Past Events

2021 Superheroes for SafeSpot 5K & Fun Run

September 18th, 2021

Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run was a success, all thanks to our sponsors, runners, and volunteers. We are thrilled to announce that we raised over $60,000 for child survivors of abuse in Fairfax County.

2019 Passion for Fashion Show

November 15th, 2019

With the most recent success of the fashion show, SafeSpot will be able to expand their services to child abuse victims in our area.

CASA Superhero Run/Walk

April 27th, 2019

SafeSpot supported CASA’s Run/Walk to promote awareness about child abuse and neglect, while raising money for CASA volunteers.

Ben & Jerry's Cone Day

April 9th, 2019

Volunteers gathered together to give a scoop of ice cream and spread  awareness of our program.

Child Abuse Proclamation

April 9th, 2019

As part of April Child Abuse Prevention month, SafeSpot and other community leaders joined Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in a proclamation ceremony to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Crime Victims Rights Fair

April 7th, 2019

SafeSpot team supported Fairfax County Police Departments National Crime Victims fair. The week long initiative promotes victims rights and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Fairfax County Police Department Victim Services Division hosts an event each year to honor crime victims and assist in bringing awareness to crime victims rights and services in Fairfax County.

2019 SCAN Luncheon

April 5th, 2019

SafeSpot staff participated in SCAN’s 17th Annual Ally in Prevention Award luncheon. This luncheon honors five remarkable heroes working to protect children, support families and prevent child abuse and neglect across Northern Virginia.

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Galentine's At the Barre

February 24th, 2019

Neighborhood Barre in Arlington sponsored a workout class for SafeSpot.

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Kendra Scott Spring Launch

January 23rd, 2019

SafeSpot celebrated with Kendra Scott in Mosaic District the launch of their  Spring launch collection. This shopping event was also a fundraiser as the portions raised was donated to SafeSpot.

2018 fashion for passion

2018 Fashion for Passion

October 21st, 2018

SafeSpot’s 6th Annual Passion for Fashion show was SOLD OUT!  With the help of donations from the Fashion Show, SafeSpot  will be hiring another forensic interviewer/ family advocate to meet the needs of the community.

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Happy Hour for Hope

June 9th, 2018

Our Junior Board held a social  for cause by hosting the  Happy Hour for Hope event.  The event was sold out instantly and it was a great turn out.

2018 champions fore golf tournament

2018 Champions Fore Golf Tournament

April 31st, 2018

The Champions Fore Children golf tournament was once again a successful event. Due to the funds raised at the golf tournament, SafeSpot is able to successfully continue to provide services to the families of Fairfax County.

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Field of Hope

April 21st, 2018

A day of games to benefit SafeSpot and educate the community on the difficult realities of child abuse. The kids were joined by players of the Washington Redskins, and D.C.’s United soccer team.

ben and jerrys free cone day fundraiser

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day Fundraiser

April 10th, 2018

Ben & Jerry’s free cone day was fun. Besides the free ice cream cone, customers learned about Safespot and donated to the center. Thanks to Ben & Jerry’s for their continued support towards Safespot. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard.

2018 fairfax county child abuse proclamation

2018 Fairfax County Child Abuse Proclamation

April 10th, 2018

SafeSpot and other local partnerships came together as a community to play a role in child abuse prevention. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Board Auditorium on April 10, 2018. That morning, a reception was sponsored by our community partner, SafeSpot, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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2017 Giving Tuesday

November 28th, 2017

Thank you to everyone that participate in the global day of giving. Safespot can not express their gratitude enough.

2017 passion for fashion

2017 Fashion for Passion

October 15th, 2017

SafeSpot hosted their annual 2017 Fashion for Passion event.  This is annual fundraiser was held for SafeSpot to continue their mission in providing services to children  and their families  who have experienced traumatic sexual abuse. Families came together to show their care for the cause while enjoying the models walk the runway.

2017 champions fore children charity golf tournament

2017 Champions Fore Children Charity Golf Tournament

April 24, 2017

The 2017 Champions Fore Children Golf Tournament was a big success.  THANK YOU to all of our sponsors for continuing to support SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center’s cause, and for helping the children of Fairfax County.  A special thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers.

scan 15th annual allies in prevention awards luncheon

SCAN 15th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards Luncheon

April 6th, 2017

On April 6, SafeSpot attended SCAN of Northern Virginia’s 15th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards Luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Tysons Corner. At the luncheon SCAN announced the 2017 winners of its annual Allies in Prevention Awards, an annual honor given to community members for exceptional work protecting children and strengthening families in five regions of Northern Virginia.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation and Wear Blue Day

April 4th, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4th, The Board of Supervisors issued a Proclamation that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and it was a challenge to get all involved in this cause to fit into a photo!

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5th Annual NCVRW 5K Walk and Candlelight Tribute

April 2nd, 2017

On Sunday, April 2 from 4:30-7:30 p.m, in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 2-8), the Victim Services Section of the Fairfax County Police Department kicked off the week with their 5th Annual NCVRW 5K Walk and Candlelight Tribute. It was held at Fairfax Corner Shopping Center.

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#GivingTuesday 2016

November 29, 2016

Thank you to everyone who contributed on #GivingTuesday!

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The BIG Give

November 17, 2016

Thank you to the Giving Circle of HOPE for the honor of participating in the grant competition last night. SafeSpot was chosen to receive a $1,500 grant by the attendees. We are grateful for your support! The Giving Circle of Hope, a grant-making foundation has selected three deserving nonprofits from the pool of those who submitted grant requests this year, but were not selected for review.

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Passion for Fashion Event

October 16, 2016

A high end fashion fundraiser, bringing awareness to our communities about child abuse and ensuring that children have a safe, supportive environment in which to share their experiences.  The Fashion Show at Bloomingdale’s, Tyson’s Corner is a morning filled with delicious brunch, irresistible raffle items and a catwalk filled with fashions from leading designers in the industry.

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Passion for Fashion Kick-Off Event

July 29, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Passion for Fashion Kick-Off Event on June 29, 2016! We had a fantastic evening with great company. We also honored Dr. William Hauda, who was an invaluable partner in the creation of SafeSpot CAC and continues to be a dedicated member of our MDT.

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Champions FORE Children Golf Tournament

April 25, 2016

SafeSpot would like to thank everyone who came out to our Champions FORE Children Golf Tournament! Due in large part to our generous Golf Tournament Sponsors as well as to additional friends of SafeSpot who attended the Awards Dinner and participated enthusiastically in the opportunity for giving, our first-ever golf tournament netted $125,000!

THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors for making this event such a success!

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Proclamation and Wear Blue Day

April 5, 2016

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month on Tuesday, April 5 in the Board Auditorium. The Proclamation started at 9:30am, and attendees wore blue to show support. Special thanks to our board members and volunteers for putting together the pinwheel pots that were on display at the meeting. Especially memorable was Chairman Bulova holding up a pot of pinwheels as she made note of the Proclamation for Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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Volunteer Open House and Work Day

March 13, 2016

Many hands make light work.  And that proved true when volunteers gathered on a Sunday afternoon at the center and prepared for the many events coming in April.  Some refreshed and dressed the doll shaped signs which we will use at the golf tournament.  Others prepared pinwheel bouquets for the pinwheel gardens which will spring up in April.  Volunteers also created pinwheel pots to use in indoor locations.  And others attached blue ribbons to informative cards which will be distributed throughout the month.  In addition to the activities, volunteers were also able to tour the center and see the results of their hard work the past few years.  MANY THANKS to all of our wonderful volunteers!

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Hill Day in Richmond

February 2016

In early February, SafeSpot Executive Director Michele Thames and board president Denise Balzano joined professionals from the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Virginia to meet with legislators in Richmond. SafeSpot was there to advocate for an increase in statewide funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the state of Virginia. Safespot receives an annual grant of about $50,000 from this funding. We are grateful to state Senator Janet Howell as she introduced a budget amendment requesting additional funding. Michele and Denise met with delegates Marcus Simon, Kathleen Murphy and Paul Krizek as well as Senator Favola and several other staff members.

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Creating a Community Action Plan for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

January 11-12, 2016

In January, SafeSpot hosted a two-day course called “Creating a Community Action Plan for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.” Close to 40 attendees represented county agencies and non-profit organizations from Fairfax including the Department of Family Services, the Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax County Public Schools, Neighborhood and Community Services, the Women’s Center, Stop Child Abuse Now, Marine Corps Community Services to name a few. Trainers from the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College provided a foundation of knowledge and led the group through a series of exercises and discussions over the course of two days. The attendees identified strengths and weaknesses of the county in the area of child abuse prevention services and worked in small groups to create a dashboard of action items.

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Kendra Scott Gives Back

December 9, 2015

Thank you to Kendra Scott for donating 20% of all sales on December 9th to SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center! Also, thank you to our wonderful volunteers for organizing the event. And, thank you to all who came out and shopped!

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SafeSpot "Passion for Fashion" Event Bloomingdale's, Tysons Corner

Sunday, October 18, 2015 10:00am-12:00pm

The Passion for Fashion event is our largest fundraising event of the year and one not to be missed. There was a delicious brunch, irresistible raffle items and a catwalk filled with on-trend fashions from leading designers. Bloomingdale’s, generously donated 10% of the day’s sales to SafeSpot.

To view pictures from the event Click Here. All pictures can be purchased from Make A Difference Photography. Thank you to all of our wonderful Sponsors!

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Guest Bartender Night at Brix

May 6, 2015

A BIG THANK YOU to Brix American Bistro in Great Falls, VA for their support! Thank you to everyone who came out to support SafeSpot at our Guest Bartender Night .


Champions4Children 5k Race/Walk 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thank you to everyone that came out to the Third Annual Champions 4 Children 5K Race/Walk!

And, THANK YOU to all of our sponsors!

To see pictures to the event, please Click Here. All pictures are available for purchase from Make A Difference Photography.

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Ben and Jerry's Free Cone Day

April 14, 2015

A BIG THANK YOU to Ben & Jerry’s in Reston Town Center for their support of another successful fundraiser.  And thanks to the many volunteers who braved the wet weather all day!

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Proclamation: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 24, 2015

Members of SafeSpot’s staff and Board of Directors attended the Proclamation ceremony at the Board of Supervisors meeting where April was officially declared Child Abuse Prevention Month.  We made a strong showing and support was provided by several agencies and non-profits. Keisha Edwards from the Department of Family Services spoke and provided information about the issue of child abuse and its magnitude in Fairfax County.

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SafeSpot is Awarded Community Investment Grant Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

February 11, 2015

On February 11, 2015, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Granted more than $375,000 (largest cycle to date) to 39 local nonprofits.  We are so grateful for the generosity of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia! Thank you for helping us provide services to children and families in Northern Virginia.

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Ruby Tuesday Community Give Back Program

Tuesday, January 20-Thursday 22, 2015

Thank you to those who came out to SafeSpot’s Fundraiser at Ruby Tuesday in Alexandria, VA! And thank you Ruby Tuesday for donating 20% of each purchase to our organization!

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Fashionable Fundraising

Bloomingdale's Fashion Show 2014

SafeSpot’s Fall Fashion Show at Bloomingdale’s on Sunday, October 26 was a terrific success!  Co-Chairs Debbie Copito and Suzanne Singer created a beautiful event for everyone to enjoy.  And we raised over $55,000 to support SafeSpot!

Cause An Effect

SafeSpot Visits Chipotle

June 24, 2014

SafeSpot visited Chipotle at Reston Town Center on June 24th, 2014 and were graciously supported by friends, family, and the Chipotle team!

Michelle Kingsley and Samira Ramezan organized an amazing event where 50% of the profits between 4-8pm at this Chipotle were donated to SafeSpot. The SafeSpot team would like to thank these two women, as well as those of you who came and supported us last night!

Your continued support is always appreciated.

Champions4Children 5K Run/Walk Netted $30,000

April 26, 2014

It really is amazing how a grass roots campaign can grow with the help of a caring community.  That caring community helped raise more than $30, 000 to re-open a center for victims of child abuse in Fairfax County called SafeSpot.

And the 5K winner is...

April 26, 2014

Alex Haugh of Vienna, VA won our April 26 Champions4Children 5K Race and Fun Run, and the first woman across the finish line was Kim Fagen, also of Vienna. However, we all know that the true winner was SafeSpot, and the children it serves. The second annual cross-country race through Lake Fairfax Park brought in $56,000 for the young organization. More than 320 runners and walkers registered for the event, and all were smiling as they crossed the finish line.

Thank You

April 2, 2013

Thanks to the many public officials, team members, friends and family who came out to support the official Grand Opening of Safespot, Fairfax’s Children’s Advocacy Center on April 2.  It was great to celebrate with so many people who had contributed their time and talents to make the center a reality.

Bloomingdale's Fashion Show

October 2013

On October 6, The SafeSpot Fashion Show  netted well over $50,000 for SafeSpot,  a center for abused children.About 250 fashionistas enjoyed a wonderful runway show highlighting many gorgeous fall fashions.  One of the highlights were the young volunteer models who performed as well as the professionals.Everyone enjoyed the show and the shopping afterward.  Bloomingdale’s generously donated 10% of the event’s sales proceeds  to SafeSpot.

SafeSpot is Awarded State Grant

May 15, 2013

On May 15, SafeSpot received notification from the Virginia Department of Social Services that their grant application had been approved.

This is a major step toward re-opening a Center where the Fairfax County team – including law enforcement, child protective services, Commonwealth’s Attorney, medical and mental health professionals – will provide care and services for victims of child abuse.

Agilex Donates $2000 to SafeSpot

June 20, 2013

Agilex, a leading provider of mission and technology solutions to the national and homeland security, healthcare and public sectors, sponsored a “Watchathon” that benefitted SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center of Fairfax County.  This is a great example of a win-win situation in which viewers learned about Agilex while accuring donations for the newly created nonprofit that will open a child abuse investigation center for Fairfax County.SafeSpot Board and friends thank Agilex for their corporate generosity.

Police Eager for New Children's Advocacy Center

February 14, 2013

“This is already a horrific situation for children, so we want a Children’s Advocacy Center to allow them to have a better experience,” says Saly Fayez, Director of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Services Unit.

“Some children don’t completely understand what’s going on — they know it is not a good thing that brought them here, but they can be confused about the process.”