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Hokies to Hold Happy Hour for Sandy Hook

by ARLnow.com January 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm 1,308 34 Comments

Sandy Hook fundraiser flyerA group of local Virginia Tech alumni will be holding a happy hour tomorrow (Jan. 9) to raise money for those impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The fundraiser will run from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at SoBe in Clarendon (3100 Clarendon Blvd). A $10 donation will buy attendees a wristband entitling them to $2.50 domestic beers, $3.50 rail drinks, $3.50 house wine and food specials. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and DJ Antonio Ernesto will perform.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Sandy Hook Support Fund, says co-organizer Colleen Whalen.

“As a Virginia Tech alum, I know what it’s like for a community to suffer loss from a tragic event such as what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary,” Whalen said. “It was the outpouring of support from communities around the world that helped my Virginia Tech family cope with our own tragedy.”

A local company, Project DC Events, is helping Whalen organize the happy hour. Whalen said she’s trying to build on the success of a previous Virginia Tech alumni-organized fundraiser for Sandy Hook, held at Whitlow’s last month.

“It’s kind of a second push for people who were unable to attend, or were already out of town for the holidays when the first one took place,” she told ARLnow.com. “Although some of the organizers went to Virginia Tech, we are trying to promote to a larger audience, not just Hokies.”

  • John Fontain

    Sounds like a noble event, but I swear I heard on the news that the folks up in Newtown have said they’ve already been inundated and want the donations to stop.

    • Tumblebum

      Yep, Newtown is not exactly an underprivileged community. What they need up there is not anything that money can supply. It’ hard to imagine what kind of pain those folks are feeling.

      • drax

        Arlington County is one of the richest in the country, yet we still have plenty of poor people. It’s a mistake to lump everyone together into any group.

  • novasteve

    Arent there more appropriate ways to fund raise than a happy hour especially for a tragedy? how about a volunteering event where you make a donation to partipate in it? Seems to be a little more honorific than getting smashed.

    • Captain_Obvious

      maybe cause people are more relaxed at a happy hour.

    • Major Pup McPuppo Jr.

      this is arlington. bro central. not surprised by this at all.

    • Douglas Parker

      It’s honoring the dead, Irish style.

  • Aaron

    This just sounds crass. Any excuse to get messed up.

  • BK

    There are tons of ways to volunteer and offer support. Instead of judging why not just appreciate that folks are still helping out in their own way?

  • http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57562290/newtown-task-force-to-handle-flood-of-donations/?pageNum=2

    “What we’re telling people on the phone now is that if you are holding a fundraiser in your local community, we appreciate it, but direct those resources to your local community, that’s what the families want.”

    • Rory

      Hey, cut them some slack. They did go to Va Tech. Reading comprehension isn’t their strong point.

      • Nancy

        Math is. That’s why they have jobs,

  • DrunkIrish_Chick

    Beer for a good cause, Im there!

  • Ali

    Ugh, what is the problem with Virginia Tech Alumni?? Can’t they just watch the news for once and read that New Town doesn’t want donations anymore? Virginia Tech is behind the times, and trying to hard. RIP New Town, poor souls.

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    • VT Alum


  • Josh S

    A DJ will perform? At a fundraiser for families whose children were murdered? What music do you possibly play?

    • Douglas Parker

      Something catchy and up beat.

  • igothis

    Send the money to the Sandy Hook, New Jersey Relief Fund. Then all the dicks on this site are happy.

  • Jimmy

    Hey VT alums–

    How about making your fundraiser a push for sensible gun laws in this state? Newtown doesn’t need your money but your neighborhood children deserve something better than exists now.

  • GC2

    I’d be one of the first to donate cash if there was a need by the families, but it sounds like it was a McLean type of suburb – very wealthy. If they were planning to rebuild the school, I’d donate for that, but I feel better giving to St. Jude’s where there is always a true financial need.

  • JamesE

    Some quality comments in here, let’s complain about fundraising some more.

    • Steve Martin

      First it’s free wifi, then it’s fundraising. What’s next – cat juggling?

      • CW

        There will be no complaints about cat juggling.

  • Sohuh

    How is Sobe still open?

  • arlmom

    As a Hokie alum (and now a mother of a preschooler and first grader)—I would love to see a rally against assault rifles/weapons. Stricter gun laws concerning access to guns and registration.

    • arlmom

      Colleen, I totally support your event and admire what you are doing. I wrote the bit about an ‘anti-gun/assault rifle rally’..because as you know the carnage wouldn’t have been as great (or happened) at VT or Sandy Hook if these type of weapons were taken out of the equation.

      As you know, there is a strong ‘good-ol boy’ attitude in VA–particularly the farther south in VA you go. While I am not against gun–come from a family that hunts, etc. I am completely against any private citizen having an assault weapon.

      Good luck!

      • BBMS

        The VaTech shootings were done with pistols, not assault rifles. It was the incompetent background check on the mental patient that was the major failure in that situation.

        • hokiegrl

          …and a mental patient in Newtown had access to the assault weapons that were legally obtained by his mother. Clearly–we need to do something. Perhaps–a household that has a mentally ill person should also not be allowed guns–particularly assault rifles. Why not re-vamp everything with regard to gun laws? Status quo clearly isn’t working. Arming 5 year olds and teachers is not a good idea (even people that support gun rights/hunters can agree with that).

          Crazy people seem to be multiplying as does the Nation’s gun supply.

  • While it saddens me that anyone is capable of criticizing an event in which the sole purpose is to help, I understand everyone is entitled to their own opinons. To be clear, Newtown is still in need of monetary donations. This was reported just days ago by NBC Connecticut: “We continue to be so gratified by the outpouring of support that the Sandy Hook School Support Fund has received,” Kim Morgan, CEO of UWWC, said in a statement, according to a report on NBC Connecticut. “The needs facing Newtown will be many, diverse and ongoing. We hope that people will continue to support the Sandy Hook School Support Fund so that it can be a resource to help the community grieve, heal and rebuild.” (http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Sandy-Hook-Fund-Raises-6-Million-185676211.html)
    I hope everyone finds a way to donate to a cause they are passionate about in their own ways. For those who do support this event, I look forward to seeing you there!

    • Rory

      People just like to complain. If a man saved a puppy from a fire, the commentators on this site would find a way to criticize him.

      • BBMS

        And people love to complain about complainers. Welcome to the internet.

        • drax

          I’m complaining about people who complain about people who complain.

    • drax

      That quote settles the matter.


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