TYSONS, VA (October 4, 2016) — Tysons Partnership announced today that its #TysonsCares September Month of Giving campaign, a month-long series of fundraising events and initiatives benefiting local charities, generated over $50,000 in total donations.
Anchored by a 5K race and a month-long shoe donation drive benefiting local youth charities, the #TysonsCares campaign was established by Tysons Partnership as a community platform for Tysons-area business and residents for charitable giving and fundraising.
“This philanthropic spirit is strong within the Tysons community,” said Michael Caplin, President of Tysons Partnership. “The goal of the September Month of Giving campaign was to bring together the good people and business of Tysons to achieve even greater good as a community, for our community.”
The Fairfax County Public Schools Foundation and Tysons Partnership joined forces to produce the month’s keystone initiative: a shoe donation drive benefitting local elementary students dubbed #Shoes4Kids.
The drive collected over 300 pairs of new shoes, 500 pairs of socks and $2,000 in cash donations across 15 drop-off locations placed throughout Tysons and an online fundraising platform on www.tysonspartnership.org.
Partnership representatives announced at a capstone volunteer event last Friday that the donation drive, originally set to conclude at month’s end, has been extended through October 14. Information on the initiative, including drop-off locations and financial donations, can be found at: www.tysonspartnership.org/tysonscares.
While booming business and economic growth tend to dominate the overall narrative, Tysons and the surrounding area is home to thousands of families living in poverty, many of which struggle to provide basic necessities, including school supplies and clothing.
Elizabeth Murphy, President of Fairfax County Public Schools Foundation, in an address at last Friday’s volunteer event noted that nearly 30 percent of students in the Fairfax County Public School system are currently enrolled in subsidized — in many cases free — lunch programs.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the many participants and volunteers who worked tirelessly to produce this wonderful campaign,” said Caplin. “While this year’s Month of Giving Campaign has come to a close, our commitment to community members in need is year-round and core to our mission.”
About: #TysonsCares: September Month of Giving
The Tysons 5K is part of a month-long series of lively charity events called: #TysonsCares September Month of Giving, a campaign that celebrates the Tysons-wide commitment to community engagement and the work of local non-profits.
Tysons Partnership hosts a charity lawn games tournament at Tysons Biergarten, Greensboro Metro station, on September 20. Over 100 beers! Donated funds will support the work of Alternative House, a youth homeless shelter near Tysons. Website: https://www.tysonspartnership.org/event/tysons-tailgate/
Throughout the entire month of September, Tysons Partnership is hosting a shoe drive for children #Shoes4Kids. Athletic shoes collected during the drive will be distributed to elementary school students in need in the Tysons region. Website: https://www.tysonspartnership.org/event/shoes4kids/.
About: Tysons Partnership Community Responsibility Council
The Tysons Partnership’s Community Responsibility Council is a forum of engaged business, civic and government leaders committed to improving the lives of under-served populations within the Tysons community. The Community Responsibility Council (CRC) is the lead sponsor of the #TysonsCares September Month of Giving campaign. A full list of CRC members can be found at www.tysonspartnership.org/TysonsCares.