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 include Ella Levri, Nothing Defined and Moonlight 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 spotlight 11 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 a gift 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.

          Learn more at benefit.live.

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