney. The Council would also like to thank Delegate Mark Keam  for attending the Golden Reunion, and showing his support.

Once again, the Literacy Council thanks all of the students, volunteers, and supporters who made the Golden Reunion such a successful and memorable event!

Visit LCNV’s Flickr to see more Golden Reunion pics!

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 ext 112
www.LCNV.org

LCNV’s Golden Reunion is this Sunday!

August 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Please join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia this Sunday for our

Golden Reunion 

Celebrating 50 years of promoting literacy!

Reconnect with old friends, students, tutors, teachers, and supporters. Hear about the impact the Council has had on the lives of both instructors and learners. Learn how the Council has evolved to support the changing needs of the community. Program begins at 4 PM and will be followed by a reception.

 SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012  │ 4 PM to 7PM

Northern Virginia Community College │ Ernst Community Cultural Center
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Complimentary Program and Reception │ Dress Casual │ Free Parking
RSVP to 703-237-0866 or info@lcnv.org

Check out LCNV’s Summer 2012 Newsletter!

August 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Student Stories, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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DIRECTOR’S LETTER:
LCNV – Setting the Tone for the Future

LCNV had every intention of beginning our 50th Anniversary year on July 1st with a big splash.  Unfortunately, on July 1st, many people were still in the dark because of the storms.  The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia may not have had the big reunion party – yet – but we have started the year with much excitement and positive growth.  We hope to see you for our rescheduled Golden Reunion on Sunday, August 26, from 4 – 7 PM!

The LCNV Board of Directors transitioned in new officers at the July Board meeting, thanking Mary Ann Nocerino for her six years of excellent leadership and service…Read on.

TUTORS CORNER
It is always wonderful to receive phone calls or quarterly reports from tutors, announcing that their students have achieved learning goals.  It is especially celebratory when that goal is the special one of obtaining US citizenship.  The first half of 2012 has provided the Literacy Council with many such celebratory moments. We’re happy to report that over a dozen tutoring students passed the citizenship exam and/or were sworn in as citizens during this period.  Each naturalized student undoubtedly came away from the ceremony with his or her own memories of the most meaningful part…Read on to see how citizenship impacts students and their tutors.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Philip L. Graham Fund
LCNV’s website is its core communication platform with its students, volunteers, donors, and corporate and community partners. This past fall, the Literacy Council decided to redesign its six-year-old website, aiming to improve communications, and reach even more potential students and supporters… Read more

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
“This year I will double the amount that I give to the Literacy Council because of the Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits!” pledged John Odenwelder, Vice President of LCNV’s Board of Directors and Chair of its Fund Development Committee. Learn how you can take advantage of this Virginia State Tax Credit. 

GET CONNECTED
LCNV’s Golden Reunion – August 26, 2012
Reconnect with old friends, students, tutors, teachers, and supporters. Hear about the impact the Council has had on the lives of both instructors and learners. Learn how the Council has evolved to support the changing needs of the community. Find out more…

Race for a Cause – October 14, 2012 
LCNV is partnering with Acumen Solutions for their 4th Annual Race for a Cause™ 8K and 1Mile Fun Run race in Arlington, Virginia. LCNV is one of 10 charities benefiting from the race, and it’s up to the runner or walker to pick which charity their donation will benefit. Find out more… 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
LCNV’s programs would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. Please consider helping adults learn to read, write, speak, and understand English. If tutoring or teaching is not for you, we offer many diverse volunteer opportunities.  Learn about Volunteer Opportunities.

DOWNLOAD the PDF – Literacy Lines Summer 2012 Issue

DOWNLOAD the PDF – The Student Special

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 ext 112
www.LCNV.org

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