by March 30, 2012 at 9:30 am 2,173 0

"Borderstan" "Ross School Auction"

The 2012 Ross Elementary School PTA Auction was March 10 at the German Marshall Fund. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The fourth annual Ross Elementary School PTA auction raised the stakes again this year, bringing in almost $50,000 to support programs at the local school on the 1700 block of R Street NW. The amount easily topped last year’s $40,000 (which was almost double the 2010 event total). All of the funds go directly to the school’s programs.

“We are all so appreciative of the generous donors that make our auction possible. Our public schools cannot thrive without the support of the broader community, and we at Ross feel so lucky that we are part of a community that understands that and gives so much to our school,”  said Ross parent Laura Stack.

Ross Elementary is a public neighborhood school at 1730 R Street NW. The school, like many others in the city and beyond, needs to raise cash to buy tablets and laptops for students and staff. The funds raised at the annual auctions also help support professional development for teachers, as well as student scholarships for their after-school enrichment programs. It serves Pre-K through 5th Grade students.

“We are so grateful that the Ross community rallies around this auction every spring and supports the school. Every dollar raised goes toward technology, teacher enrichment and after-school programs at Ross. The success of this auction is crucial to the school. Special thanks to our parents who volunteered, donors who contributed and community members who attended the auction. We could not raise this money without your help,” said Auction Co-Chair and Ross parent Jennifer Touchette.

“And we certainly want to thank the multitude of businesses that donated their services and items. We encourage everyone to support our local businesses who continue to support Ross and the community at large,” said Touchette.

And that scooter? The winner of the Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics was a teacher at Ross — who uses it to commute to school every day.

Sponsors: was proud to be among this year’s sponsors of the Ross School PTA Auction, along with Level One restaurant, Modern Classics and VIDA Fitness.

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by January 27, 2012 at 7:27 am 1,347 0

Wig Night Out, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos,

Photos from last year’s Wig Night Out at Dito’sBar. This year the event is at Level One on Saturday, January 28, 10 to 11:30 pm. All proceeds benefit the Point Foundation. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Supreme Wig Council is hosting its annual Wig Night Out this Saturday, January 28. Location is Level One restaurant, 17th and R Streets NW, from 10 to 11:30 pm. All proceeds from the event benefit the Point Foundation, which  provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

All you have to do is put on a wig (this isn’t a drag event!) and cough up a suggested donation of $10 (you can give more) and show up at Level One. Says the Supreme Wig Council, “This year’s Wig Night Out promises regular Joes in street clothes and outlandish wigs, all in an effort to raise money for scholarships for LGBT youth.”

There will also be a raffle and $4 drink specials, courtesy of Level One.

Last year’s event was at Dito’s Bar (beneath Floriana restaurant), but the event drew so many people that the Council moved the location to the larger Level One space this year.

by January 6, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,326 0


Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Hank’s Oyster Bar and Lounge now has two happy hour events a a day.” At 1624 Q Street NW, just off 17th Street.

Jack Evans 2012: “Jack Evans: Leading DC’s economic recovery.” Campaign office at 1402 14th Street NW.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Level One: “Level One is casual chic. The perfect place for the first date or friends meeting for dinner. Large parties are no problem, the music’s great & the atmosphere is pure energy. The venue has a large outdoor seating area and is located below Cobalt.” At 17th and R Streets NW.

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Salon Rouge: “Perfection in hair and skin care standards is a must for all of our clients. Our stylists are L’Oreal trained and we proudly carry the title of “L’Oreal Professional Elite Hair Salon.” At 1636 17th Street NW, just south of R Street.

StemClothing, jewelry and accessories for men and men. “Fashion accessories for both men and women. Nannapat Pollert collaborates with Thai designers presenting all handmade and exclusive collections that are simply-beautiful.” At 1412 U Street NW.

VIDA Fitness: “A FREE 3-Day Membership to DC’s hottest fitness clubs! Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 4 downtown urban chic fitness clubs.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

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