Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Herndon-Reston FISH to Hold Annual Fundraising Event

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicating to help families meet emergencies and short-term needs, will hold its 9th Annual Fish Fling Gala at the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel on Saturday, April 26, from 6 to 11 p.m. This gala is FISH’s largest fundraising event to acquire the financial support for its Family Assistance Program. In 2013 FISH worked with over 1300 area families.

The 2014 FISH Fling Gala includes a sit-down dinner, an auction with dozens of great items, and live music by The Franklin Project band. The event also honors volunteers and partners who contribute to FISH’s effort. Fling chair, Susan Sather says, “This annual FISH Fling Gala is an important event for us to recognize our supporters, as well as to obtain funds for our program.”

The reservation for one person to attend this cocktail attire event is $85. There are five different sponsorship levels for the FISH Fling, including Angel Fish ($5,000), Big Fish ($2,500), Gold Fish ($1,000), Sail Fish ($500), and Sun Fish ($250).

For further information on the event and sponsorships, contact Fling@HerndonRestonFISH.

Symposium on Reston at 50

Reston at 50: Looking Back at Forward Thinking, a

Symposium on Diversity, Planning, Preservation, and Scholarship will be held on Monday, April 28, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

Panel presentations include:

  • Lindsey Bestebreurtje, doctoral candidate in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History, will address the context of Reston’s groundbreaking policies of integration and diversity.

  • Dr. Harold Linton, Director of the School of Art at George Mason University, will provide a window into the development of the Reston Plan, and its seven principles of design, design/planning precedents, architecture, success, awards, and liabilities.

  • William Jordan Patty, doctoral student in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History and Archivist/Librarian with George Mason University Libraries, will highlight the history of the Planned Community Archives, a research collection developed by the community in Reston and donated to the George Mason University Libraries.

  • Dr. Zachary M. Schrag, Professor of U.S. History in the George Mason University Department of History and Art History, will introduce three students scholars selected to present their research on Reston history.

  • Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Director of George Mason University’s African and African-American Studies, will moderate.

This program is cosponsored by George Mason University Libraries and the Reston Museum and Historic Trust and is presented with the generous support of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

For information about the symposium, contact 703-993-2221; speccoll@gmu.edu

Chamber to Sponsor a Free Movie Night

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce will host a free “Movie Night at the Chamber” to benefit the Washington West Film Festival on Thursday, May 1, from 6-9 p.m. They will screen the Tom Hank’s produced award-winning film “An Article of Hope,” directed by D.C. native Dan Cohen. Cohen will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film, along with Washington West Film Festival president, Brad Russell.

The screening will in the Chamber offices located at 1763 Fountain Drive, Reston, from 6-9 p.m. Refreshments and the requisite popcorn will be provided.

To RSVP for this event, contact Mark Ingrao at marki@restonchamber.org or call 703-707-9045 to reserve your seat. Contributions are appreciated.

Kia to Sponsor Fine Arts Festival

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) announced that Kia Motors America (KMA), and its new K900 luxury sedan, has become the Signature Sponsor of this year’s

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, held May 16-18 at Reston Town Center. In making the announcement, GRACE released its new festival logo that will appear in all promotional and marketing materials for the event.

“Securing a widely-recognized and respected lead sponsor is a testament to the preeminent nature of this event on the Northern Virginia calendar,” said GRACE Executive Director Holly McCullough. “The Festival, which features over 200 juried artists from around the country, is already a nationally top-ranked fine art and craft festival, attracting 30,000 visitors annually. With the Kia K900 sponsorship we can continue our efforts to make the Festival an even more dynamic destination event in the region.”

A K900 will be on display throughout the Festival weekend. In addition to the artwork on display, the Festival includes a ticketed Opening Night Party on Friday, May 16 (5-8 p.m.), musical performances throughout the weekend, an Il Fornaio hospitality station in The M Group Pavilion, a Family Art Park

(featuring children’s art activities, a public art project, and face painting), and—new this year—a special Celebrity Cruise Raffle (a one-week cruise for two).