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Joshua’s Hands Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 8, 10 am – 5:00 pm
Location: 38327 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197
Information: VMF will be joining Joshua’s Hands in their annual Fall Festival, offered free to the general public.  The work of Joshua’s Hands is five fold – like the fingers on your hand: Fall Festival (annual free gift to the community), American Heritage Education, Community Service, Teen Safe Driving and Scholarships. What’s not to like? Join us on October 8th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  The Festival will include an old-fashioned Spelling Bee, live entertainment, hay rides, crafts, demonstrations, a petting farm, obstacle course and so much more! Come share in the delight of autumn – bring a friend and wear your jeans!  www.JoshuasHands.org

The Square Plate Project Fundraiser.
When: 1-27 November
Location: 911 Charles Street in Fredericksburg
Information: VMF is partnering with Artful Dimensions Gallery, a nonprofit gallery in Fredericksburg, Virginia whose mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of three-dimensional arts, in co-sponsoring The Square Plate Project from August thru October. During this time period experienced and novice artists and dog lovers can purchase a blank square plate, take it home and turn their plate into a unique works of art – paint it, decorate it, add a collage, let your imagination run wild. All participants will have the option to feature their masterpiece(s) in The Square Plate Project Show at Artful Dimensions Gallery, 1-27 November – just bring your completed plate(s) to the Gallery between the hours of 12 and 6 pm on 29, 30 or 31 October. Three People’s Choice Awards will be presented on the Gallery’s First Friday on 4 November.

Artful Dimensions is donating $10 from the purchase of each plate, plus 15% of the sale price for each plate sold during The Square Plate Project Show to VMF. For artists displaying their plates for sale at the show, there is a 30% commission on sales; however, plates do not have to be for sale to be included in the show display.

Artful Dimensions and VMF conducted a fund-raiser kick-off and reception at the Artful Dimensions Gallery at 911 Charles Street in Fredericksburg on Friday, 5 August.

To purchase a plate and join the artistic fun, visit or contact VMF (www.vetsfwd.org) or the Artful Dimensions Gallery (www.artfuldimensionsgallery.com)

2016 Cocktails with Canines
When: Saturday November 5 6:00pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Crowne Plaza (Tysons Corner) 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean (Virginia)
Information: Veterans Moving Forward, Inc. (VMF) welcomes the public to join us at Cocktails with Canines, our annual celebration and charity event to be held this year at the Tysons Crowne Plaza (1960 Chain Bridge Road in McLean, Virginia) on Saturday, November 5th from 6 pm to 9 pm. Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be WJLA-TV 7's Jonathan Elias.

Cocktails with Canines provides attendees an opportunity to network with colleagues from the military and private sector, meet VMF's leaders, volunteer team, and Assistance Dogs in Training (ADITs) and their puppy raisers and trainers, and enjoy celebrating our canines' value in significantly helping Veterans overcome physical and/or mental health challenges. The evening's program will reflect on VMF's accomplishments over the past year and acknowledge the continued dedication, hard work, and support of our volunteers, sponsors and donors who work so hard to achieve VMF's mission and vision. We look forward to celebrating VMF's successes and program highlights with our supporters, even as we look forward to growing and expanding our program to reach and serve more veterans in the future.

Cocktails with Canines will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, auction items, and raffle for two roundtrip airfare tickets anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada courtesy of Delta Airlines (valued at up to $2000). Attire is business casual. Tickets are $75 per person. Corporate and individual sponsorship packages are available, and include additional tickets. Register and purchase tickets at bit.ly/CocktailsWithCanines (tickets will also be available at the door).

George Mason University (GMU) Veteran Resource Center
When: Wednesday, November 9, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: GMU Main Campus, Student Union 1 (SU 1)
Information: VMF will be participating in GMU’s Veteran Resource Center – an event that highlights, and increases awareness of GMU’s veteran student population about, the resources available to them as veterans who have served their nation honorably.

City of Manassas Annual Veterans Day Parade
When: Saturday, November 12, 11:00 am
Location: Old Town Manassass
Information: VMF will again be a participant in the City of Manassas' Annual Veterans Day Parade in Old Town Manassas. Our parade participation will include our own 'VMF Float', several of our ADITs and Therapy dogs and volunteer marchers. Mark this event on your calendar, and come out to honor our Nation's Veterans.
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Vienna Presbyterian Church (VPC) Annual Outreach Day.
When: 25 September
Location: Vienna Presbyterian Church's
Information: On Sunday, September 25th, VMF's Canine Team took part in Vienna Presbyterian Church's Outreach Festival. The Canine Team provided 30-minute sessions prior to each Sunday service. VPC is one of the great supporters of VMF - providing many volunteers for VMF, rooms for our volunteer and staff training and orientation sessions, support and transportation for veterans during their interview process, key members of our Dulles Center 'build-out team', and so much more. This was a terrific opportunity for VMF to give back to VPC, as well as to showcase several of our ADITs. Thank you Michele Khol & Dutch, Donna Dorula & Vincent and Mike Turner & Josh for supporting VPC, and thank you VPC for all your support of VMF!

People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards (PDHA) 2016 Honoree Award Reception and Dinner
When: Tuesday 13 September
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Capital Hill, Washington, D.C.
Information: On Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016, Veterans Moving Forward, Inc. was among a dozen individuals and organizations recognized as Unsung Heroes, receiving a 2016 People of Distinction Humanitarian Award from the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards (PDHA). Radio personality and People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards (PDHA) founder, Al Cole, hosted the ceremony and reception at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC. Thank you to Ken & Jennie Dowd, Lyn Sherlock, Mike and Donna Dorula & Vincent, Bob Rosencranz, Deb Harney, Rene Hernandez, Greg Warfield, Larry Grayer and Joe Hurst for representing VMF and participating in the PDHA 2016 Awardees Reception.Thank you PDHA and congratulations to the entire VMF Team!

Marsh USA 9/11 Commemoration & Fundraising Event.
When: 9 September
Location: Marsh USA local Office
Information: Marsh & McLennan lost 358 colleagues and consultants on 9/11 in the World Trade Center. In remembrance of these lost colleagues and the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Marsh USA conducted a Day of Giving in their local office on 9 September 2016 and designated VMF as the recipient of the proceeds raised on this day. Thank you Marsh USA and Lyn Sherlock for representing VMF!

National Purple Heart Day at Mount Vernon
When: Sunday 7 August, 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: Mount Vernon, Smith Auditorium
Information: VMF volunteers will provide an information table at the National Purple Heart Day ceremonies at Mount Vernon on 7 Aug in the Smith Auditorium. Ceremony starts with pre-ceremony music at 1240, official ceremony starting at 1300. A wreath laying ceremony will follow at the Purple Heart Monument located at the entrance to Mount Vernon, and then a reception for PH recipients and guests in the Mount Vernon Inn.
Thank you to the Greater Washington Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) for allowing VMF to join you and Mount Vernon for these ceremonies!

Square Plate Project
When: Aug – Oct; Kick Off Event is Friday 5 Aug, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Artful Dimensions Gallery, 911 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, VA
Information: Participants buy a square plate (11"x11") for $25, then decorate their plate (a "bisque" ceramic plate that is unglazed but fired) in any way they desire: paint it, collage stuff on it, glue stuff on it, add sculptures to it as the muse inspires. Bring the plate back to be featured in an exhibit during October if the person wishes to do so.
Thank you to the wonderful folks at Artful Dimensions for allowing VMF to be your partner, and thanks to all those we net at the 5 August Kick-off Reception!

Heroes on the River
When: Sunday July 31, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 7237 Howellsville Road, Boyce, VA 22620
Information: A Private Event for veterans with PTSD and combat veterans – supporting organizations include VA, American Legion, Boulder Crest, Project Healing Waters, and VMF.
Thank you to the Parkham Family and the Veterans we met for allowing VMF to be a part of this terrific day!

Canine Training and Veteran Support Center Grand Opening & Open House
When: Saturday July 23, 20126 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: 44225 Mercure Circle, Suite 130, Dulles, VA 20166
Information: Join us for our Canine Training and Veteran Support Center Grand Opening & Open House.
Thanks to all our Friends, Partners and Visitors for Supporting VMF!

Frontlines to the Homefront (Oatlands and WWII)
When: Saturday July 9 10:00am- 4:00pm and Sunday July 10 11:00am – 3:00 pm
Location: Oatlands National Historic Site
Information: VMF with other veteran’s organizations and non-profits will be present to share information. Other activities and exhibits include uniformed WWII reenactors, military vehicles, games for kids, and a BBQ. This event is free for active duty and retired veterans. Admission is $10 per person, or $20 per family.
Thanks to OATLANDS for Supporting VMF!

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Family Day
When: Friday, June 24 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: NRO Office, 14675 Lee Road (Chantlly)
Information: VMF is invited to participate in NRO’s annual Family Day , adn will be supporting this family event with canine teams and volunteers to provide information on VMF.
Thanks to the NRO for Supporting VMF!

Adventure Brewing 2nd Birthday Celebration
When: Saturday, May 14 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Information: VMF participated in Adventure Brewing’s annual birthday celebration, providing an information table and volunteers to provide information on VMF, its mission and its program, and to meet veterans and their families at the event.
Thanks to Adventure Brewing for Supporting VMF!

Spartan Weekend
When: Thursday – Sunday, May 5-8
Location: Fort Belvoir
Information: VMF partnered with 10+ other non-profit organizations committed to assisting veterans at Spartan Weekend - an outreach event focused on ending suicide among veterans. Activities during the weekend included a golf tournament, memorial bike ride, Kristi Lee Cook concert at DC’s Hard Rock Cafe, and a Mother’s Day service at the Vietnam Memorial in DC to honor attending GoldStar mothers.
Thanks to SAVE ALLIANCE for Supporting VMF!.

AWLA Walk for the Animals
Information: Thanks to AWLA for Supporting VMF!.

VCA Animal Hospital Open House
When: Sunday, April 17 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Information: VMF participated in VCA’s annual Open House celebration, providing an information table and volunteers to provide information about VMF, its mission and its program.
Thanks to VCA for Supporting VMF.

Project Valor Dinner Fundraiser (Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity)
When: Friday, February 26 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Information: VMF participated in Alpha Beta’s fundraising dinner at Sweetgreen at Foggy Bottom restaurant with an information table and dog team.
Thanks to Kappa Sigma for Supporting VMF!.

Washington Capitals vs NY Islanders Hockey Game – Military Appreciation Night
When: Thursday, February 4 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Verizon Center, Washington DC
Information: VMF was a participant organization at the Washington Capital’s Military Appreciation Night - an outreach event few used to educate the public, military members and veterans about VMF.
Thanks to Washington Caps for Supporting VMF!.

Keller Williams Realty Community Appreciation Dinner Fundraiser
When: Monday, Feb 1 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub (Arlington / Shirlington)
Information: VMF was Keller Williams Realty’s designated non-profit beneficiary for their monthly Community Appreciation Dinner for February 2016.
Thanks to Keller Williams for Supporting VMF!.

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