Washington, D.C. — Thrive DC and Weschler’s, two organizations with deep roots in the community, announced that they are partnering to create an event to help homeless women and children in the District. During the Eighth Annual Penn Quarter on the Block: Cocktail Party and Auction on March 26, 2015 from 6 pm – 8 pm, Weschler’s will open its Auction House to the public and raise funds on behalf of Thrive DC, a Washington-based non-profit. The event will feature live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Some of the auction items include an in-home chef-prepared dinner for four, numerous gift certificates to some of DC’s best restaurants, concert tickets, gym memberships, ski and golf packages, and theatre tickets.
100% of the money raised will go to benefit Thrive DC’s Dinner Program for Women and Children. The Dinner Program provides a safe, peer-supported environment for women and children, along with a warm, nutritious dinner nightly, crisis intervention services and therapeutic activities.
This is the eighth year Weschler’s has partnered with a local non-profit for this community event in the historic Penn Quarter. In the past seven years, the business has raised over $90,000 for local charities including Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Street Wise Partners, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Safe Shores, Mount Carmel House, and Rachael’s Women’s Center. This is the second time Thrive DC (formerly the Dinner Program for Homeless Women) has been selected to be the beneficiary of the event. More than 85 businesses have donated auction items, food, beverages and services making this a community-wide effort.
“Supporting our community is very important to Weschler’s. Our annual Penn Quarter on the Block charity auction is a great way for us to connect with other local businesses and neighbors in order for all of us to work together to help our community in need. We do our best to raise money for local charities that provide much needed support and services in the DC area, while putting on a fun and entertaining event for all those who attend, said Weschler’s Manager Karen Weschler.”
“Thrive DC has maintained a core commitment to supporting women and children through the indignities of homelessness and on to stability and independence for more than 35 years. The funds raised from this event will help us continue that commitment and weather a year that is predicted to bring a 16% increase in the number of homeless families in the District,” said Thrive DC’s Executive Director Alicia Horton.
Founded in 1979, Thrive DC, previously known as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, dedicates themselves to preventing and ending homelessness. In the last 35 years Thrive DC has grown and evolved from a volunteer-run soup kitchen to a comprehensive anti-poverty organization open to anyone in need regardless of age, gender, background, race or ethnicity. Each day, 200-275 homeless and low-income men, women and children enter Thrive DC’s doors for meals, job training, employment support, emergency services, housing placement assistance and other specialized support. For more information, visit www.thrivedc.org.
Weschler’s has been an auction tradition in the Nation’s Capital for 125 years, earning a reputation of trust and reliability. As one of the Nation’s leading auctioneers and appraisers and as Washington D.C.’s only auction house, Weschler’s has been in the unique position to auction property from many prominent local estates over the years. Weschler’s holds approximately five Capital Collections estate auctions each season, featuring European & American furniture and decorations; paintings, prints, drawings & sculpture; jewelry, coins & watches; 20th century decorative arts; Asian works of art; and rugs & tapestries. To complement our Capital Collections estate auctions, every Tuesday Weschler’s holds Metro auctions with offerings including furniture, period pieces, rugs, artwork, silver, jewelry, collectibles, books and general household goods. Weschler’s also provides both written appraisals and valuation services. For more information, please visit www.weschlers.com.