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The 8th Annual Magic & Miracles benefit for Ready, Willing & Working (RWW) was held last Wednesday, December 2nd at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE.

The event began at 6:00pm with cocktails, live music by the Herb Scott Jazz Quartet and plenty of delicious food provided by Belga Cafe, Trattoria Alberto and Geppetto Catering. Guests mingled and placed bids on over 50 silent auction items from DC’s top local businesses.


Guests were invited into the Sprenger Theater at about 7:30pm, where they were greeted by our “men in blue,” who handed out programs as they entered. Paul Pascal, Vice President of Ready, Willing & Working, introduced Master of Ceremonies Kojo Namdi, who is a radio talk show host for WAMU 88.5 FM. Local 17 year-old singing sensation Adalia Jimenez began the program with the singing of our National Anthem.

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and Councilmember At Large Vincent Orange each spoke during the presentation, offering their praises and support of the program.

The event continued with a moving video, RWW IS LOVE, which showcased some of the “men in blue” and how the love that Ready, Willing & Working provides has changed their lives for the better. Check out the video here (filmed and produced by Matthew McClain and Pete Couste).

After watching the video presentation, Linda Brekke was honored for her many years of service as Silent Auction Chair of Magic & Miracles. Linda has dedicated countless hours to the event and has an unparalleled eye for design and attention to detail that always makes the silent auction a huge success!

Next, Director of Operations Andrew Lee shared his story of how he rose from pushing the bucket straight out of prison in 2003 to second in command of the entire group. “Today I am a happily married man who enthusiastically goes to work every day, and I’m the kind of father my son can be proud of,” Lee said. “I owe this to the Ready, Willing & Working, the program that not only showed me how to continue to stay clean and sober, but a whole new way of life.”


Some of our “Men in Blue” with Director of Operations Andrew Lee

The evening concluded with Adalia Jimenez singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to honor this year’s theme: “Love changes the world. RWW is love.” Kelly Maslar was also recognized for five years of outstanding service as Marketing Director of the Capitol Hill BID. Kelly’s husband recently accepted a job transfer to Pittsburgh – she will be greatly missed! Thank you to our sponsors, silent auction donors and everyone who attended Magic & Miracles. Click here for more photos from the event!


“Men in Blue” with President Patty Brosmer & Marketing Director Kelly Maslar

Our newest video, “RWW IS LOVE,” premiered at The 8th Annual Magic & Miracles on Wednesday, December 2nd. Check it out and see how the love that Ready, Willing & Working provides is changing lives.

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Join Us in Experiencing the Magic of Opportunity and the Miracle of the Human Spirit at The 8th Annual Magic & Miracles on December 2nd at The Atlas Performing Arts Center from 6:00-9:00PM. Magic & Miracles is hosted by WAMU FM 88.5 Talk Show Host Kojo Nnamndi. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!

Magic & Miracles is sponsored by National Capital Bank, The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District, PCI Investments – Thomas F. Pumpelly, Capitol Hill Exxon, The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District and The Law Firm of Pascal & Weiss.

This year’s event again promises to be fabulous and will feature a silent auction, live music, delicious food from top local restaurants and an inspirational video presentation about Ready, Willing & Working. We will also be honoring Linda Brekke for her exceptional service as Silent Auction Chair since 2011. We hope to see you there!


Check out this incredible list of business participating in our 2015 Silent Auction for Magic & Miracles! Thank you all for your support! Join us at The 8th Annual Magic & Miracles and you can bid on some fabulous items!

Aveda Georgetown

Baked & Wired


Boutique on the Hill

Capital Teas- Barracks Row

Capitol Hill Bikes

Capitol Hill Framing Shop

Capitol Hill Hotel

Change for Life Wellness and Aesthetics

CorePower Yoga

Dawn Price Baby

Edible Arrangements – Capitol Hill

El Centro

Hank’s Oyster Bar

Hill’s Kitchen


House Calls on the Hill – Heidi Johnson, CPNP

Howl to the Chief

Jeff Lubin Fine Portrait Studio

Lake Arbor Dental Associates


Lavender Retreat

Labyrinth Games and Puzzles

Madame Tussauds


Martin’s Tavern

Michael Anthony Salon

Mr. Henry’s

New Life Wellness Center

Olivia Macaron


Sapore Oil and Vinegar



Total Wine and More

Tracy & Company

Washington Capitals

Washington Nationals

damon robinson tells his storymen in blue audience

Ready, Willing & Working just received a $25,000 grant from a wonderful philanthropic organization that wishes to remain unnamed. This is the third such grant we’ve received from this generous foundation – Thank you for believing in and supporting our mission of providing opportunity to every willing soul. Because of your support, we are able to provide supportive services to over 50 participants who are on the road to becoming productive, contributing members of society and fathers to their children. Below: Team Member Damon with his daughter Amia. 


Ready, Willing & Working is excited to announce that WAMU 88.5 Talk Show Host Kojo Nnamdi will be the Master of Ceremonies at The 8th Annual Magic & Miracles Benefit at Atlas Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, December 2nd. It will be a fabulous evening with an open bar, delicious food from top local restaurants, a silent auction and an inspirational program. We will also be honoring Linda Brekke for her exceptional service as Silent Auction Chair since 2011. Buy your tickets today! Hurry! Our early bird discount ends soon!


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