Seasoned Settlers is a D.C.-based nonprofit organization that was created by Sweetz LaBamba. The organization provides entertainment and specialty entertainment for the youth as well as senior citizens. Whether it is range of motion, minute meditation, or reinforcing their therapeutic aspects, LaBamba knows the importance of helping others in the community. The live entertainment events hosted by Seasoned Settlers bring smiles to many faces all different ages and cultural backgrounds. The events are able to able to teach and inform as well as bring everyone attending together through music – the universal language. Seasoned Settlers hosts events at a variety of locations including schools, churches, universities, and various facilities. Through the organization, LaBamba has been able to open doors and provide unique volunteer opportunities for individuals looking to give back and make a difference in the community. However, in order to keep this great organization LaBamba needs donations from other members of the community. The donations would help Seasoned Setters get the supplies they need in order to continue providing entertainment.
Easterns Automotive Group heard about the great things that LaBamba is doing with Seasoned Setters and wanted to help out. LaBamba was in need additional supplies for her volunteers to fully execute the live events and provide exceptional quality. Easterns donated a Fender portable PA system, an HP laptop, and a Canon camera bundle. LaBamba, her incredible team, and students were so grateful for the items received that they decided to make Easterns a thank you video. Take a look below!
Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC recently came together to highlight a local woman who is helping to pay it forward to seniors of Washington D.C. Norma Hardie is the founder of a non-profit organization called Embracing Our Pearls of Wisdom. Hardie’s purpose for creating this non-profit was to help seniors in the District and surrounding areas with assistance or small things that they need. One great thing is that Hardie has loyal volunteers to help the seniors cook meals, run errors, and even clean. Older people need help sometimes and don’t always have the luxury of having a family member or friend to assist them.
It’s very important to recognize the needs of the elderly because they are the ones who raised the youth. A woman by the name of Arthalia Pumphrey receives excellent care from the volunteers that help her clean and keep her home in good shape. She suffers from really bad arthritis so it is difficult to walk at times. The volunteers believe in being patient with the seniors and take pride in showing them that they will forever be loved. We definitely could use more people like Hardie and her incredible volunteers in this world.
Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group caught wind of Hardie and what she has been doing with her volunteers at Our Pearls of Wisdom and wanted to pitch in and help. The Pay It Forward partners donated a $1,000 check, gifts for the seniors, and even gas cards to help with the volunteers travel.
If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and is worthy of being recognized, Click Here to nominate them. Watch the video to how everything unfolded.
Today was a very special day for both Eastnerns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC alike. The two Pay It Forward partners teamed up to highlight and give back to an amazing non-profit organization doing amazing work in the Maryland community. Unfortunately, every child does not have the luxury of just going in the fridge and grabbing something to eat. Many kids are not as fortunate depending on their parents’ financial situation and sometimes even other reasons. A group of dedicated volunteers came up with the idea to help feed the children in Montgomery County, Maryland that do not have enough to eat.
Katheen Sierra moved to Montgomery County from Prince George’s County close to two years ago. Since the move, her family has been struggling to make ends meet due to the cost of living increase. Luckily, the Sierras do receive free lunch at Highland Elementary School like many other families. The problem comes into play when these children are not in school because many of them are in homes with little to no food. However, the local volunteers from the Kids in Need Distributors (KIND) non-profit set out to change that. Jeremy Lichtenstein is a Montgomery County native that started KIND after hearing stories of children sometimes going an entire weekend without food. Both he and his volunteers thought this was unacceptable so every six weeks a group of volunteers go shopping at Costco and deliver food to 25 different schools. The food is packaged and put into students’ backpacks on Friday afternoons so they are able to eat during the weekends. Last year, KIND gave over 250,000 meals to 1,700 kids last year.
Although KIND is always seeking new volunteers, Lichtenstein said the biggest thing that they need right now is money to continue buying the food. Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group joined forces on Good Day DC to pay it forward to the volunteers of KIND for their dedication by feeding them, getting custom t-shirts made, and gifting them with gas cards to help out with travel expenses. Easterns also donated $1,000 to help KIND continue purchasing the food needed for the program.
For more information on how to help Kids In Need Distributors (KIND), click here.
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Pay It Forward partners Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC came together in the beginning of February to help out and highlight a great cause an a person that is doing great things in the community. They decided to Pay It Forward to Erica Sansing who is in charge of the “We The People” competition club for children at NE D.C’s Kelly Miller Middle School. The purpose of this club is around for schools around Washington D.C. to come together and discuss, and make arguments both for and against the supreme law of the United States. Students are encouraged to participate during their lunch period to prepare for the upcoming competition but are not required. Sansing selflessly gives up her personal lunch time to offer her expertise and spend this time with the children to discuss worldly issues. It’s a great chance for the children to get hands on experience and know what it is like to debate, argue their points, and listen to one another.
Fox 5 DC and Easterns Motors (Easterns Automotive Group) wanted to celebrate Sansing for her hard work. They presented her with a gift card to a spa for her to have some personal time and relax. The two Pay It Forward partners also rewarded her with a subscription to a snack delivery service. She was thrilled to receive this especially with her working during lunchtime. Joel Bassam of Easterns thought it was only right to also recognize the students of the cub as well. Each student was awarded a $200 gift card so they can look their best during the competition. The competition was just held on Februrary 13th at the Hill Center in SE, Washington, DC.
If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and is worthy of being recognized, Click here to nominate them.
Watch the video to how everything unfolded.
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It’s that time of the week! We are back with another Throwback Thursday Clip of the Week presented by Easterns Automotive Group. This week, we have chosen to highlight none other than the cornerback for the Washington Redskins, Josh Norman. Easterns recruited Norman for commercials shortly after he signed his $75 million dollar deal with the Redskins. A deal that made him the highest paid cornerback in NFL history at the time. In this clip, Norman discusses the importance of believing yourself and working hard to overcome any fear or doubt. This is something that anyone can relate to despite their gender, race, or financial status. Norman’s teammates Kirk Cousins and Ryan Kerrigan also shot commercials both individually and together during this time. These three together make up what is known as the Easterns All Star Team.
Norman was a great addition to the Easterns family because of core values and what he represents both on and off the field. He understands the importance of hard work, dedication and being a part of the community. His reliability caused the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community to receive him with open arms. Easterns sells cars to the hard working men and women in the DMV area.
When it comes to Americans, there isn’t much that separates those old and young besides their age. The age gap actually allows for different conversations and various perspectives to be shared. This is exactly what Anjali Patel from Manassas, Virginia set out to teach her own kids as well as other local children. Patel created a non-profit organization by the name of Seeing i2i that pairs young students with a group of seniors to converse, engage, and eventually be friends. This is all done with the help of technology. Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up to Pay It Forward to Patel and her incredible organization.
The idea to create the non-profit stemmed from Patel’s children enjoying the time that they spent with their grandparents. She knew then that their was something special about that bond that was appreciated by both parties. Patel took it upon herself to create a website to test out on her neighborhood. The kids that participated enjoyed talking to their elders and wanted to do it more. With the help of technology, kids who currently participate are able to Skype residents at the Holiday Retirement Manassas Senior Living at the Fairmont. The seniors have adapted to using Skype and actually enjoy it. They get to engage with people of different backgrounds and talk about all aspects of life and have fun during the process. All it really takes is a few minutes to make a person’s day.
Eaterns and Fox 5 DC came together to Pay It Forward to Patel and Seeing i2i by gifting them Amazon Fire tablets so that they will be able to continue communicating with the seniors via Skype. They also donated gift cards to help plan an upcoming party that can bring the two age groups together.
Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy if being recognized, Click Here to nominate them.
Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC set out to start 2018 with a bang! The two Pay It Forward partners recently came together to do some good in the community. They did so by surprising a group of seniors in Prince George’s County, Maryland. These seniors dedicate their time and energy by consistently coming to waterworks Zumba class at Sport Fit in Bowie, Maryland. It’s great to see that they are staying active and encouraged, despite their age. Clearly, the exercise along with having so much fun is what is keeping them young. The class is taught twice a week by Jewell Webb. She makes a conscience effort to keep the group motivated and encourages everyone to be positive. Webb has a unique prospective because she knows what is going on in all of her student’s lives. She sees various students going through the obstacles and challenges of life but still finding the time to give back and help others. Webb said that even she is inspired by her student’s selfless commitment to the community and their families.
Mouths dropped when Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC walked in to the waterworks Zumba class with camera crews present alongside Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing for Easterns Automotive Group. The two teamed up to pay the January fees for all of the members so that they continue to stay motivated and strive to reach for their 2018 health and fitness goals. Everyone was thrilled and very appreciative of the generous deed.
If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and is worthy of being recognized, Click here to nominate them.
The holidays are a time of giving and helping those in need. Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC felt compelled to do just that with this family featured in this edition of Pay It Forward. The team got wind of Olivia Parkman, a Virginia mother of four, regarding a car accident that the family was involved in last year. The accident occurred on June 11th, 2016 in Alabama and resulted in the Parkmans losing their daughter in the crash. It has been over a year since her death, but of course the family is still struggling to heal. To make matters worse, the family has not had a car due to their previous vehicle being totaled in the crash. The money that they received from the insurance company was not nearly enough to get another car.
As a mother, Olivia is doing the best she can to stay strong for her 3 remaining children and provide the best possible life she can for them. Her sons have been receiving grief counseling through Capital Caring in Northern Virginia. Olivia would love to attend counseling as well but does not have the proper transportation to get there. The good folks at Capital Caring reached out to folks in the community to share her story and see if there was any way that people could help. Easterns Automotive Group received word about the Parkmans through Extreme Custom Collisions in Woodbridge, Virginia. Once they heard the story, they decided that they were going to do something special to make Christmas special for the Parkmans and help end their year on a great note. They donated a Honda Accord to the family to get back on their feet and provide the transportation that they need as a family.
When watching the video, you will see raw emotions because no one had any idea what was happening until it happened. Even Fox 5 DC’s Allison Seymour was both emotional and in shock because this was just truly a touching story. However, the surprise didn’t end there. Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group also presented the boys with an official Washington Redskins football. The ball contained the signatures of Kirk Cousins, Josh Norman, and Ryan Kerrigan. He also gave them a basketball signed by the Washington Wizards own Bradley Beal. To top it all off, Joel gifted the entire family with tickets to both a Washington Redskins and a Washington Wizards game.
If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and is worthy of being recognized, CLICK HERE to nominate them.
Watch the video to see the way everything unfolded.
Eastern Motors and Fox 5 DC recently came together for a very special edition of Pay it Forward. The purpose of this paying it forward to this specific cause was to celebrate a young woman’s personal achievements and contributions to the community as her mother fights to keep her legacy alive. Jamahri Syndor was a very bright student that was preparing for college. She was loved not only by friends and family but also local members of the community. Many would agree with saying that Syndor was truly a special girl. She had just graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School where she was a cheer caption and member of the choir. As of that wasn’t enough, Syndor also found the time to have part-time job, volunteer with kids, and dance in a troupe.
August 10th, 2017 was the day that changed everything. This was the day that Syndor was shot by a stray bullet while driving through northeast D.C. This happened just days before she was scheduled to leave to attend college at Florida A&M University. Syndor passed away two days later and is survived by her mother, Queen Wallace, whom is a veteran police sergeant in the district. This has been quite devastation to the family but they are looking for a memorable way to “Pay It Forward” through the form of a foundation, scholarship, or dance program.
Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group received word about what happened to Sydnor and the legacy that she wanted to leave behind so they made a very special donation in her honor. The owner of artist of AA and Beek, Victor Barranco, created a very special memorial to honor Sydnor’s work with the children at Chevy Chase Community Center in northeast D.C. Francesca Scott, who is a program coordinator at the Chevy Chase Community Center accepted the art piece. Scott was able to speak candidly and provide insight as to just how much work Syndor and her sister did the kids. The two had planned and hosted the Valentine’s Day tea party every year for the kids. This story touched the Pay it Forward team so Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group donated a total of $1,500 to the Chevy Chase Community Center to help out with the tea party and other holiday activities. Easterns also donated another $1,500 to the mother of Sydnor to officially kick-start the Jamahri Sydnor Memorial Fund. The overall goal of the fund will be to create a scholarship in Sydnor’s name to help heading to college in the D.C. metro area.
If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, or Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and worthy of being recognized, CLICK HERE to nominate them.
It’s about that time again for another Pay It Forward segment brought to you by Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC. This segment highlights a very special nonprofit organization in the DC area. So What Else was created by Bob Schless and Dave Silbert. The two had a goal in mind and that was to provide after school and summer programs for underprivileged children. Together, they turned their dream into a reality and to date So What Else provides more than 40 hours of after school programs across the DMV area. It takes 1,000 volunteers to provide help for the 60 projects under the So What Else umbrella. Silbert and Schless are firm believers that it is very important to instill the important of giving back into the children at a young age so they will be inspired to pay it forward and help others.
One of the remarkable aspects of So What Helps is that they take a very different approach in terms of programming. The kids are involved in various different projects involving technology and innovation as well as providing a holistic approach. Some of the most recent projects included children building a park bench out of recyclables, collecting trash at a park, and creating art for sick children in the hospital.
The programs offered by So What Else are completely free for the children that attend. This is one of the reasons why Schless and Silbert want to make sure that the most deserving children are able to participate. Easterns and Fox 5 DC heard their story and the powerful things that they are doing in the community. The two Pay It Forward partners decided to present So What Else with a check for $1,500, yoga mats, snacks, and $200 extra dollars for a Christmas pizza party. The money from the check will help up to five children attend their camp. We must commend So What Else for the amazing work they are doing in the community.
Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins recently came to the Eastern Motors headquarters in Sterling, Virginia to film a series of commercial spots. He really believes in the Easterns brand and is very excited to have another family that extends beyond the Redskins organization. Of course, Norman didn’t come alone. He came with two of his teammates, Ryan Kerrigan and Kirk Cousins. The three of them collectively make up what is known as the Easterns All Star Team. Whenever Easterns can manage to get these guys together off the field, you can be sure there will be nothing but laughter and good times. They each shot their own individual commercials that will be posted in the next few weeks but we first wanted to share Norman’s 6 Seconds. This is just a brief introduction and a small preview of many come. Stay tuned for more!
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It’s time for another Throwback Thursday Clip of the Week. In this week’s commercial, we have Baltimore’s very own Ray Lewis aka Inspector 52. Lewis played for the Baltimore Ravens as a linebacker for 17 years. He wasn’t born in Baltimore but the city still claims him as their own since he has done so much for football as well as the community. Easterns also has strong ties in Baltimore having a location in Rosedale, Maryland which is just outside of the city. It only made sense to bring Lewis on board and show the people of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community that two strong forces can come together and create magic. Lewis starred in a series of commercials including this one being referred to as “Inspector 52”. The reason for this is because in each clip he is inspecting a certain part of a vehicle to show the vigorous inspection that vehicles from Easterns go through before they even make it to the lot.
It’s been a little while since our last Redskins Rides blog post. We hope that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with your family, friends, and loved ones. We couldn’t leave you guys hanging for long! Easterns Automotive Group has teamed up with the Washington Redskins once again for another edition of Redskins Rides. Ryan Kerrigan met with Richard at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia to get an up-close and personal look at his unique whip. Richard is the proud owner of a lime green 1936 Chevy Coach. This coach is different from a sedan in that it is a two-door and that it is much more compact in size. Richard purchased this beauty about five months ago in Nashville, Tennessee. The unusual color caught his attention and ultimately led him to make the purchase. It has a brand new 350 fuel injection under the hood as well as a pristine cream interior. It’s clear that he has a great eye for cars because this was definitely an awesome classic car purchase. We want to thank Richard for taking the time to show off his custom Redskins Rides. Stay tuned for more Redskins Rides in DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. Easterns and the Washington Redskins got you covered!
We have to start out by saying we hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Easterns and Fox 5 DC decided to partner up specifically for the holidays and do something special on the day before Thanksgiving. This is the time when most people are in the stores picking up last minute items and the essential ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner. Holly Morris and Wisdom Martin of Fox 5 DC, traveled to various local shopping centers to surprise a few customers with $200 American Express gift cards provided by Easterns Automotive Group. The two really thought it was imperative to give back directly to the community but in a way that was truly a surprise. Morris and Martin selected one random person from each grocery store that they went to which was four people in total. It was so great capturing the genuine reactions of the winners that were selected. They were all shocked, thrilled, and full of joy that someone thought to do something so nice for them around the holidays. The winners range in race, sex, and age because it was important to reach everyone. The goal was just to make Thanksgiving a little more special.
The holiday season is even more magical when you give back and help put a smile on the faces of others. Please do your part to help anyone that you see in need. Helping does not just mean just giving monetarily but it can also be just providing someone with conversation or a few minutes of your time. Some people just need a small boost to motivate them and give them the strength they need to get back on their feet and conquer their goals. Do your part; you too can Pay It Forward!
This was a random act of kindness. However, Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy of being recognized, Click here to nominate them.
The holidays are near! Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC decided to come together to Pay It Forward once more before Thanksgiving. The act of giving back is imperative but it is even more important during the holidays. We want to encourage everyone out there to help someone in need, however they can. For this Pay It Forward segment, Eastern Motors and Fox 5 DC selected to help a non-profit organization by the name of Chess Girls D.C. Robin Ramson created this organization so that young girls would have the opportunity to learn how to play chess in Washington D.C. She was inspired by her very own daughter who grew up loving the game of chess. Although many think that chess is just a game, there are many skills learned by playing the game. According to Ramson, many of the young girls are better are critical thinking and being aware of their choices. It’s clear that this group of girls will be very forward thinkers by learning these cognitive skills at such a young age.
Easterns Automotive Group teamed up with the help of Fox 5 DC decided to Pay It Forward to this amazing group. Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing at Easterns and Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC presented Ramson with a bulk amount of supplies for the young girls from their wish list. They also presented Chess Girls D.C. with a check so they can continue meeting as a group at Emery Recreation Center.
Being that Chess Girls D.C. is a non-profit organization, Ramson relies on grants and donations to keep the program running because it is free for girls to join. If you would like to donate, please click here. Every little bit helps! Also, click here to nominate anyone that you feel is worthy of being recognized for their work in the community.