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  • 4th Annual Owen Wicks Scholarship Award Recipient

    On June 3rd, the fourth annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Megan Westmoreland. Megan graduated Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.75 – 3.9) from Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia on May 25, 2017. 

    This scholarship is in remembrance of 16 year old, Owen Wicks, who fought and lost his battle with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2012. The Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship recognizes students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Science and who also displays a compassion for helping others within their community. This award is to help ensure that Owen’s sense of humor, perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and passion for helping others are his legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

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    Megan was awarded this scholarship based on her plans to attend the University of Mary Washington, where she will major in Biology. Megan has been active in community service throughout her childhood. She has volunteered with Toys for Tots, mentors younger children as part of the big buddy system, and actively helps others through her participation in the National Honor Society. Megan has also volunteered countless hours helping WestRash Charities raise over $200,000 for various charitable organizations over the past 14 years. 

    Megan & Deena Scholarship Award

    There is a quote by John Wesley on the scholarship award that exemplifies both Owen and Megan’s commitment to helping others:

    “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, at all the times you can,

    With all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can”

    Please join us in congratulating Megan on her scholarship award.  We wish her all the best as she pursues her dreams.

  • 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament April 22nd

    WestRash Charities 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Bristow Manor Golf course on April 22nd. Proceeds will benefit Pediatric Cancer Research & CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for abused and neglected children. Visit our Golf events page for more details.

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    Pediatric Cancer speech at local high school

    Filled with nerves and anticipation that speaking in front of 2,000 people can bring our VP, Deena Westenhofer, spoke to the students and faculty at James Madison High School in Vienna, VA on February 10th, 2017.   Deena was asked to share her son Owen’s story about his fight with cancer as part of the school’s fundraising activities for Children’s National – Experimental Therapeutics Program.  

    Deena talked to the students about how shocked her family was to learn about Owen’s cancer.  She discussed the challenges of the various chemotherapy and surgeries required during the course of his treatment.  She expressed her heartbreak in the end when they were told there were no more treatment options for Owen.  

    She explained to the students that Owen’s story didn’t end there.  His legacy continues in our charity’s efforts to raise hope, awareness, and funding for pediatric cancer research.  She told them  that their efforts to raise money would help to fund new and innovative research being done at Children’s,  research that may provide less toxic treatments or cures for children. 

    As of the 10th of February, students at James Madison High School had raised $3,580 for Children’s National – Experimental Therapeutics Program with their t-shirt sales, ticket sales, and general donations; and  they were just getting started.  Go JMHS Warhawks! 

     

  • Early Bird Registration Now Open for 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    Early Bird Registration is now open for our 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  This year’s tournament will be held at Bristow Manor Golf Club in scenic Bristow, VA on Saturday April 22nd 2017.  Format will be a 4 person scramble starting at 8 AM.  Additional details can be found in our Events section (http://westrashcharities.org/events-list/golf/)

     

  • Registration for Childhood Cancer 5K Now Closed

    Enjoy the lush scenery and fragrant woods as you race along a broad trail through one of Virginia’s most picturesque National Parks, Prince William Forest Park. This year’s event will bring together runners and walkers to raise money for pediatric cancer research and to provide support services for local families.

     Check out our 5K Race/Walk page under the events section of our website for additional details and registration information.

  • 3rd Annual Owen Wicks Scholarship Award

    On May 25th, the third annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kayla Stannard a senior at Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, VA.

    This scholarship is in remembrance of 16 year old, Owen Wicks, who fought and lost his battle with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2012.  The Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship recognizes students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Science and who also displays a compassion for helping others within their community. This award is to help ensure that Owen’s sense of humor, perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and passion for helping others are his legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

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    Kayla was awarded this scholarship based on her plans to attend the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing program this fall.  Kayla has been active in community service and helping others since she was young.  Her most recent accomplishments are being the president of Beta Club, SCA Secretary, Rho Kappa Vice President, Medical Club Neonatal Head Chair, a member of NHS and an EMT for the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department.

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    There is a quote by John Wesley on the scholarship award that exemplfies both Owen and Kayla’s commitment to helping others:

    “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, at all the times you can,

    With all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can”

     

    Please join us in congratulating Kayla on her scholarship award and wishing her the best in fulfilling her dreams.

  • 3rd Annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship (now accepting applicants)

    Details: This scholarship is in remembrance of 16 year old, Owen Wicks, who fought and lost his battle with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2012. The Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship recognizes students pursuing continuing education (college or trade school) in Science or Medicine, who also displays a compassion for helping others within their community. This award is to help ensure that Owen’s sense of humor, perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and passion for helping others are his legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

    Requirements:  Graduating 2016 Brentsville High School student planning to attend College or Trade School to further  their education in the fields of Science or Medicine.  Must be actively involved in community service.

    Submissions:  Please send an essay detailing your community service involvement, why you plan to study Science/Medicine, and how you plan to use both your service and studies in the future.  Essays should be no longer than 2 pages and submitted to WestRashCharities@gmail.com no later than May 18th, 2016.

    Award:  $1,000 scholarship award

  • 13th Annual WestRash Charity Golf Tournament

    The WestRash Charity Golf Tournament is our primary event and the reason our organization was founded. In the spring of 2002, our family came together to discuss organizing a golf tournament that would not only be fun but could also give back to our local community. This year we proudly celebrated our 13th annual charity golf event by raising over $22,000 for local charities including: Children’s National Medical Center  (Pediatric Cancer Research), CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocacy), and other local charitable organizations.

    Check out our photos to see how much fun we all had:

     

    13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Photos

    13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Photo Album

     

    These kids ran the charity bake sale, managed contest holes, and participated in our event: 

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    Their charity bake sale held raised the highest donation amount to date –  $700!

    We want to personally thank all of our Sponsors for contributing to the success of our event:

    • Logis-Tech Inc
    • Executive Moving Company
    • RW Murray
    • GolfSmith
    • Route 1 GMC
    • Splash Consulting
    • Kathy Bailey Irevocable Trust
    • The Silvers Family
    • The Senter Family
    • The Powers Family
    • The Westenhofer Family
    • The Grable Family
    • The Colwell Family
    • The Campbell Family
    • The Clark Family
    • The O’Donoghue Family
    • Peggy Sutherland
    • Angel Bryan & Family
    • Cevet Adams
    • Mel Horton
    • Jason Brewer
    • Edward Shepardson

    And finally a shout out to our wonderful volunteers.  We could not have done it without your help!

    • Adi Westenhofer
    • Angela Bryan
    • Emma Bryan
    • Leslie Simpson
    • Caroline Mewes
    • Jonathan Mewes
    • Victoria Mewes
    • Caroline Silvers
    • Tracie Silvers
    • Peggy Sutherland

  • Registration for 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Now Open

    Our 13th Annual Charity Golf Event Registration is now open.    This year’s event will benefit  CASA of Greater Prince William County (CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates who are volunteers specially trained to be advocates for abused, neglected and abandoned children whose cases are before the court.)  and Children’s National Medical Center, Center for Cancer and Immunology Research (to carry out groundbreaking fundamental and clinical research to benefit children with cancer)

    We are looking for Sponsors, Players and Volunteers to help support our event.  Please visit our Golf Event Registration page for details

  • UPDATE: WestRash Charities 4th Annual Fall Festival Postponed until October 11th, 2015

     

    Due to the rain expected this week and the potential for very ugly weather this weekend, we are postponing our event until the following weekend, October 11th, 2015. Everything else should remain the same!

    Our 4th Annual Fall Festival benefiting Children’s National Medical Center, Pediatric Cancer Research and Family Support, has been scheduled for October 11th, 2015.  This event will be held at the Greater Manassas Baseball Fields on Godwin Drive in Manassas, VA.  This years event will include:

    Owen’s Walk to Remember Angels & Warriors – in honor our fallen Angel, Owen Wicks, and other children who are currently battling or have lost their battle with cancer.

    Muti-Tiered Wiffle Ball Tournament

    Carnival Games

    Food

    Vendors

    …. and a whole lot of fun.

    Details about this event can be found on our Fall Festival page.

    Wanted: Sponsors, Teams, Players, Walkers, & Volunteers  🙂