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Join Us for KEENFest 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017Total Wine & More
Presented by Total Wine & More

6:00pm Silent Auction and Reception
7:30pm Seated Dinner and Program, Followed by Dancing

Honoring

Marriott International
Vision Award Accepted by Debbie Marriott Harrison

Daryl and Sondra Nickel
Lifetime Achievement Award

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Visit our KEENFest 2017 website for full details. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Doherty


#KEENSilverStories: 25 Stories of KEEN's Past, Present and Future
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Not Just Community Service: Bullis and KEEN

KEEN Greater DC and the Bullis School have a very special partnership.  As Head of School Dr. Boarman explains, “KEEN's program puts the students front and center. The athletes from KEEN and volunteer coaches from Bullis develop a bond that is clearly evident. KEEN is not just community service to our students--it's deep friendships, and making a genuine difference in the lives of others, person-to-person, day by day.”

Every year since 2013, KEEN Greater DC has had the privilege of being a beneficiary of the Bullis School’s annual Bullis Gives Back Race and Buddy Run/Walk.  KEEN participants, or athletes, are invited to this fun and free event where they are paired with a student buddy for the run/walk followed by a carnival style event with bounce houses, face painting, music, arts and crafts and more.  In addition to all that, the Bullis School donates a portion of the race proceeds to support KEEN programs!

KEEN’s relationship with Bullis deepened further in 2015 when two high school seniors (class of 2016), Carly Morgan and Sabrina Epstein, established a club called “Bullis School for KEEN.”  Members of this club, who submitted written applications and were interviewed as part of the selection process, committed to volunteering with KEEN, twice a month, at Tilden Middle School.  Club members were then paired with KEEN participants, called athletes, to serve as their assigned volunteer coach for one school year. 

“I’ve been involved with KEEN for two years through Bullis’ club,” shared one Bullis School senior, “This year, we have about 20 coaches, which is what we call volunteers. Most of the coaches, including me, have stayed with the same buddies they started volunteering with, so we’ve gotten to know their specific needs and strengths.  I love it so much that I will definitely stay involved after I go to college. KEEN has had a huge impact on me, and the volunteering I do is helping me decide the path I’ll take when I’m in college.”

Out of this fantastic partnership came another great idea.  Carly and Sabrina also spear headed an effort to hold the first ever KEEN Prom in May of 2016 at the Bullis School.  Nearly 100 KEEN athletes attended the event, where they were paired with Bullis student prom buddies for a night of dancing and fun.  The event was a huge success, creating lasting memories for all parties involved.  And, as a result, is now held annually.

“The KEEN Prom is my favorite event of the year at Bullis. The excitement and joy exhibited on the faces of the athletes as their Bullis "date" pins a corsage on their dress or lap and escorts them to the dance floor touches my heart in an indescribable way,” shares Dr. Boarman.

***** Read all of our #KEENSilverStories here.  New stories released weekly!  ****


Fund-an-Athlete Campaign to Raise $50,000- Extended to October 31

From June 1 to September 30, now extended to October 31, KEEN friends will work together to demonstrate the power of small gifts that add up to make a big impact.  Join our fantastic team of fundraisers today and/or support their efforts by making a donation!  As of October 10, the campaign has raised more than $45,000.  Visit our campaign site today to learn more about getting involved!


 

Check out our video: A Day In The Life -- One KEEN GDC volunteer tells her story.


 

Thank you Discovery Communications for creating this wonderful video for us!


KEEN’s Mission: Empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.
KEEN’s Vision: Foster confidence, self-esteem and community inclusion of youth with disabilities; strengthen communities through education of volunteers; and provide families with respite and a supportive network.


Want to Help?

To volunteer or make a tax deductible financial contribution, or donate athletic equipment or in-kind services, contact us at:

KEEN Greater DC
PO Box 341590
Bethesda, MD 20827-1590

301/770-3200
info@keengreaterdc.org 

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