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Benefit raises 10K for Capital Gazette survivors

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Capital Gazette fundraiser 1Supporters watch live music at Sunday’s Capital Gazette Family Fund fundraiser in Annapolis. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZThe music was upbeat, but the cause was anything but at a Sunday fundraiser for the family members of the survivors of the Capital Gazette shooting that cut short the lives of five newspaper employees.

Supporters contributed in excess of $10,000 at the event at Fado Irish Pub in Annapolis. Besides money collected from the entrance fee and silent auction, contributions included $2,500 from Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director.

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MoCo leaders and residents turn out to help those hurt in Puerto Rico

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IMG 2883Congressman Jamie Raskin (D) takes on a local grade schooler in a chess competition held during a local basketball game fundraiser for Hurricane Maria relief to victims in Puerto Rico. PHOTO BY BRANDY SIMMS  BETHESDA – The Montgomery County community came together Saturday at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School to attend a local celebrity basketball game and fundraiser to provide Hurricane Maria relief for victims in Puerto Rico.

Congressman Jamie Raskin (D), Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D), State Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-20), State Sen. Susan Lee (D-16), Del. Marc Korman (D-16), and County Council at Large candidate Will Jawando (D) were some of the community leaders in attendance.

Officers Greg Davis and Sarah Federico from the Montgomery County Police Department participated in the basketball game. The fundraiser also included appearances by local celebrities such as rapper Moe Vision, actor DJ Wilson, and fashion designer & creator of Engreve clothing Thar Tariq.

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Rockville lights the night in its fight against cancer

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Light The Night 2Attendees hold up lanterns during Rockville's Light The Night fundraising walk to support those suffering from blood cancer.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  More than 2,000 people who have been touched by blood cancer walked through downtown Rockville Saturday night, holding lanterns high in which the glowing colors symbolized whether they were survivors, current patients, lost loved ones to the disease or helping those currently struggling with leukemia or lymphoma.

Light The Night, a fundraising walk currently in its 20th year in Montgomery County, raised about $600,000. When combined with similar walks held in Reston, Va. and Washington, D.C. during October, the National Capital Chapter will have raised about $3.5 million, said Ria Freydberg, senior director at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Jake Waxman, an eight-year-old from Bethesda, addressed the crowd about his struggle with the disease. “It has been really hard for me,” said the second grader from the Lab School of Washington.

Leukemia is “not fun,” he said, but told those battling the blood cancer to “just remember you always have someone.”

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Council at odds with Executive Ike Leggett over Hispanic Gala

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Members of a County Council joint committee accused county departments of misusing public funds during a meeting last week.

In aggregate, four County departments donated the maximum amount of money allotted to sponsor events by the County Council – $9,999 – to the County Executive’s Hispanic Gala, which raises money for scholarships for Hispanic students.

Under a new County law, County departments must spend under $10,000 on sponsorships for nonprofit events. If a County department spends $ 10,000 or more, it has to be approved by the Council.

“I’m amazed, really just flabbergasted that we ended up with expenditures of $9, 999,” County Council member George Leventhal (D at-large) said. “I mean that is laughable …that was so clearly an end-run around the council’s intent that it creates friction and tension between the two branches of government that should not exist.”

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Progressives Rally

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Raskin and Warren call for 'Resistance and Revival in Dark Times'

MPI JR-0192Incoming Congressman Jamie Raskin holds hands with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

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Warren, Raskin rally with progressives in Silver Spring

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MPI JR-0192Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8) stands with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during progressive rally at Silver Spring Civic Center. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

Raskin billed the rally as the “Democratic Resistance and Revival in Dark Times” in response to the Democratic Party’s losses in this year’s election cycle.

“The depression ends today and revival begins tonight,” said Raskin. “We are not a racist and we are not an ‘alt-right’ country.”

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Interfaith effort raises funds for hurricane victims

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ROCKVILLE – As residual rains from Hurricane Matthew drenched the area Saturday, several area residents raised money to help victims of the deadly storm in Haiti.

Since the powerful storm hit the small island nation last Tuesday, the death toll has exceeded 1,000, with many others injured and displaced.

Members of the Havre de Grace Seventh Day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, in association with the Pray at the Pump Movement, held an “emergency fundraiser” at Rockville Union to help purchase food, clothing, and medical care for Haitians affected by the storm.

Rocky Twyman, a local civil rights activist and organizer of the Pray at the Pump Movement, said the event raised about $400.

“In Haiti, one U.S. dollar is worth about 12, so it’s more like $4,800,” Twyman said. “Everyone can do something, and it all helps a lot.”

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Leventhal targets Executive Ball's balance

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For 30 years the Executive’s Ball has been a staple for raising money for the arts in Montgomery County, now it is part of a political controversy.

County Council member George Leventhal (D-At large) is asking the Executive’s Ball for four years of records from the charity ball.

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