HeroHomes is a 501(c)3 not for profit foundation established to build houses for disabled veterans who have fought for the preservation of freedom and democracy for others. While these deserving vets and their families cannot regain what they lost defending our country, we can give them a new start by building a solid foundation for their future and the dignity of an independent life in a small-town, community setting. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for these disabled veterans to rejoin society with the security and pride of home ownership.
HeroHomes will host a black-tie optional “Casino Night” fundraiser in collaboration with the Washington Redskins Alumni Association to benefit this work, with all proceeds going to HeroHomes.
• When: Saturday, February 8 from 6pm – 10pm
• Where: Shadow Creek (Purcellville, VA)
• Cost: $150/person or $250/couple
• Tickets include $200 funny money, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and raffle tickets
• Purchase: https://mkt.com/herohomes
At the Parish House: Love Songs with
James and Mary Shaffran
The At the Parish House performing arts series of Middleburg’s Emmanuel Church is pleased to welcome husband-and-wife duo James and Mary Shaffran on Sunday, February 16 at 3 p.m. In keeping with the St. Valentine’s season, they will perform love songs and duets from Bach to Broadway – sacred, operatic and pop. Noted pianist Sonya Subbayya Sutton will serve as accompanist.
Baritone James Shaffran’s versatility and audience appeal have established him as a Washington, DC favorite – equally at home on concert and opera stages. His work with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra earned a Grammy for Best Classical Album.
He performs on the newly released recording of the opera Paul’s Case by Gregory Spears, which was just named one of the Five Best New Works of 2019 by Opera News, and among “The Best Opera in the 2010s” by the New York Observer. He has been a Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) nominee for Best Classical Vocal Soloist for the past five years. He is a frequent guest performer in the Washington-Baltimore area, and with various ensembles across the nation.
Soprano Mary Shaffran is a versatile soloist and ensemble member, having appeared with major Washington-area organizations from early music to opera. She performs at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Washington National Cathedral and Atlanta’s Symphony Hall, appearing on several of Robert Shaw’s Grammy-winning choral recordings. She appears annually on NBC’s Christmas in Washington broadcasts and is a soloist on the critically acclaimed Albany Records recording of Amy Beach’s Canticle of the Sun.
Accompanist Sonya Subbayya Sutton is a noted organist, pianist and conductor. Her choirs have sung concert tours and residencies at major European churches and cathedrals, including St. Peter’s in Rome, Notre Dame in Paris, St. Stephen’s in Vienna, and Coventry, Wells and St. David’s Cathedrals in the U.K.
The concert is Sunday, February 16 at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s Parish House, 105 East Washington St., in Middleburg. Reservations are recommended but not required (540-687-6297). A donation of $10 is suggested but not required. All are welcome.
Nora Lee by Brandt Ricca presents Mardi Gras Masquerade! This black-tie event, benefiting the Trust for the National Mall, brings Southern tradition to the District. On Friday, February 21st the luxurious Perry Belmont House will play host to the infamous holiday from 7:00-10:00 p.m. with interactive installations and comfort food from some of D.C.’s best. Tickets can be found here.