Virginia State Delegate Paul Krizek and Fairfax County Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck (courtesy photo)

On Sunday, Nov. 18, the Friends of UCM hosted the 27th annual Capitol Steps UCM Benefit in the Madison Auditorium at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Old Town Alexandria. The Friends of UCM is a group of dedicated volunteers who provide fundraising and community outreach support to United Community Ministries. The benefit raised nearly $80,000 to support vulnerable individuals, families, and children in Southeastern Fairfax County.

Nearly 350 guests enjoyed a delightful evening with friends and colleagues, including Virginia Senator Scott Surovell, Virginia Delegate Paul Krizek, and Fairfax County Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck. The Title Sponsor was community members Doug and Eileen Kennett, and the Diamond Sponsor was AT&T.

“Poverty is no laughing matter for so many in our community, but we always appreciate the entertainment and laughter that the Capitol Steps group brings us every year to raise critical funds to empower our neighbors in need to transform their lives,” said Alison DeCourcey, UCM Executive Director. “We are grateful to The Friends of UCM and to our sponsors who make this event possible.

UCM Executive Director Alison DeCourcey with event CoChair Diane Hanak, Friends of UCM President and UCM Board member Nancy Hawkins, and event Co-Chairs Trish Fowler and Judy Cahill. (courtesy photo)

Thank you to all our caring community members who support UCM in so many ways to make our programs available to our neighbors in abject poverty. Each and every one of you here help to transform lives,” she added. The full list of more than 45 event sponsors is available on the UCM website at
DeCourcey also made note of UCM’s 50th anniversary in 2019 by announcing Addy Krizek, former UCM volunteer development director and UCM Board member, and U.S. Senator Mark Warner, former UCM Board member, as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 50th Anniversary Celebration. A series of mission-oriented activities are being planned to ensure that as many members of the UCM community can share in the celebration throughout 2019.
“For nearly 50 years, UCM’s programs and services have been changing lives for the better every day,” said DeCourcey. “We envision a community where everyone thrives . There is still much work to be done. There is tremendous economic disparity and inequity across the region. Nowhere is that more prevalent than along the Route 1 Corridor. UCM can do so much more with community support. We invite all community members to join us at the heart of community.”