Second annual Previous City Pageant of Velocity & Fashion returns to Alexandria | WDVM25 & DCW50

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (WDVM) – After being pushed back several times due to COVID-19, the annual Old Town Festival of Speed ​​and Style was held in Alexandria on Sunday.

Over 90 vintage and vintage cars on King Street and the market square with a fashion show, live music and street vendors. The festival was a concept by car enthusiast and local business owner Rick Myllenbeck.

“I got the idea that it would be really cool if we could bring some nice cars and share them with the community. That was about four years ago, in May 2019 we had our first event, ”said Myllenbeck.

The event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and although it’s only the second year of the festival, locals have queued to display their cars.

“The word got around that we were doing something special here in Alexandria, so it took care of itself… We had to turn away about 30 or 40 cars,” said Myllenbeck.

Ivan “Drivin ‘Ivan” Katz from Alexandria exhibited one of the cars from his collection. He says it’s a great way for car lovers like him to get together in the community.

“I grew up in Alexandria, went to high school here, so Old Town is special, and I think this event is special too,” said Katz.

Proceeds from the event will go to charities like that USA Metro Washington-Baltimore Mission: The USO and LIVELY! Alexandria, a non-profit that helps the less fortunate in the community.

Myllenbeck says the event isn’t just a cool auto show – it benefits the Alexandria community.

“It’s a win for the members of the community because they can see these cars up close, it’s a win for the restaurants and shops because those people who look at the cars then go to lunch, and it’s a win Profit for charities as well, ”said Myllenbeck. “It’s a lot of fun and I’m so happy to be able to do this.”

The event was moderated by Burke & Herbert Bank. The Old Town Festival of Speed ​​& Style is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that aims to raise funds for local and national charities.

Automobile present raises cash for Relay for Life | WDVM25 & DCW50

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) – Ordinarily you would only see historic aircraft on the tarmac at Hagerstown Aviation Museum, but cars of all makes and models rolled onto the tarmac on Saturday for a special fundraiser.

The museum hosted the 9th Annual Cruise for a Cure, a fundraiser that benefited Relay for Life of Washington County.

The event, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, featured local vendors, live music and classic cars, new and even bespoke cars for the Wings and Wheels car show and fundraiser.

The event also holds a special place in the heart of event founder and three-time cancer survivor Sara Mulkey. She started the event in Hampton, Virginia with her father, a cancer survivor of over 20 years, before moving to Hagerstown in 2010 and continuing the fundraiser.

“It means the world to me. Many of them are auto club members from the Stablemates Mustang Club. We got other clubs involved and only people who hear from us through word of mouth, ”Mulkey explained. “But for me it really warms my heart to see all these people out here.”

Billy Hahn helped Mulkey plan the annual event, which typically lasts around 6 months, and was delighted with the participation this year. He stated that the final Cruise for a Cure of 2019 was dampened slightly by the rain and then the pandemic.

Last year, while complying with COVID safety precautions, Cruise for a Cure was able to hold a small cruise event to raise funds for Relay for Life.

Native “Shark Tank”-style pitch assembly held by small enterprise homeowners | WDVM25 & DCW50

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 / 11:28 PM EST
Updated: February 26, 2021 / 11:29 PM EST

WINCHESTER, VA. (WDVM) – Three people had the opportunity to attend a “Shark Tank” -style event to win prizes on Friday.

“Pitch Night 2021” is the creation of two small business owners – Crystel Smith and Alex Skinner – who wanted to encourage young business people, especially after all the adversity of the pandemic.

“Pitch Night was my chance to give them the opportunity to be around people who believed in them, create a little confidence in themselves, and be around business professionals to offer this business advice, right? And to give them the resources to raise capital to grow their business, ”said Smith.

Before the event began, the finalists were trained by Skinner, the owner of InnoVault in Winchester, where Pitch Night 2021 was taking place.

“He gave some really good tips on how to pitch in general. And especially how to summarize a lot of information in 10 minutes, ”said Dustyn Vallies, a finalist who served.LocalFood network“A company focused on connecting farmers with truck drivers and moving local food.

Finalist awards included $ 1,000 for growing their business, one to two months of personal coaching from Smith, a copy of Smith’s book, Business 101, and months of use of the InnoVault space. Only three finalists were selected from a pool of people who applied to participate.

“I was really excited – and actually surprised – that I was selected just because I had never done anything like this before,” said Paulius Mui, finalist and co-founder of “Table rounds“A word association game that focuses on improving people’s understanding of medical terminology. “And so my team and I decided to apply and then we heard back that I could do the pitch.”

In the end, Kelly Botta won the event for her company “SMARTYPANTS MEDICINE“That was created to transform primary health care – for people with or without health insurance – to make it more affordable and accessible.

“I am very surprised. I am really relieved. I was very nervous. It’s a whole different and new idea so I was excited but nervous. I’m glad I decided to do it and I’m very grateful, ”said Botta.

And the pitch nights are not over yet. Smith has already planned the second part of the pitch night, which is scheduled for May 28, 2021. And prices will stay the same, according to Smith.

“This is your opportunity to share your idea with a panel of experts, a community of people who believe in you and investors who want to invest,” said Smith.

For more information on LocalFood Network, see Here.

For more information on table rounds, see Here.

More information about SMARTYPANTSMEDICINE can be found at Here.

Native farmer making an attempt to boost cash to donate eggs to Weston meals pantry | WDVM25 & DCW50

WESTON, W.Va. – A local farmer tries to raise funds to make donations to Weston’s pantry.

Rick Thayer worked with West Virginia Food and Farm to raise donations to build a larger coop in his Walkersville home for his chickens and to add over 30 additional chickens.

Thayer’s plan is to use these chickens to provide 90 to 100 dozen eggs each month to donate to the pantry, which will then be given to families in need of food. Thayer said he was grateful for the support he’s seen so far in the few days of his GoFundMe campaign.

“There are also people who donate building materials, materials, feed and money, and people who volunteer to help. We have two engineers and an architect working it all out, ”said Thayer, who has a Nashville architect working on the design for his new chicken coop.

Anyone interested in donating to this campaign can do so through the Egg-Cellent Donation GoFundMe page Here.

West Virginia organizations serving to the homeless obtain cash | WDVM25 & DCW50

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDVM) – A recent audit found that the state of West Virginia lost more than $ 25 million to a business loan program administered by the state economic development agency.

The loans were made almost 20 years ago under the administration of former Governor Bob Wise and former Treasurer John Purdue. However, the new state treasurer, Riley Moore, says he is putting new security measures in place to secure such loans. Moore, who was elected in November, insists that lawmakers report quarterly on the status of the loans, that these loans meet certain certification requirements, and that the state treasurer is in control of loan spending.