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RunningBrooke CEO Trades in Her Sneakers for a Shaker

Brooke Synder Curran with Café 44 visionary and owner, Jula Jane.
Photos by Mike Kenny

Bartender Marathon

ALEXANDRIA, VA – It was just for an evening, but Alexandria Living Legend Brooke Sydnor Curran, founder and CEO of RunningBrooke guest bartended at Cafe 44, at 44 Canal Center Plaza #401, to raise funds for her foundation. A great group came out to support the kids and enjoy cocktails, conversation, and sweeping views of the Potomac.

RunningBrooke’s grants program provide innovative ways that get kids moving to spark academic achievement. Since its inception, RunningBrooke has awarded more than $800,000 in grants to community partners. In 2018, RunningBrooke awarded more than $195,000 in grants to teachers, schools, and community nonprofits, collectively serving nearly 14,000 students. These grants have provided bikes at Ferdinand T. Day Elementary, outdoor play equipment at Matthew Maury Elementary, outdoor giant games at the Minnie Howard Campus of TC Williams High School, and yoga, soccer and dance in an after-school program, to name a few.

The RunningBrooke Move2Learn grant cycle follows the academic calendar year with awards announced in August for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year. For more information, visit

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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