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John Rorapaugh

Seafood Nutrition Partnership

By | Charity of the Month

Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to inspire a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood. 
We address the health risks associated with low seafood consumption through partners that provide health and nutrition guidance. Through our education efforts, we aim to:

  • Build awareness about the essential nutritional benefits from eating seafood at least twice a week.
  • Help Americans gain the skills to select, order, and prepare fish and shellfish.
  • Inspire a healthier America by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood.

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Wish-A-Fish Foundation

By | Charity of the Month

About Us:

The Wish-A-Fish Foundation hosts fishing events in Maryland and Virginia for special needs children and their families. Our first event was held in 2000 and included 23 families and 38 children (special needs children with serious or life-threatening illnesses, physical or developmental disabilities plus their brothers and sisters). We have grown over the years and now have 3 to 4 events per summer and are honored to host 100 – 125 families each year. Our dozens of volunteers all love to fish and enjoy sharing their passion for the outdoors with others.  Many of our volunteers tell us a Wish-A-Fish event is their best fishing trip of the year!

Our Mission:

We can’t cure an illness, make a disability vanish, or remove the daily stress a family with special needs children has to endure.  We just try to make one day a little better for the whole family by taking them out on the water for some fun and fishing. The smiles and excitement on the children’s faces when they catch their first fish (and their second, and their third….) is a wonderful experience and a memory that will last for years.



National Kidney Foundation of Maryland

By | Charity of the Month

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.



NKF-MD was established in 1955 by Harriet G. Guild, M.D., a well-known Baltimore physician.  Originally known as the Maryland Nephrosis Foundation, the organization became one of the original affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in 1964.  The organization was founded with the purpose of fundraising for kidney patients who couldn’t afford the dialysis that would sustain their lives. Today, we provide emergency patient aid, kidney disease education and organ donation awareness to thousands across our service area.  In 2014 we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an affiliate.

2014 Off The Hook Benefit Dinner

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The evening was filled with amazing local, sustainable seafood prepared by some of the areas Top Chefs. Representatives from the countries finest seafood distributors mingled with fishery management officials, fishermen, chefs, and the sustainably minded public. To raise money for local charities and bring about a stronger awareness that sustainable living brings about positive changes within our local and global society. Eat Local Effect Global!

The Childrens Inn at NIH

By | Charity of the Month

The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health is a residential “place like home” for sick children and their families. Children come from across the country and around the world to stay together with their families in The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world’s leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child’s medical needs, The Inn tends to the child’s heart, soul and spirit.


In June 1990, The Children’s Inn at NIH opened its doors to pediatric patients and their families. Since then The Inn has been in continuous operation: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our doors never close. During the past 24 years, more than 12,000 seriously ill children and their families have made 50,000 visits to The Inn.

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By | Charity of the Month

The Mobile Mammography Program began in 1996 with a generous grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Its goal was to make early detection of breast cancer readily available to the women of the Washington metropolitan area. Dedicated to providing area women with education and support, this self-contained mobile unit travels to corporate and community sites in the DC metropolitan area, offering one-stop screening performed in a comfortable, convenient environment. The program is committed to making this service available to every woman, regardless of her ability to pay.

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The Mammovan is both handicapped- and wheelchair-accessible. The Mammovan is accredited by the American College of Radiology and is certified by the FDA to perform screening mammograms. The Mobile Mammography Program meets all the requirements of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

Miriam’s Kitchen

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Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in D.C. by creating meaningful connections with chronically homeless individuals, placing them in permanent supportive housing, and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing.


We advocate for permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution, while meeting short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to more than 4,300 chronically homeless individuals each year.

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By | Charity of the Month

At MicroGreens our goal is to arm children and their families with the skills they need to shop for, prepare, and enjoy healthy foods within the confines of a government supplemented budget. Through partnerships with schools and like-minded non-profits, MicroGreens empowers children to feel comfortable making healthy choices in the kitchen, at home, and at the grocery store.


MicroGreens is an innovative program that works with schools and non-profit organizations to educate children and low-income families about how to make healthy choices based on a government-supplemented food budget.  Through one class a week over an eight week period, MicroGreens fellows showcase how anyone can shop for, prepare, and enjoy a healthy meal based on a total budget of $3.50 per meal per family of four.

Each lesson enhances student’s culinary expertise and gives them the confidence to use those skills at home, from food preparation like roasting and braising to kitchen safety and team work.

MicroGreens is the project of D.C.-based “chef-preneur” Alli Sosna.  With experience cooking in some of the most reputable restaurants in Washington, D.C. as well as cooking on Food Network’s CHOPPED,  and feeding over 1 million healthy meals to kids in D.C.’s school children, Chef Alli now partners with a number of national groups to promote healthy food in schools – including the Partnership for a Healthier America – and has participated in conversations around food access and health at the White House on multiple occasions.


2013 Oyster Recovery Partnership Benefit Dinner

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Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place was the host to our 2013 benefit dinner. Star studded Chefs and celebrities lent a hand in spreading our sustainable message. Thanks to everyone that participated and donated their valuable