October 6, 2009

Street Sense Silent Auction Fundraiser on Thursday

Our favorite local newspaper, Street Sense has been busy: it recently upgraded its website, recorded a theme song with Peaches (!), and now is having its 4th annual silent auction fundraiser this Thursday. As Sommer wrote yesterday on DCist, this great publication needs the community's support during to survive during this recession. And anyway, this event always has good food, an interesting crowd, and compelling speakers. Highly recommended!

Oh and a ps: there are special 2-for-1 coupons available in the current print issue of the paper, so pick one up and grab a date. --ed

The Details

WHAT: Street Sense Silent Auction

WHERE: WVSA Arts Connection, 1100 16th Street, NW, Grand Room, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2009) – On Thursday, October 8th, Street Sense, Washington’s newspaper written and sold by members of the local homeless community, will host “Bidding for Change, its fourth annual silent auction. Over 50 items, donated by members of the local business community and individuals, will be available. All proceeds benefit Street Sense and, by extension, its network of homeless writers and vendors.

Items available in the auction include:

* Tickets Washington Wizards and Capitals games,
* Tickets to the Strathmore and Studio Theater
* A Bethany Beach getaway
* A Lush gift basket
* Handmade pottery
* Tickets to the Newseum
* Gift certificates to Brassiere Beck, Big Bear Café, Busboys and Poets, and Café Saint Ex
* Signed photographs of Alexander Ovechkin and Antawn Jamison
* Many other wonderful items.

“We so appreciate the support of our many donors to this year’s auction,” noted Laura Thompson Osuri, former Street Sense Executive Director. “Without the support of the local community, we could not continue our mission to raise public awareness on the issues of homelessness and poverty in the city, which is more important than ever as we face increasing homelessness in the face of the current economic crisis.”

This is the fourth year of the silent action, and the first held at the WVSA Arts Connection. During the event, Street Sense vendors will read poetry and one will be singing the Street Sense song.

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