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4th Annual Project FACT Fundraiser

Join us Sunday, November 15th
from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Farm Brewery at Broad Run
for the 4th Annual Project FACT Fundraiser!

In support of the Inova Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (FACT), M.E.G. is hosting a donation drive to benefit child and adult victims of sexual and domestic violence. FACTS’s mission is to address the unique needs of abused children and adults. They offer expert medical evaluation, forensic evidence collection, and provide expert interpretation based on training, experience and medical data.

In an effort to support their mission, we are collecting new clothing and non-clothing items during our Project FACT donation drive. The donated items will be distributed to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Oftentimes victims of sexual assault must give all their clothing to the police as evidence during an investigation. As a result, victims will often wear hospital gowns/scrubs when leaving the hospital because replacement clothes are rarely available. This can be distressing in an already traumatic situation. Victims are in need of clothing to wear after they are discharged and able to go home or to a shelter.

Victim advocates and hospitals provide clothing to victims, but they rely solely on donations from the community. Every donation goes directly to these victims, and it truly does make a difference. It is a compassionate way to show support to victims who are in the middle of a traumatic experience. Our hope is that this will help facilitate the recovery process and allow survivors to leave the hospital with dignity and respect.

Helping feed those in need.

Grateful to help Old School Kitchen  (OSK) with their amazing mission. Every dollar donated creates $10 worth of meals.

OSK – “Our Mission is two-fold.  Our project puts restaurant workers who were recently let go due to the COVID-19 crisis back to work. We produce mass quantities of prepared to-go meals -both frozen and refrigerated. We also offer warm options to target those that cannot heat the prepared meals.  

Secondly, we are providing vital nutrition assistance to families and individuals that are identified for financial food assistance through Prince William County, the Town of Haymarket and surrounding jurisdictions. We work as Food Heroes to deliver meals AND distribute meals through pick-up at our kitchen in Haymarket, VA.

The purpose of our efforts is to help facilitate the coming together of our community and to do everything in our power to see our friends and neighbors through this crisis.”

Donate here

A Memorial for a Hero

On a warm and sunny afternoon on September 20, 2019, family, friends, teammates, and current members of the women’s soccer team gathered at George Mason Stadium to honor and remember former George Mason University soccer player and track and field team member Stephanie Hancock who tragically passed away on June 29th in a kayaking accident.

Stephanie was a beloved member of the soccer team at Mason from 1997-2001. She was a four-year starter, a co-captain, and scholar-athlete. She is remembered as a steady teammate, an amazing defender, and a beacon of light. After her years at Mason, Stephanie went on to serve 12 years with the United States Secret Service last serving with the Presidential Protective Detail.

After the women’s soccer game that day, a post-match ceremony commemorating Stephanie, along with a permanent bench in her honor was placed adjacent to the north entrance of George Mason Stadium. The plaque reads:

“In Loving Memory of
Stephanie Hancock
George Mason Women’s
Soccer/Track and Field
1997 – 2001”

Our founder Meg was a teammate and close friend of Stephanie. We are so honored to have sponsored the memorial bench to ensure Stephanie’s life and legacy is not forgotten. We want to thank all our supporters and donors for making this possible through their generous donations.

The color BLUE means so much more…

A member of M.E.G. heard about a local public safety family with a need. You see, their son has Autism and is nonverbal. Recently, he has been using an iPad to help him communicate with his family and at school. Right now, the family is borrowing an iPad that has the application on it. The application alone is $400, and the iPad is another $400. Thankfully, we were able to secure an iPad from an anonymous donor and we provided the funds for the family to purchase the app for their son.