Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc

In This Issue
President's Report
Another Successful FISH Fling
Awardees Honored at the FISH Fling
The Giving Circle of Hope Grant
New FISH Board Members
Bargain Loft
Thanks to Our Major Supporters
FISH Annual Meeting
The People We Help
Board of Directors for This Fiscal Year

President's Report 

Spring has flown by, here we are at the start of Summer. We had another wonderful FLING and are already planning for Fling 2014, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at The Crowne Plaza in Herndon. Please circle the date on your 2014 calendar to join in the fun.


We are excited to report that we raised our assistance maximum to over $600 for the first time ever. Families in need of assistance will be able to get more funds towards their outstanding bills and keep their housing and/or utilities. Those needs are the primary assistance we are asked to provide. Our working relationship with Fairfax County is mutually beneficial and we appreciate the ongoing support and encouragement we get from them.

In early April, Inga Marler, our Assistance coordinator and Board member, moved to North Carolina. We are truly missing all the wonderful things she did to assist FISH. Diane Mandel has kindly taken over coordinating the Assistance Volunteers Schedule.


We had two Board members leave the Board at the end of this term. Kristina Baumler, a corporate member representing Freddie Mac, has become the Regional Coordinator of the Relay for Life. Kristina has brought much to our organization as Publicity Chair; giving FISH a new presence on social media sites. Susan Gerstel, lives in Reston only part time, so will continue to work with and support Herndon-Reston FISH as an Adjunct Board Member during her Virginia time. Her contributions to our fundraising efforts are most appreciated.


As this goes to press, we are preparing for our Annual Meeting which will take place on Monday, July 15th at 6:00 PM. We are planning a Pot Luck Supper at the site of our new office in the Reston Interfaith Offices, at 11150 Sunset Hills Drive, Reston, in their conference room. I truly hope that many of you will choose to attend, to mingle with all of us and share your thoughts and ideas with the Board of Directors to make FISH stronger than ever.


I look forward to serving as President of the Fiscal Year 2014 Board of Directors, working with the many continuing members and integrating our new members into the joys of volunteering on the Board of Directors. The new Board of Directors List is elsewhere in this newsletter.


Here's to another year of making Herndon-Reston FISH an organization we can all be proud of for its continuing dedication to assisting our neighbors in their times of need.


Most sincerely, 

Janet L. Hyman


Another Successful FISH Fling

 Fling 2013 People

The 2013 FISH Fling was a fun evening with dinner, games, auctions, dancing and good conversation. The Fling raised $51,000 for FISH this year. Thanks to local businesses who donated 125 items for the silent and live auctions there were many items to bid on. We especially appreciate the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Herndon for helping with this event. See the sidebar for a list of sponsors and donors who made major contributons.

Awardees Honored at the FISH Fling

     Fling 2013 Awardees

picture by Jennifer Davis of Vita Images 

Each year at the Fling, we recognize "Star Fish" who have provided outstanding service over the years to FISH. In 2013 the awardees were, from the left,  Claire Dessart, a Bargain Loft volunteer since 2009 who works several shifts per week and is willing to sub at the last minute; Kay Walter a volunteer in the Family Assistance Program handling phone calls and a driver for people needing to get to medical appointments; Peggy LeReche, a FISH volunteer and employee of Dominion Power, who serves on the Board and coordinates the FISH Financial Workshops; and Lisa Kelly and Sarah Birmingham, representatives from the Bradley Farms Homeowners Association, which sponsors the Bradley Farms Haunted House and donates the proceeds to FISH.  This year they donated $8,000. 

Giving Circle of Hope  Grant  

      GCH Awardees 2013

FISH received a $5,000 grant from The Giving Circle of Hope this year and particpated in a reception honoring all non-profits that received grants. In the picture above Gale Napoliello (seated in the center) and Janet Hyman (standing behind Gale) were representing FISH. 

New FISH Board Members


The fiscal year for FISH is July 1 - June 30 and several new members have joined the Board of Directors. We welcome the following new members. Frank Abrams of Herndon is retired from Northrop Grumman and several other consulting positions. Kay Walter of Reston retired from a marketing position and moved to Virginia to be near family; She has worked with FISH for 5 years and she was recognized as a "Star FISH" this year. Kim Wilson of Sterling is a corporate sponsor from Sallie Mae in Reston where she works as a manager for Debt and Swap Operations. Susan Sather, of Reston is a community/ social organizer; she has been a volunteer for school systems and has served on several PTA Boards. Steve Brown, of Herndon, joined the Board in mid-year; He is retired from MITRE Corporation after holding several technical positions and is now active at the Bargain Loft.

President - Janet Hyman 

Executive Director - Gale Napoliello 

Newsletter Managing Editor - Mary Jo Baedecker   


FISH is a member of the following campaigns: 


United Way Campaign No. 8359

UW Logo

Combined Federal Campaign No. 83534

 CFC Logo

Bargain Loft

Yenglings 2013   

The Bargain Loft is sorry that Linda and Art Yengling moved this year. They decided to make Florida their permanent residence. Linda was a volunteer for the Bargain Loft since the late 1980s and Art was always willing to lend a hand. Linda provided many years of service to FISH, serving on the Board of Directors and volunteering at the Bargain Loft. She served as both co-manager and manager, and later was always willing to step in as manager to fill temporary gaps. We miss her cheerful presence and vast knowledge about pricing items at the Loft. We hope she and Art enjoy the Florida sunshine. 


Please continue to donate your unwanted items to the Bargain Loft. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10-3 and Saturday 10-4.  Call 703-437-0600 for questons about donations.

Thanks to Our Major  Supporters

Thanks to the following groups and individuals for contributions of $1,000 or more to the 2013 FISH Fling.
Fairfax County
Reston Community Center
Dominion Power
Rotary Club of Herndon
United Christian Parish
National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC)
St John Neumann
Virginia Heritage Bank
William McChesney
Evea Newsom
Lawrence & Suzanne Spector
Radhika & Karan Rajesh
Marcia & Tony Di Trapani
Thanks to MAXIMUS Foundation for a grant

FISH Annual Meeting


All FISH supporters are invited to attend the Annual Meeting
which will be held Monday, July 15 at 6:00 pm at the Reston Interfaith Offices located at 11150 Sunset Hills Road (office building at the Cardinal Bank). The meeting is potluck - bring a dish to share.

The People We Help

A single father with a young child was laid off and only found a part-time position. He was able to pay his rent but his gas had been turned off for over a week. FISH was able to pay the entire gas bill and the service was restored.


A single mother called for help with her rent payment. Her son has terminal cancer and has no source of income. The mother works two jobs but most of her income goes to her son's medical care & prescriptions. FISH was able to help them with the rent.


A woman with 4 children lost her home and most of her possessions to a house fire.  She missed a great deal of work and lost her job. She was diagnosed with a chronic disease several months ago & is unable to afford her medication, as she has no health insurance. FISH was able to purchase her medication and help her to enroll in the affordable healthcare prgram. 

Board of Directors for This Fiscal Year

Community Directors

Janet Hyman, President

Suzanne Rudiselle, Vice President

Evea Newsome, Vice President

Karen Stevens, Secretary

Jody Wolfe, Treasurer

Frank Abrams

JoAnn Bordeaux

Steve Brown

Mia Merin

Bob Reed

Ed Robichaud

Susan Sather

Olivia Toatley

Kay Walter


Corporate Directors

Jay Bhalla

Carl Larsen

Peggy LeReche

Felicia Roney

Kim Wilson



  Volunteers are needed to:


-work at the Bargain Loft as cashiers or sorting merchandise.


-help with Family Assistance to receive telephone calls and process the information.


-drive those in need  to medical appointments.


To volunteer call 703-391-0105 and leave your name and contact information.

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