Make A Difference

Brunch For A Cause Returns This Summer!

The first Brunch For A Cause in February was so much fun! It’s time to prepare for the next one icon smile Brunch For A Cause Returns This Summer!

Brunch For A Cause returns this summer at M Street Bar & Grill in DC. All attendees will enjoy a three course meal and unlimited mimosas or champagne. Brunch on Sundays at M Street is supposed to be a jazz brunch, so there may be live music there too!

Proceeds will benefit Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization focused on combating chronic homelessness by creating meaningful connections with chronically homeless individuals, placing them in permanent supportive housing and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing.  A representative from Miriam’s Kitchen will be present to talk about the organization in more detail and answer questions I’ll also be giving away raffle prizes!

I know it seems really early to announce an event that is taking place mid-June, but 1) tickets must be purchased by June 1st, 2) time is flying by and June will be here before you know it and 3) folks get busy and I want to make sure this event is on your calendar ASAP!

I appreciate those who have been so supportive of this brunch series! Sunday, June 22nd will be a great time to fellowship over great food and drinks while also giving back to your community. I hope to see you there!!


Brunch For A Cause Summer 2014 Brunch For A Cause Returns This Summer!
Please feel free to spread the word and share with others!
share save 256 24 Brunch For A Cause Returns This Summer!

You’re Invited: Free Breakfast Hosted by Safe Shores

ss logo web 300x125 Youre Invited: Free Breakfast Hosted by Safe Shores

If you are in the DC area, I’d like to invite you to join me at my table for the Safe Shores’ Cherishing Childhood Breakfast on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 8:00am to 9:30am.

This is a free breakfast for those who are compassionate about the welfare of their community and want to learn more about the organization. Safe Shores was the beneficiary of last month’s Brunch For A Cause. The organization works tirelessly to support children and families who are victims of abuse; the work they do is truly amazing.

Safe Shores is a direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and working directly with child victims of sexual and physical abuse in the District of Columbia. Through its child-friendly facility and multidisciplinary team approach, Safe Shores coordinates the work of medical and mental health providers, social services professionals, victim advocates, law enforcement, and prosecution officials to reduce trauma and promote healing for child victims of abuse.

Although this is a free breakfast it is also a fundraiser; guests will be asked to consider making a contribution, however no minimum and maximum gift is required. We simple want people to attend and learn more about the incredible programs and valuable services Safe Shores provides in the community.

If you are available on Tuesday, April 22nd for breakfast, I would love for you to join me!! Please email me at If you have friends that are also interested in attending, please let me know and I will add them to the guest list as well.  The location of the breakfast will be provided once you RSVP. I hope you’re able to attend!

Learn more about Safe Shores by visit

share save 256 24 Youre Invited: Free Breakfast Hosted by Safe Shores

[VIDEO] Homeless Man Turns In Fake Lotto Ticket And Wins Big!

This video has been circulating blogs and Facebook over the last couple days. After you watch it, you’ll understand why.

I love videos like this because it is a reminder that there are still nice and compassionate people in the world. Youtuber Rahat, known for his pranks, decided to pull a prank for a good cause. For a few weeks, he noticed a homeless man named Eric hanging outside a convenience store so he decided to help him out. Rahat presents Eric with a fake lottery ticket; Eric doesn’t know the ticket isn’t real. Watch what unfolds when he turns the ticket in to see how much he earned.

You may want to grab a tissue before watching!


Rahat is taking his act of kindness one step further. He is seeking the public’s help to raise $15,000 via to help Eric get back on his feet.  Details HERE.

share save 256 24 [VIDEO] Homeless Man Turns In Fake Lotto Ticket And Wins Big!

EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents ‘Brunch For A Cause’

I came up with the idea in December to host a charity brunch and it finally happened this past Saturday, February 1st. Over 30 fabulous folks gathered on the second floor of Ulah Bistro to enjoy good food, great conversation and unlimited mimosas!

IMG 8623 EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents Brunch For A Cause

One of many mimosas and info about Safe Shores

Upon arrival, attendees were checked in and received raffle tickets. I gave away a $50 gift certificate to The Tailored Man, a gift ceriticate to the VIP Mobile Day Spa and four OPI nail packages. At each seat, there was information about Safe Shores along with index cards. Everyone was asked to write the name of a charity they believed could benefit from Brunch For A Cause (if you know of DC area charities that would be a great beneficiary, please let me know). Ulah Bistro put together small tables, creating two long rows; what you’d expect if you were going to a large family dinner. It was cozy, the atmosphere was great and everyone who attended had great energy.  I’m sure it helped that our waitress made sure our glasses were always full! icon smile EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents Brunch For A Cause

IMG 8630 EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents Brunch For A Cause

Chatting over mimosas before we ordered our entrees.

IMG 8682 EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents Brunch For A Cause

The food was delicious!

 Since we didn’t have the entire upstairs space, it was a little noisy so unfortunately the Safe Shores Executive Director Michele Booth Cole couldn’t give a formal introduction. However, she did talk to everyone in smaller groups. I was also able to connect her to a friend that’s currently in grad school; she’ll need an internship this summer and Safe Shores does offer internship opportunities!

IMG 8676 EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents Brunch For A Cause

With Safe Shores Executive Director Michele Booth Cole.

Through brunch attendance and generous donations, $500 was raised and donated to Safe Shores to help them continue their mission! What’s even better is that this event created exposure for Safe Shores. According to the Michele, while donations are great, gaining exposure, having people attend Coffee for Kids and gaining new volunteers is what really helps them thrive. I encourage everyone to visit and sign up to attend Coffee for Kids, a one hour in-depth introduction to Safe Shores and a tour of the facility.

Brunch on Saturday was a lot of fun! There wasn’t an official program (besides giving out raffle prizes) and I’ll probably keep it that way. We all love to brunch so I want this event to serve as a way to get together with friends like you normally would on the weekends, but expose attendees to different charities in the DC area and also give people the opportunity to network. You just never know who you’re going to meet!

IMG 8636 EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents Brunch For A Cause

Shawn, Chloe and Celia

IMG 8625 EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents Brunch For A Cause

My friends Kendra and Pascale drove from Philly to join me! <3

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone that attended, made donations and spread the word about the first A Diva State of Mind Presents: Brunch For A Cause!  Since announcing the charity brunch, the response has been so positive and I really appreciate it. Saturday proved that we not only love sipping on mimosas but we also enjoy giving back too. Collectively we can make an impact in the community. You all have helped bring my vision to life!

I hope you’ll join me for the next brunch which will be mid-June, right when summer begins :)

In the meantime, please check out more pictures from brunch HERE. If you are a local business interested in providing raffle prizes for the next brunch, please contact me!

share save 256 24 EVENT RECAP: A Diva State of Mind Presents Brunch For A Cause

Dear DMV: Let’s Make An Impact!

To date, $150 has been raised to support Safe Shores via ticket sales and donations. But I know we can do much better than that!

Last month I had signed up to co-host a charity happy hour. The guy who was coordinating the event had submitted a proposal to a venue. I had called him a week before the scheduled happy hour only to find out that he hadn’t heard back from the venue after attempting to reach them multiple times via phone calls and emails. I’m not one to do things last minute so instead of scrambling to host the happy hour somewhere else, it just didn’t happen.

So while I sat at my desk that afternoon, the idea to have a charity brunch came to mind. Since I and so many others love brunch and I love giving back to my community, why not combine the two? That day, I literally came up with the name, a list of restaurants to consider and a date. I ran the idea past a few friends who loved it, so I moved forward with planning my first Brunch For A Cause.

Brunch Flyer Final Dear DMV: Lets Make An Impact!

The feedback has been great since I started promoting the event. Folks love the idea! However, that excitement hasn’t translated to many ticket sales and that makes me nervous. I know a lot of people, my friends included, are waiting until the last minute to purchase tickets (y’all like stressing me out don’t you? Lol).  I also know people can be forgetful and I worry that if they wait until the last minute, they’ll forget all together to get  a ticket. I often wonder, if “so and so were promoting this, it would probably sell out by now.” But I know I can not compare myself to others. It’s unfair to me; after all “comparison is the thief of joy.” But I can’t help it sometimes. *shrug*

I envision Brunch For A Cause becoming a signature quarterly event (speaking it into existence); it can not only serve as my way of giving back to the community, but also  encourage others to be involved and make an impact as well. Especially for those who may not have the time to volunteer as frequently as they’d like.

This may sound like I’m begging and maybe I am. I have no shame doing so! icon smile Dear DMV: Lets Make An Impact! As you all have been so supportive of my blog and styling business, I humbly ask that you help me make my charity vision come to life. With your help, Brunch For A Cause can make a major impact in the DMV!

I hope you’ll join me on Saturday, February 1st—> The last day to purchase is Wednesday, January 29th.


share save 256 24 Dear DMV: Lets Make An Impact!

A Diva State of Mind Presents: Brunch For A Cause!

I am starting a new brunch series and I would love for you to join me! Since I love going to brunch and giving back to the community, I came up with the idea to combine the two and start Brunch For A Cause!

Brunch For A Cause is a quarterly series for brunch lovers who are committed to giving back to their community. Each brunch event will benefit a DC area non-profit organization. Donations will be made via ticket sales or item donation drives.

The first Brunch for a Cause will take place on Saturday, February 1st from 12-3pm at Ulah Bistro on U Street NW. This brunch will benefit Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center. I attended a tour of Safe Shores last month and they truly do amazing work supporting victims of abuse. Please visit to learn more about the organization.

Brunch Flyer Final A Diva State of Mind Presents: Brunch For A Cause!

Along with enjoying UNLIMITED MIMOSAS (believe me, I understand how important that is!), you’ll also have a chance to mingle with friends and others you may not have met before. I’ll also be giving away raffle prizes.

I hope you all will join me for my first Brunch For A Cause event (and of course the ones to follow)! Please share this event with friends, family, co-workers, etc. ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. This is a great way to get together with friends over drinks, meet new people and give back to the community.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE —-> The last day to purchase tickets is January 28, 2014.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” - Muhammad Ali

share save 256 24 A Diva State of Mind Presents: Brunch For A Cause!

Give Back: 5th Annual “Project Impact” Toy & Clothing Drive

It’s that time of year again! Check out details below for the “Project Impact”Toy Drive!

Toy Drive Give Back: 5th Annual Project Impact Toy & Clothing DriveWHO: Kimesha Nicole, Kimberly Rene, The Fellaz Youth Foundation, and Mindstream Radio

WHAT: The team behind the community service initative program “Project Impact” is asking patrons to donate unwrapped toy for a child or an article of clothing this holiday season (2-17 age range). Donations will be given to children from the S.O.M.E (So Others Might Eat) Organization.  

So Others Might Eat is the only interfaith, community-based organization in the District of Columbia that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to caring for the homeless and extremely poor citizens of the city.   

WHEN: Thursday, December 5th, 2013

DROP OFF LOCATION: Avery’s Bar & Lounge – 1370 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002


share save 256 24 Give Back: 5th Annual Project Impact Toy & Clothing Drive

Give Back: Dress for Success #GivingShoesDay

Tuesday, December 3rd serves as #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. In honor of that day, Dress for Success is hosting its annual #GivingShoesDay!

GivingShoesDay Give Back: Dress for Success #GivingShoesDay

Dress for Success will be collecting professional, new or gently-worn shoes on Tuesday, December 3rd.  For those in the DC area, a collection box will be placed on the landing outside of the Arbor Offices at 101 Q Street NE, on the second floor. You can drop off donations between 8:30am and 5pm. Donation receipts will be available for all donors.

Please clean out your closet and make a donation if you can!

share save 256 24 Give Back: Dress for Success #GivingShoesDay

#HashtagLunchBag DC Returns November 24th!

In July, I introduced you to #HashtagLunchBag, a movement that started in LA with the goal of feeding the homeless (click here to read about the movement.) After taking a hiatus in October, #HashtagLunchBag DC returns this Sunday, November 24th. At 11am, volunteers will gather at Lima (1401 K Street NW) to prepare lunches. At noon, volunteers will hit the streets of DC and distribute the lunches to the homeless. If you signed up before, you don’t need to sign up again. If you are interested in participating and haven’t signed up, please sign up here!

hashtaglunchbag nov #HashtagLunchBag DC Returns November 24th!

All volunteers are asked to bring $10 cash donation to cover the cost of food. Lunches will be distributed to homeless shelters and those on the streets.

I participated when #HashtagLunchBag DC launched in August. It was truly a blessing to come together with so many volunteers and make lunches for those in need. If you are seeking to give back to the DMV community and your time permits, I highly recommend participating!

share save 256 24 #HashtagLunchBag DC Returns November 24th!

You’re Invited: Suit Drive Benefiting Dress for Success

My friend Revée Walters and her co-workers are hosting a Suit Drive Networking Event next Thursday, October 24th to benefit Dress for Success, Washington, DC.

Revee Suit Drive Youre Invited: Suit Drive Benefiting Dress for Success

Please share this event with others! If you are interested in attending, RSVP to John Brunnett at I hope to see you there!

pixel Youre Invited: Suit Drive Benefiting Dress for Success
share save 256 24 Youre Invited: Suit Drive Benefiting Dress for Success

  • Archives

  • Become A Fan

  • Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
    Copyright © 2009-2013 A Diva State of Mind. All rights reserved.
    iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress