BENEFIT Plans Hope for the Holidays Alternative Gift Fair

Loudoun County community members can jump-start their holiday spirits at BENEFIT’s inaugural Hope for the Holidays event—an alternative giving fair with live music performances.

The event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at ChefScape in the Village at Leesburg. Attendees will enjoy live music, complimentary food samples and hot cider, as well as event-day specials at participating ChefScape vendors. Music performances includeElla Levri,Nothing DefinedandMoonlight Ride.

BENEFIT, established in 2017, is a coalition of musicians and community leaders with a mission to use the unifying power of music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations that serve children in need. It is a component program of the Paxton Trust,a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

The Hope for the Holidays event follows BENEFIT’s inaugural Crossroads Music Festival in September. Dozens of musicians performed at venues throughout downtown Leesburg, raising $15,000 to be distributed to nonprofits through a grant program next spring.

The Nov. 23 event will spotlight11 nonprofit organizations that serve Loudoun County children in need. Attendees may make donations to the organizations in honor of a family member, friend or loved one to give a gift of hope for the holidays.

“Loudoun residents can plan a fun evening with their families at the Hope for the Holidays event,” BENEFIT Co-founder Amy Bobchek said. “They can enjoy delicious food samples and hot cider, listen to great music,and give agift to support their community this holiday season. Instead of searching for what you think is the perfect gift for someone who already has a packed closet, make a gift in that person’s name to a nonprofit organization that can help others in need.”

Event attendees can visit each nonprofit organization’s table and select a donation level card to give a gift to a loved one in their honor. At the donation checkout, attendees will receive a Hope for the Holidays card in which to place their donation card and write a note to their gift recipient.

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