Tickets are still on sale for the third annual Let's Help Kids Dual Gala, an event that supports the Let's Help Kids nonprofit. The event will be held March 9 at the Westin Dulles in Herndon.
The nonprofit was started by 9-year-old Rachel Harris, daughter of local business owner Jen Sterling of Red Thinking.
According to LHK, many organizations help provide families with food and shelter, but it's not often the children involved are able to enjoy extras.
LHK began with a mission to help provide joy and happiness to elementary-school aged children whose families are experiencing financial hardship. LHK programs help provide them with items and experiences they could not afford otherwise.
The group works with area social service providers, schools and civic organizations to identify participants, who receive items such as birthday presents, bicycles, books, trips to local amusement parks, dance or sports lessons, art supplies or tickets to see a play.
The dual gala is a unique, family friendly event. While adults attend a dinner and dancing gala, children are able to attend the Kids Gala next door with events and activities just for them.
The gala starts with cocktails and a silent auction at 5 p.m. and continues with dinner and dancing from 6-10 p.m. on March 9 at the Westin Dulles, 2520 Wasser Ter., in Herndon.
The event will include a silent auction, cash bar, dinner with an ice cream bar, dancing, music and more.
The Kids Gala will include child-friendly food, chaperones, activities and a DJ. Event organizers ask that all children attendees be potty trained.
Proceeds from the event will help Let's Help Kids provide more joy and "wishes" to children in the area.