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‘Baking A Difference’: Dog Tag Bakery’s Grand Opening

unnamedDog Tag Bakery will be celebrating its grand opening at 10 AM tomorrow morning in Georgetown. The altruistic enterprise combines two things everybody should love, delicious baked goods and helping veterans.

Co-founded by Father Rick Curry and Constance Milstein after bonding over their love of baking, Dog Tag Bakery was created to help serve the nation’s veterans and their families.  With its partnership with Georgetown University, the bakery is part of a work-study program that will allow more veterans to acquire the skills they need to build a successful civilian career.

CNN’s Jake Tapper will be serving as master of ceremonies for the event, while General George W. Casey Jr. (Ret.) and Army Sergeant Major Billie Jo Boersma are slated to say a few words as well.

The occasion will begin with the breaking of bread and a blessing over the bakery. Along with some tasty free samples, the event will feature live music, face painting for kids, and a visit from Uncle Sam.

For more information, visit dogtaginc.org or use the hashtag #BakingADifference on Twitter.

The bakery is located at 3206 Grace Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

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Reps Gabbard, Schock Introduce Resolution For #GivingTuesday

givingtuesdayA bipartisan resolution was introduced by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) last week that would recognize a national day of giving and volunteerism.

#GivingTuesday, now in its third year, takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, intended to follow the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, #GivingTuesday will take place on December 2.

The worldwide movement has over 17,000 U.S.-based partners, including Microsoft, JC Penny, Discover, Toys “R” Us, Ebay, Boys and Girls Club of the USA, MSNBC, Ronald McDonald House, USA for UNHCR, Nothing But Nets and the United Methodist Church. Celebrity supporters include Fran DrescherJessica AlbaJohn Bon JoviHugh Jackman, and Queen Latifah

“There are too many things that cause divisions within our communities, but one thing that can bring us together toward a common goal is that of giving to others, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said Congresswoman Gabbard. “We should always be looking for opportunities to serve others and give generously of our time and resources to worthy causes. ‘Giving Tuesday’ is a great way to raise awareness of our responsibility to serve others before ourselves, and give back to our communities. I encourage everyone to embrace these values and the spirit of Giving Tuesday.”

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Top 10 Finalists Named for ‘CNN Heroes’

The top 10 finalists for the annual “CNN Heroes” special were announced this morning by Anderson Cooper on “New Day,” a list that includes Arthur Bloom, a professional musician who provides music therapy to injured soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Bloom’s organization MusiCorps, as well as those of the other nine finalists, will receive a $25,000 grant to further his cause. The 2014 Hero of the Year, to be named during a CNN special airing Sunday, December 7 at 8 pm, will receive an additional $100,000.

Voting for the competition is open through Sunday, Nov. 16.

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The Huffington Post Presents ‘Ferguson: The Untold Story’

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 15.37.31The Huffington Post today announced a series of coverage from Ferguson, but different than what’s made headlines in the nearly two weeks since the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

“Ferguson: The Untold Story” highlights the inspiring acts of kindness and generosity in the St. Louis suburb.

Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of HuffPost, writes in a post introducing the series, “Endlessly rerunning protests getting out of hand, looting, tear-gassing and arrests is not giving viewers a full picture of what is happening in the community at large…This untold story is one of compassion, ingenuity, kindness, trust, collaboration and community — of the many who have reached out to help those caught in middle of the conflict, whether children who couldn’t go to school or strangers without a place to stay.”

Already, 20 articles and HuffPost live interviews are a part of the collection, from people protecting stores against looters to persons donating food to needy families and free activities for children. Check out the full series, here.

WTOP To Award $30,000 to Local Non-Profits

WTOP announced today that it will sponsor an online contest called “Click for a Cause” which gives D.C. area non-profit organizations the chance to vie for one of three $10,000 grand prizes. Runners-up will each win $5,000 worth of commercials to advertise their organizations on WTOP.

From the press release:

The prizes will be awarded in three categories, based on an organization’s annual expenses – large (over $13.5 million), medium ($3.5 – $13.5 million) and small (up to $3.5 million).  Winners are based on the highest number of votes (likes) received during the contest…

Voting will take place April 21 through 5 pm on Friday April 25.  Voting is accomplished by visiting the Click for a Cause page at wtop.com/clickforacause, and clicking “like” on the charity you wish to vote for.  Listeners must have a Facebook account to participate and people can vote for as many charities as they wish, but only once per charity.

Congratulations Savannah!

A big FBDC congrats to Savannah Guthrie who is now both preggers and hitched! That actually sounds terrible to us -but we are hedonistic ne’er-do-wells, so what do we know?

The former NBC WH Correspondent made the announcements today on “Today.” As you can see in the video below, her co-workers at 30 Rock were all quite pleased -with the notable exception of Carson Daly -who was super quiet and awkward. Even more than usual. Mayhaps he was super bummed at not being invited to the wedding? Matt and Al were gloating. Or maybe he was just swallowing his despair upon realizing that his elaborate scheme for stealing Savannah from Mike Feldman (what other reason could there possibly be for him to be on the “Today” Show?????) had finally, truly failed.

Or maybe he was gassy. Gass makes us awkward, too.

Here, you decide:

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Jake Tapper, A Better Human Than You, Adopts a Soldier

Jake Tapper and the crew at “The Lead” have adopted a soldier and are sending him a care package. Makes ya feel warm and fuzzy because there is still some good left in the world / terrible because you will not do this, probably.

The adoptee is an 18 year old (soon to be 19 year old) from Pennsylvania whose tour will be up in November. Tapper says the group Homefront Hugs asked him to adopt the soldier and they “seemed like a cool and heartfelt program” so he agreed.

 

CNN Beats Fox…at Donating Food

CNN may be chronically behind in the ratings, but at least in one area, they’ve managed to best Fox News -and every other DC media organization for that matter: collecting food for the homeless.

Since 2012, Washington media outlets have been participating in an event known as the annual “Feeding Frenzy,” where they compete amongst each other to see who can collect the most food and canned goods to donate to local hunger charity So Others Might Eat (SOME). The past two years, Fox News has dominated. Not so in 2014!

This year, CNN’s Washington bureau proved themselves charitable beyond compare, collecting a whopping  1,291 pounds of food for SOME. That’s compared to Fox News’ 1,014 pounds. CBS, ABC, and WTOP round out the top five food-raisers with 555 lbs, 529 lbs, and 300 lbs respectively.

Ah, victory is sweet. And sometimes savory.

Congrats to the good folks at CNN, and to everyone who donated food this holiday season.

Them’s Fighting Words! Harvey Weinstein to Take on NRA

nraHollywood heavy weight Harvey Weinstein recently announced to host Howard Stern on his radio show that he has plans to make a film to take down the National Rifle Association.

“I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” Weinstein said yesterday on The Howard Stern Show. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”

‘I shouldn’t say this?’ Well then why are you on a satellite radio show? Also, that sounds like a threat, and no one likes a bully, especially in 2014.

Of course Washington Times Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, author of the widely popular Emily Gets Her Gun” column turned book had an opinion about said interview. Read what she had to say here.

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