Mount Vernon

Conquering Fear to Conquer Homelessness

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay, right, being strapped into his gear with Arlington County Board member Matt de Ferranti who rappelled at the same time (Photos by Noe Todorovich Photography)

Alexandria, VA – Nearly 80 people, many of them freely admitting to being nervous, conquered their fear and rappelled down a 14-story building in Crystal City on May 5 and 6, raising over $225,000 to fight homelessness in Northern Virginia. “Over the Edge” was a hugely successful fundraiser for Mount Vernon-based New Hope Housing, which partnered with Keller Williams MetroCenter to produce the event. NHH relies on fundraising and private donations to meet its shelter and housing program needs. If you can help, go to

McKay on the edge and then ready to go for it.

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Marlene Miller

Marlene Miller has lived in, and written about, Mount Vernon for decades. She raised her family here, her two children graduating from area public schools. After retiring from over 16 years of publishing her own newspaper, The Zebra has tempted her back to community journalism

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