NIH’ers Salute Return of College Football
Photos: Rosalina Bray
NIH’ers celebrated the return of college football with a Quick-Off to College Football Season tailgate party at the NIH Community Market behind Bldg. 10 on Aug. 25. Attendees wore their favorite college colors and ordered lunch from area food trucks. A portion of proceeds benefitted Special Love, Inc., a nonprofit that supports families of children with cancer.
At top, NIH’ers line up to order from the food truck Linda’s Luncheonette. Two other food trucks were on hand—Feelin’ Crabby and Curley’s Q BBQ. School Spirit (above, from l) NIDCR’s Gregory Spero shows off his Gator pride. NHLBI’s Karen Cuttin wears her Florida Gator sweatshirt while holding a Special Love, Inc. brochure
Outdoor Film Festival Raises $5K for Charity
Photos: Audrys Malisauskas
Every year for the last 19 years, a Montgomery County parking lot has spent a few summer nights transformed into a charming, old-fashioned drive-in. This year was no different. The 19th Comcast Outdoor Film Festival benefiting the NIH Charities took place Aug. 21-23 at the Montgomery County Board of Education in Rockville. Hundreds of cars lined up to watch a few blockbusters. And more than $5,000 was raised for the charities, which include Friends of Patients at the NIH, Children’s Inn, R&W Foundation and Special Love (Camp Fantastic).
Attendees enjoyed food and treats from local food trucks such as Ben & Jerry’s, Crab Cab and Jammin’ Flava. Children caromed around on the moon bounce and engaged in activities provided by sponsors Washington Chevrolet, F.H. Furr, Zipcar, The Upton, BMW of Rockville and Language Stars.
As the sun set over festivities, groups of friends, couples and families made their way to the parking lot, where a 65-foot inflatable screen was erected. Some sat in the comfort of their own vehicles to watch the film while others spread out on blankets and lawn chairs.
“The R&W loves assisting with the movie festival,” said Randy Schools, former R&W president. “This year, more than 1,000 people attended per evening. At the current site, we are able to recreate the feel of the open-air theaters that were popular during the ’50s and ’60s. It’s a great event for families to enjoy a movie, help our charities and just have some fun.”