SOURCE: Hopkins House

January 30, 2008 08:22 ET

Hopkins House 15th Annual "Heart of the Community" Awards Luncheon to Honor Capital One, James and Joyce Garrett

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - January 30, 2008) -

WHAT: Hopkins House "Heart of the Community" awards luncheon to benefit the Hopkins House Children's Scholarship Fund, which helps provide pre-school for needy children in Alexandria, Va. J. Glenn Hopkins, president of Hopkins House, will present the 2008 Heart of the Community Award to Capital One for their local philanthropy and executive volunteer program and the 2008 Helen Miller Award to James and Joyce Garrett for their work with colleges and youth groups.

WJLA-TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan will be special guest and mistress of ceremonies.

WHEN: February 14, 2008 - 12 noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Monaco, 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

WHY: All proceeds from the "Heart of the Community" awards luncheon support Hopkins House Children's Scholarship Fund, which helps needy children in Alexandria who don't qualify for government subsidies obtain a world-class pre-school education. The annual cost of Hopkins House tuition is $10,000 and the average family income of needy children at Hopkins House is $25,000. Their fundraising goal is to raise enough money this year to help 40 needy families. Independent studies show that children who get a quality pre-school education, no matter their economic level, have a greater chance at avoiding crime, staying out of trouble, obtaining higher education, getting better jobs and overall succeeding in life.

Hopkins House is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable, quality education for children and family development programs for parents from working families in Northern Virginia, regardless of their income. Hopkins House has two pre-school academies in Alexandria: its headquarters and original school in Old Town Alexandria and a new facility in Alexandria (Fairfax County) along the Rte. 1 corridor.

HOW: Tickets are $50 (Guest) or $100 (VIP). Event sponsorships are also available.

Rsvp. by Feb. 8 to Lawrence Sampson at (703) 549-4232 ext. 4085

WHAT ELSE: Founded in 1939, Hopkins House is named after Dr. J. Milton Hopkins, a physician who tended to underprivileged children in Alexandria for more than 30 years. Today, Hopkins House is committed to the development and education of all children, especially those who are economically challenged, and works to help them reach their full intellectual potential, from kindergarten through high school.

Hopkins House annually honors area businesses and individuals who greatly impact the lives of children and their families in the community at their "Heart of the Community" awards event. This is the 15th year Hopkins House has presented these awards to outstanding members of the community. Past honorees have included: Associated Builders and Contractors, Virginia Chapter (2007), Neighborhood Restaurant Group (2006), Alexandria Hyundai (2005), Wagonwork Collision Center (2004), Berkshire Mortgage Finance, Inc. (2003), McEnearney Associates, Inc. (2001), Morgan Cheeves, Inc. (2000), Jewell Industries, Inc. (1999), A.T. Kearney, Inc. (1998), Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota (1997), Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (1996), Jones Intercable, Inc. (1995) and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (1994).

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