Families Reaching Out Group (FROG) is having a drive to collect new shoes for needy children all month this February. Donations are accepted at Froggy's Closet at 32 E. Piccadilly St. in Winchester.
Come see what happens when 2 non-profits join force! Families Reaching Out Group (F.R.O.G.) and the Firefly Cafe are joining together on Friday, December 1, 2016 at Firefly Cafe. You will be helping two indispensable groups in the community at one time. Come in from 2PM-7PM and enjoy, soups, salads, and a glass of wine. Jimmy Lee will be playing from 4PM-6PM. The busy Holiday Season is going to be upon us and you will enjoy the laid-back atmosphere at Firefly Cafe. Part of the proceeds will benefit F.R.O.G. for all items needed to help foster children, children at risk and children in need. Our mission is to care enough to provide the basics and beyond that ALL Children deserve. Give this Holiday Season to F.R.O.G. and FIREFLY CAFE in an easy, delicious way.
Also visit Talbot's as they will be hosting a Fashionable Fundraiser at the same time; from 2:00PM to 6:00PM.
Your support is much appreciated.
Froggy’s Closet was selected as American Woodmark's beneficiary of this year’s National Sales Meeting Clothing Drive! FROG Director, Tina Marie Scully, will speak about FROG at their annual meeting on July 12th at Landsdowne Resort & Spa in Leesburg VA.
Froggy's Closet participated in the 90th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade with a float themed "It's Raining Frogs: Children Bloom with FROG's Help." We are very excited to announce that we won three awards: The 1st Place Overall Sweepstakes Award, the Apple Blossom Theme Award, and 1st place in the Communities Participation/Nonprofessionally Built category. Thanks to Anne Utz for coordinating this, to Richard Kibler for creating and donating the float, and volunteer Tamara Haack and FROG board member Jason Lapp for helping to make this happen on parade day.
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) publishes a magazine, Cooperative Living, every quarter. The May 2017 issue includes a story and photos by Preston Knight, SVEC's Public Relations Representative. Thanks to SVEC and Preston for this wonderful article. Check it out:
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On May 3, 2017, FROG was presented with a donation check in the amount of $1,599.68, given by the accounting firm of Hottel & Willis and its employees.
Each Friday, employees may participate in a voluntary "dress down day" by contributing a minimum of $5.00 which Hottel & Willis then match. Each quarter, a firm member chosen at random chooses a 501(c)3 charity to be the recipient of their "Champions for Charity" donation.
This quarter FROG was chosen by Lucy Harrison, a firm member at Hottel & Willis who drives to work each day down Piccadilly street. Lucy kept seeing Froggy's Closet, and curious about it, looked at the website and decided FROG would be her choice!
Many thanks to Lucy and Hottel & Willis for this generous donation!
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Tina Marie Scully, Director and Co-founder of FROG was selected as the 2017 American Red Cross Hero in the category of "Good Samaritan" for her outstanding work at FROG and her contributions to children in our community.
On April 20, 2017 the American Red Cross of Central & Shenandoah Virginia presented awards to local heroes at an annual recognition event called the Celebration of Heroes Breakfast. Individuals were honored for having made significant, positive differences in their communities in the areas of emergency response, disaster preparedness and prevention or exemplify the Red Cross mission, vision, values, or fundamental principles in some way.
Congratulations to Tina Marie!
We are delighted to share a happy story with you. We recently received $5,000 from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) Operation Round Up® (ORU) program. This generous contribution will help to complete the renovation of a timeworn and neglected room at FROG into a new space called the Lily Pad. The Lily Pad will provide a safe, inviting, and comfortable space for foster parent support group meetings, guest speaker sessions, birthday parties and events for foster children, preparation of meals and babysitting space during fundraising events, and more!
Operation Round Up® receives its funding from REC members who volunteer to have their electric bill “rounded-up” to the next highest whole dollar. If REC provides your power, we ask that you consider supporting “The Power of Change.”Members can sign up by visiting the REC website at: http://www.myrec.coop/res/community/operation-round-up.cfm or by calling 800-552- 3904.
The average member contribution is only about $6.00 per year and is tax deductible. This is truly a wonderful program and such an easy way to support our community and those in need. We sincerely thank Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, the Operation Round Up® crew, and the members who “rounded-up.” We are very excited to complete the Lily Pad project and enhance services for children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, or are at-risk.
Chair, Board of Directors, Families Reaching Out Group