Capitol Steps Fundraiser Nets $400,000 for Embry Rucker Community Shelter

The 36th annual Capitol Steps fundraiser performance on Sunday (Jan. 27) raised nearly $400,000 for Cornerstones to help families in the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

The D.C.-based political satire group is known for mocking both sides of the aisle in songs and comedy skits. A sold-out crowd of 700 attendees came to this year’s annual benefit show at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

“Even though we live in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, more than 1,000 men, woman and children — 30 percent of whom are children — are homeless in this community,” Jeff Detwiler, the president and chief executive officer of Long and Foster, said before Capitol Steps performed. “We believe that supporting Cornerstones in its mission makes us as a community stronger.”

Bob Van Hoecke, co-chair of the event, noted that some attendees may be experiencing stress from the longest partial federal government shutdown, which ended days before the performance. “Cornerstones is here for anyone in our community in need because of the funds we are able to raise tonight and throughout the year.”

Del. Ken Plum rallied the crowd for the annual “Empty the Shelter” Paddle Auction and then thanked them after they raised $100,000 for Cornerstones’ rapid re-housing programs.

At the end of the night, a total of $412,557 had been raised for the cause, according to information provided by Cornerstones — a sizable increase from recent years. (The annual benefit performance raised roughly $340,000 in 2018 and almost $300,000 in 2017.)

Photos by Chip McCrea Photography

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Time to Open One of Reston’s Time Capsules?

Time capsule at Hyatt Regency Reston

Fifteen years ago today, a time capsule was buried at the Hyatt Regency Reston, with instructions to leave it sealed until July 2015.

However, Dustin Imbesi, the Hyatt’s Director Sales, Marketing and Events, says the capsule won’t be opened this month, simply because there is too much happening.

The time capsule, located in a grassy spot near the hotel’s main entrance, was placed to capture “the spirit of the hotel’s past” when the Hyatt celebrated its 10th year in Reston in 2000.

Now the hotel is gearing up for its 25th anniversary, and the capsule will be opened later this year as part of that celebration, said Imbesi.

“We have a good idea of what is in there,” he said. “We decided we did not have to open it at the exact time it said on the stone. We’ve has a lot happening with the World Police & Fire Games here this month.”

Across the way in President’s Park there is another time capsule. That one — with instructions not to open until 2030 — was placed in October of 2010, as Reston Town Center marked its 20th anniversary.

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TV’s Steve Harvey Bringing Success Conference to Reston

Steve Harvey/Credit: Act Like a SuccessEmmy-winning TV host and radio personality Steve Harvey is launching a new “Act Like a Success Conference,” March 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

The three-day event is based on Harvey’s latest book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life’s Riches. It will offer attendees the opportunity to “obtain the tools, strategies, motivation and insights to accelerate success and make big dreams a reality,” according to a press release.

There will also be sessions from other nationally known speakers and business leaders such as Lisa Nichols, Dr. Laura BermanDoreen RaineyPatrice WashingtonHeather Thomson and Paul C. Brunson.

“I firmly believe that each and every one of us is born with a gift — a gift that allows one to live a life of joy, peace and prosperity. The challenge that we all face is to identify that gift, learn how to cultivate that gift, and then use that gift to create personal success,” Harvey said in a release.

“The ‘Act Like a Success Conference’ was created to help people do that. I’m on a mission of empowering, educating, inspiring and motivating everyone to create success in every area of their lives.”

There will also be breakout sessions on personal success, relationships, finances, and entrepreneurship.

For ticket information and registration, visit the Act Like A Success Website.

Photo: Steve Harvey/Credit: Act Like a Success

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Public Art Rising at Hyatt Park

Now rising from the lawn at Hyatt Park in front of the Hyatt Regency Reston: three 18-foot curved pieces of steel in a new permanent art installation from the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR).

The public art project has been in the works for several years. Baltimore artist Mary Ann Mears was chosen in 2011 as the winner of an open call for artists. There was a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Hyatt Park spot in June 2013.

Mears has been working on the aluminum structure for nearly three years. She said she tried to keep Reston’s relationship with nature in mind when designing the work.

“There is a challenge with the asthetic and feeling of Reston Town Center,” Mears said when the project was presented to IPAR supporters in 2011. “It seemed to me, to put a piece of sculpture there, it should have a dialogue with the architecture. You want to create a sense of anticipation of [walking into the Town Center]”

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