SPARC Supporters Rock Out for a Good Cause

Event raised money for special programs for adults with disabilities.

A charity fundraising brunch for adults with disabilities mirrored The Kennedy Center's on Sunday as local charity SPARC held its annual music event at The Westin Dulles.

More than one hundred people gathered to help the charity raise money for arts and music programs at the organization’s facilities in Reston and McLean. Joining them were Delegate Ken Plum (D-36) and Fairfax County Supervisors Catherine M. Hudgins (Hunter Mill) and John W. Foust (Dranesville). Supervisors Hudgins and Foust recognized individuals for their service to the community and advocacy during the event.

As President Obama was making awards to rock band Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and musician Buddy Guy at The Kennedy Center, a Led Zeppelin tribute band took the stage in a Westin ballroom. Playing to a crowd of enthusiastic SPARC participants, The Mothership performed a free set of rock music as well.

“Seeing my friends dance, sway and enjoy the music was very special,” said SPARC Executive Director Donna Goldbranson. “They circled the band and lit up the rooms with their smiles. We’re very grateful to the entire community who continues to support our much-needed mission,” she said.

Audience members enjoyed a menu prepared by Luca De Marchis, the Executive Chef of Padella, the restaurant located in the Westin. Many also participated in a silent auction and raffle with authentic sports memorabilia, gifts and other treasures.

SPARC is a six year old non-profit that supports more than two dozen adults with disabilities in Reston and McLean locations. The organization says it plans to open more facilities in Virginia during 2013 and will host a golf tournament this spring to help raise much-needed funds. For more information, visit http://www.sparcsolutions.org

* Photo and information contributed to Patch by George Bounacos. 

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