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Day of Thanks Celebrates Interfaith Community in Loudoun

October 7, 2009

Leesburg, VA — Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES, an association of congregations comprised of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Ba’hai, and Unitarian Universalist faiths, invites people of all faiths to the Day of Thanks event on Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg – to celebrate cultural and religious diversity in Loudoun County.

The event features keynote speaker Ben O’Dell, Deputy Director at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which builds partnerships between government, faith-based and neighborhood organizations to better serve individuals, families and communities. The program also includes a multicultural buffet dinner, musical performances, including world renowned percussionist Tom Teasley, among others, and the honoring of Interfaith BRIDGES adult and youth award recipients.

Tickets are $15/adult, $10/ child, $40/family of four or more. Children under 6 are free. Visit the website: www.loudouninterfaithbridges.org to purchase tickets and for more information.

The mission of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES (which stands for Building Relationships for Interfaith Dialogue, Goodwill, Education and Service) is to bring together communities of different faiths to collectively address common challenges, and to build bridges of understanding and respect between diverse religious and ethnic entities.

Day of Thanks event sponsors include INOVA Loudoun Hospital and faith communities.


Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES Community Youth Award

October 1, 2009

Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES is proud to announce that it is accepting applications for the Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES Community Youth Award. This is the first year that student residents of Loudoun County, grades 9-12, are urged to apply for one of two grants awarded on the basis of their leadership in the area of interfaith activities. One grant of $1000 and another of $500 will be presented at the Interfaith Day of Thanks on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg Virginia.

The awards will be based on completion and submission of an application which describes the student’s involvement in a community service activity that fosters interfaith or multicultural understanding. Applications must include letters of recommendation and other documentation which supports their involvement.

Applications can be obtained from the BRIDGES website, loudouninterfaithbridges.org. They must be submitted by October 25 after which they will be reviewed by a selection committee of BRIDGES members. Loudoun County students are encouraged to celebrate the cultural and religious diversity in our county and be recognized accordingly. Contact youthaward@loudouninterfaithbridges.org with questions.