MANARC Embraces the Season of Giving by Offering Active Duty Military & Veterans a 20 Percent Off Discount

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) MANARC, Downtown Fredericksburg thrift store is offering active duty military and veterans a 20 percent discount off their total purchase starting black Friday through the end of December. To receive the discount, patrons need to provide their military ID or DD 214. The non-profit organization plans to donate a portion of December store sales to Veterans Moving Forward.

Veterans Moving Forward provide service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and mental health challenges at no cost to the veteran. The vision of the organization is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of veterans and to increase their safety and independence within their homes and communities. For more information, visit http://www.vetsfwd.org

MANARC, Borne the Battle has been established as premier a non-profit organization operating on donations with the express purpose of providing funding to local established Veterans organizations to improve the level of Veterans support. MANARC stands for Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserve and Coast Guard. MANARC thrift store opened it’s doors in September of this year with a mission to support Veterans.

The organization has already made their first donation to one of their partners, VFW Post 3103, a local Fredericksburg branch of Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars has a rich tradition of serving veterans, military families and their local communities. For more information, visit http://myvfw.org/va/post3103/

Founder and CEO of MANARC, Deborah Franks left her corporate position after 8 years as the Director of an in home non medical care company in May of 2014. “This is truly a calling to change your life style and go to work every day knowing that you are making a difference.” said Franks.

Frank says the donations come in daily. “We get so many clothes that we sell shirts, pants and sweaters for $1 each. I personally clean all the clothes before they are sold. Hopefully, I will be able to partner with a dry cleaner or laundry service to do this for me. We are in need of small furniture pieces, which sell very fast.”

Franks shared that they currently have a store puppy named Stella “She is an 11 month old black pug who thinks all customers should wait on her.”

MANARC’s thrift store is located on 1108 Caroline St. in the heart of Downtown Fredericksburg. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Friday of each month open till 8 p.m. Donations are accepted all hours of operation. For more information on MANARC , visit http://www.manarcgives.org

MANARC, Born The Battle
MANARC, Born The Battle
MANARC Thrift Store, 1108 Caroline Street
MANARC Thrift Store, 1108 Caroline Street
Deborah Franks, CEO and Founder of MANARC
Deborah Franks, CEO and Founder of MANARC
Stella, MANARC's Store Dog
Stella, MANARC’s Store Dog

CONTACT
Deborah Franks
manarc2014@gmail.com
540.371.1643

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350

The Snows Host Their 9th Annual Toys For Tots Roundup at The Fredericksburg Fairgrounds Dec. 13th

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) The 9th annual Toys For Tots party will be at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds events building on Saturday, Dec. 13th at 7 p.m. Jan and David Snow of Stafford have given their annual party a roundup ho down theme this year. There is no cost to attend the party, the Snows request that each guest bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl to donate to Toys For Toys.

The Snows encourage guests to wear their favorite western duds to boot stomp to the live entertainment line-up for the evening. The entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with D.J., Eric Herod, followed by a rotation performance from local solo musician, Shannon Peterson, the band, Cool Breeze and the one and only Elvis.

The party will be catered by various local restaurants and a cash bar will be available to guests. The party is open to the community to attend, but space is limited. To receive an invitation and to be added to the guest list, email Jan Snow a request for an invite at jansnow2004@yahoo.com.

The Snows are anticipating the largest roundup of toys since their first party in December 2006. Community members who cannot be present at the party still have the opportunity be a part of the cause. Several local Fredericksburg area businesses are participating by hosting Toys for Tots boxes at their location of business. Anyone is welcome to donate a new unwrapped toy to any of the drop off locations listed below and their donation will go to benefit the Snows Toys For Tots roundup.

All donations from the drop off locations will be combined with the donations from the guests at the party. Several uniformed Marines will be present at the party and will collect all the toys to bring to the warehouse for local distribution. The Snows have created a donation page where the community can make a donation for the Marines to purchase a toy to be able to bring to the party so they can attend at no cost. For more information, visit http://www.gofundme.com/snowstoysfortots

THE SNOWS TOY FOR TOYS ROUNDUP DONATION DROP OFF LOCATIONS
Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork
The Tavern (Lees Hill)
The Timbers (Ruther Glen)
Wilkerson Restaurant
Tatle Tales
Arista Real Estate
Hometown Garage
Walmart Vision Center Central Park
Honey Baked Ham
Simpsons Grocery Colonial Beach
5 & Below Stafford Market Place
5 & Below Central Park Fredericksburg
Century 21 Garrisonville Rd Stafford
UPS Store Courthouse Rd Spotsylvania
Beach Fries Located Thru out the area
Mainstreet Grill & Bar Stafford
Starbucks Garrisonville Rd Stafford
Starbucks Warrenton Rd Stafford
Starbucks Plank Rd Fredericksburg
Starbucks Cosners Corner Fredericksburg
Denson’s Grocery Colonial Beach

Jan & David Snow
Jan & David Snow
Toys For Tots
Toys For Tots

ABOUT TOYS FOR TOTS
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. For more information, visit http://www.toysfortots.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350

CONTACT
Jan Snow
jansnow2004@yahoo.com
540.322.7164

Hard Times Four Mile Fork Presents Alien Ant Farm Benefiting the Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters- Nov. 25th

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork presents Alien Ant Farm benefiting the Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters on Tuesday, Nov. 25th. The show will begin at 8:30 p.m. with Stars in Stereo, Elisium and Joy Ride. Headliner Alien Ant Farm will perform at 10:15 p.m.

Tickets will be on sale at the door starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for ages 21 and up and $18 for ages 18 to 20. Tickets can be purchased in advance at $10 for ages 21 and over and $15 for ages 18 to 20 at Hard Times Four Mile Fork location or by going online, visit http://www.national-acts.com

Ten percent of all ticket sales will go to benefit the Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters will be present at the event and will have a table set up with information about the organization and how the community can get involved.

Alien Ant Farm is an American rock band that formed in Riverside, California, in 1995. Their name comes from an idea original guitarist Terry Corso had about aliens and the earth: “it was just my daydream about our planet being seeded by entities from other dimensions.” The quartet has enjoyed worldwide success and have sold over 5 million units worldwide, and has four studio albums, eight music videos, a Grammy nomination and 4 top 10 singles.

The band built a massive following on the road early in their career via high profile 2001 runs with Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Warped, and as the headliner on an MTV presented Fall Tour. In 2002, fame spread across the world, bringing Alien Ant Farm to the major European festivals, Australia’s Big Day Out and a headline run in Japan. The following year they returned to Europe with Metallica, and to this day the band has steadily delivered audiences in territories across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.alienantfarm.com or find them on Facebook.

Alien Ant Farm Benifiting The RBBBS at Hard Times Four Mile Fork
Alien Ant Farm Benifiting The RBBBS at Hard Times Four Mile Fork

ABOUT RAPPAHANNOCK BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
For more than 45 years, Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters (RBBBS) has provided children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. As an affiliate of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters is part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network making meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles) in need of a positive role model. The Big Brother Big Sister evidence-based mentoring model helps children achieve success. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community, we are accountable for each child in the program achieving educational success, avoidance of risky behavior, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate, or volunteer at http://www.rbbbs.org.

ABOUT HARD TIMES CAFE FOUR MILE FORK
Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork opened in Fredericksburg, October 2004 and is owned and operated by Glenn Melvin. Hard Times Four Mile Fork is a 14,000 sq. ft. restaurant, sports bar, billiard room and the largest live music venue in the tri-county area. The establishment is a first class sports viewing facility and live entertainment venue that attracts sports and music fans from near and a far. National touring music artists such as Saving Abel, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, Drowning Pool, Fighting Jamesons, Saliva and Confederate Railroad have all played the Hard Times stage. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/HardTimesCafeFourMileFork

CONTACT
Glenn Melvin
Hard Times Four Mile Fork
gmelvin@gmail.com
540.710.6771

CONTACT
Glen Melvin
Hard Times Four Mile Fork
gmelvin@gmail.com
540.710.6771

CONTACT
Jessica Burger
Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters
jessicaburger@rbbbs.org
540.371.7444

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350

Hard Times Four Mile Fork Hosts Toys For Tots Poker Run and Ride Featuring American Hitmen- Sat. Nov. 15th

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA)- Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork will host the final stop of the Toys for Tots Poker Run and Ride on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. The expected three hundred bikers will arrive with police escorts and uniformed marines. The popular rock and roll band, American Hitmen will be the featured entertainment for the evening, starting at 8 p.m. and there will be a cover charge of 5 dollars after 9 p.m.

The Toys for Tots Poker Run and Ride kicks off their charitable event at the Toys for Tots Warehouse in Dumfries, VA. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the ride will begin at 11 a.m. Each driver or passenger participating will bring a new unwrapped toy or make a twenty dollar donation per hand to benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive. For more information, visit http://www.wfls.com/pages/20202240.php

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. For more information, visit http://www.toysfortots.org

The American Hitmen band members happen to be former Marines and came together in 2005, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving in Fallujah, Iraq. Playing acoustic guitars after missions with their Marine Corps units, the 3 Marines began writing music together and created their own brand of rock and roll. Since then American Hitmen have played all over the world. They have sold over 20,000 albums internationally and in 2013, the band made it through the third elimination round on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent an finished their run on national television at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall, in NYC. For more information, visit http://www.americanhitmen.com

Hard Times Four Mile Fork is a first class sports viewing facility and live entertainment venue that attracts sports and music fans from near and a far. National touring music artists such as Saving Abel, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, Drowning Pool, Fighting Jamesons, Saliva and Confederate Railroad have all played the Hard Times stage. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/HardTimesCafeFourMileFork

Poker Run & Ride Featuring American Hitmen
Poker Run & Ride Featuring American Hitmen

CONTACT
Glen Melvin
Hard Times Four Mile Fork
gmelvin@gmail.com
540.710.6771

CONTACT
Roger Pearson
Toys for Tots Poker Run
rpearson@freelancestar.com
540.368.5031

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350