Thursday, March 29, 2018

Paddlestar Galactica ping pong fundraiser for 826DC coming up; donate or volunteer to play!


The annual ping pong fundraiser for 826DC, the great local tutoring nonprofit that's based on the Civic Plaza, is coming up. Paddlestar Galactica, where people collect donations for 826DC and wear crazy costumes to play ping pong, is Sunday, April 15.

The event features volunteers who ask their friends and family for donations, and all donations are matched up to $35,000 as well.

If you'd like to donate, please do! If you're interested in playing (and by playing you agree to help raise money) contact pingpong@826dc.org. Here's more details:
WAIT, WHAT'S HAPPENING?

826DC is raising money by having volunteers and friends compete in a bracket-style ping-pong tournament. Participants have the month of March and part of April to fundraise before competing at the main event. The more money each team raises the more cheats they’ll be able to “purchase” on the day of the tournament.
Eager to know more? 
All donations made through Paddlestar Galactica VI will be generously matched 1:1 up to $35,000 thanks to The Kimsey Foundation and Catherine Wakelyn. Double your impact by supporting a Paddlestar team today! 
WEEKLY "PRACTICE"

Weekly in March/April, upstairs at Colony Club, 6:30-8 pm:
Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 21
Wednesday, March 28
Wednesday, April 11 
Participants and supporters are invited to come practice their ping pong skills, flex their fundraising muscle, and enjoy adult beverages upstairs at Colony Club. Each week the top individual fundraiser will receive a fabulous prize donated by a local business. We’ll also award a prize to the winner of our weekly “skills challenge.” These are open practices and everyone is invited to attend! 
THE MAIN EVENT

Sunday, April 15
12-3pm at Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW (In the new Wharf development)
Fundraising participants will compete for a first place trophy and prestige in a bracket-style competition. Prizes will also be awarded for “Best Uniform” and “Bling Pong” (for the individual or team who raised the most money overall). Spectators are invited to help select the winner for Best Uniform.
As for 826DC, here's how they describe themselves.
826DC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind we provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-school programs, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice. 
826DC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation based in the District of Columbia. Our tax ID number is 26-2426166.

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