Redskins to host fundraiser honoring Gabriella Miller

The Washington Redskins will host a fundraiser to honor childhood cancer awareness advocate Gabriella Miller and raise money for her nonprofit organization, the Smashing Walnuts Foundation.

Gabriella was 9 when doctors found she had a walnut-size, inoperable brain tumor. She became a nationally known childhood cancer awareness advocate during her 11-month battle with the disease. She spoke publicly about the need for greater awareness and research, and she raised more than $250,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gabriella died Oct. 26 at her home in Leesburg.

At the Redskins’ fundraiser next Sunday, 100 guests will have a dinner prepared by the team’s head chef in the Redskins’ dining facility, team officials said in a statement. An additional 100 people are invited to participate in an interactive “Chalk Talk” led by Larry Michael, “the voice of the Washington Redskins,” in the Redskins practice bubble.

The dinner is at 6 p.m., and the talk is at 7:30 p.m., at Redskins Park, 21300 Redskin Park Dr., Ashburn. Tickets for the dinner and talk are $200; the talk alone is $75.

For information or to buy tickets, go to

Loudoun to offer another free ‘HomeCents’ seminar

The next Loudoun County “HomeCents” seminar will be Wednesday.

Administered by the Department of Family Services and held quarterly, the seminars give recent and prospective home buyers a chance to explore topics that are often not covered by lenders or real estate agents.

Topics will include budgeting, home maintenance, insurance, tax advantages, and county, state and regional resources available to homeowners.

The seminar will be in the Shenandoah Room at the Department of Family Services, 102 Heritage Way NE, Leesburg, from 6 to 8 p.m. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

For information about the program or to register for a seminar, contact Antwaun Jackson at 703-737-8213 or

County grants are available for economic development

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has issued a call to community economic development organizations for funding consideration during fiscal 2015 budget deliberations.

Funding is available to organizations that provide services to Loudoun residents. The allocation and amount of the grants will be included in the county’s fiscal 2015 spending plan.

To be eligible, a group must be a tax-exempt, private nonprofit 501(c)3 or a public sector organization. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 3.

Organizations wanting to submit a funding request must complete a fiscal 2015 Economic Development Organization Grant Application form.

To get a form, contact Falayi Adu in the Department of Management and Financial Services at 703-737-8832 or, or go to

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson