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Turkey Chase Races - 11/27
Chocolates Galore & More - 2/20


bring cheer this holiday season

Coat Drives
Help kids and adults stay warm this winter. Donate new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves.
  • Nov. 1 - Dec. 1: YMCA Anthony Bowen
  • Nov. 1 - Dec. 3: YMCA Loudoun County
  • Month of January 2015: YMCA Reston
Food Drives
Donate canned goods, non-perishable foods and gift cards to supply families in-need with a healthy, bountiful Thanksgiving.
  • Month of November: YMCA Reston
Toy Drives
Give local children a gift they'll never forget by donating a new, unwrapped toys! 
  • November 14 - December 1: YMCA Anthony Bowen
  • Nov. 20 - Dec. 16: YMCA Silver Spring
  • Nov. 29 - Dec. 19: YMCA Potomac Overlook
  • November - December: YMCA Youth & Family Services
  • Month of December: YMCA Reston

thanksgiving day traditions

Bethesda's 32nd Annual Turkey Chase

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:30am Start
YMCA Bethesda, Bethesda, MD

For 31 years, thousands of runners have gathered in Bethesda on Thanksgiving morning to run the Turkey Chase race. You, your family and friends are invited to participate in one of our three great races. Our USATF-certified 10K race and 2 mile fun run/walk are open to the entire family. Our 50m Tot-Trot is open to kids 8 and under. Join us to chase our Turkey mascot while ‘racing’ on the infield track. Every child in the Tot Trot will win a prize. Register today!

YMCA Camp Letts' 15th Annual Turkey Chase
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 9am Start
YMCA Camp Letts, Edgewater, MD


Held on Thanksgiving morning, the Turkey Chase is our largest fundraiser and most buzzed about event every year! Turkey Chase proceeds help send deserving children and young adults to overnight and day camp programs here at Camp Letts. The 10K Race begins on the Camp Letts dirt and gravel driveway, though a trail onto the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center next door, a brief patch around a field and then a short stint on Muddy Creek Road and back again. The 5K fun run/walk is the length of the dirt and gravel driveway and back. Both courses can be run with a stroller. Register today!


Giving Has Never Been So Sweet

28th Annual Chocolates Galore & More Gala
Friday, February 20, 2015, 7pm-11pm
Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne, VA

As seen on FOX5 Morning News, Leesburg TodayNorthern Virginia Magazine and the Loudoun Times!

You're invited to a Charity Gala helping Loudoun County families afford enriching after school and summer camp programs! Since its inception, Chocolates Galore & More has become one of Metropolitan Washington’s most anticipated charity events. Hosted by our Premier Partner Lansdowne Resort, we expect more than 600 leaders, celebrity judges and philanthropists.

Most importantly, it is YMCA Loudoun County’s largest annual fundraiser, which funds scholarships for YMCA programs, ensuring we are serving families who need us most. Stay tuned for our participating restaurants and registration information!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please email Neilsa Brooks to inquire about the levels and benefits.
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