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Ashby Ponds’ Turkey Trot Benefits Local Students

November 16, 2015

The community raised and donated funds for the Backpack Buddies program

(Ashburn, Va.) - On Monday, November 16th, residents and staff at Ashby Ponds retirement community participated in their annual Turkey Trot to help children in Loudoun County.  This year, the community raised and donated $2000 to the Backpack Buddies program.

According to their website, Backpack Buddies provides weekend, summer, and holiday meal packs to Loudoun County students receiving free or reduced-price school meals.  Their mission is to "provide food insecure students of Loudoun County with healthy meals, nutritional education, and easy access to these resources by partnering with the congregation and community through awareness, education, and engagement."  Each year, program volunteers pack and distribute over 12,600 meal packs to partner schools across Loudoun. The Backpack Buddies program was launched by Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling in 2011.  Today, they serve 320 students in three partner schools.

Since 2012, the Ashby Ponds community has contributed $6000 to the Backpack Buddies program.

ABOUT ASHBY PONDS: Ashby Ponds, one of 18 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.).  The community is home to over 1000 residents and more than 140 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options. More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at

Photos:1)  Ashby Ponds residents and staff walk around the community on Monday, November 16th for the annual community Turkey Trot.

2)  Gina Muaau, Wellness Coordinator at Ashby Ponds presents a $2000 check for Backpack Buddies to Rebecca Makowski, Director of Outreach and Impact at Galilee United Method Church.