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Truman Charities is an all volunteer organization that operates on a belief that is our

co-founder Jerry Truman’s motto: “When good people come together, great things

happen.” Throughout the year, we plan and host a broad range of events to which

we invite our community of friends and neighbors to learn about and support

organizations doing good work. Our model is designed to make these events

positive and affirming for all of the participants, which is why every dollar raised

goes straight to the organization. Creating this bridge is our contribution and our


Every year, we host a signature event, our annual Halloween Bash at Tommy Joe’s

in downtown Bethesda. Mark your calendars for October 28 from 6-10 pm! Our

focus this year will be supporting Main Street. This Rockville-based nonprofit

organization brings together people with or without disabilities through affordable

housing and a membership-based community. It begins with its 70-unit affordable

apartment building that reserves 25% of its units for adults with special needs and

also houses the Soulfull Café, which employs people of all abilities.

Main Street membership, which currently stands at 280+, is open to residents and

non-residents. Members may enjoy 15 weekly social, cultural, educational and

wellness programs held in Main Street’s beautiful gathering spaces and out in the

community. From boxing classes to professional lunch and learns, the programs

enhance the lives, health and well-being of members and create connection and

belonging, which adults with special needs in particular often struggle to find. Main

Street programs are instrumental in building community and, this year, 100% of the

funds raised by our Truman Charities event will support these important programs.

Main Street also engages in education and advocacy to foster communities that are

welcoming to everyone, regardless of need or ability. The model at Main Street is

about changing lives and changing minds. For Truman Charities co-founder Jamie

Truman, the mission and efforts of Main Street epitomize the community-building

that Truman Charities wants to foster. According to Jamie, “Community should be

for everyone, and Main Street is a bridge to people with special needs.” In an

interview on The Truman Charities Podcast, A Community of Caring, founder Jillian

Copeland shared that Main Street is about empowerment and the power of giving.

Jillian believes that “when we have something to give to others - skills or talent or

even just kindness - really it just lifts people.”

Come and join the fun on October 28 while providing support to Main Street! The

Halloween party will feature a raffle and prizes for costumes, including group

costumes. We accept in-kind donations for the raffle. In addition to tickets,

sponsorships are available for one of the year's best parties. To learn about

sponsorship, buy tickets to the event, or to donate to this great cause, visit here.

Strongest Hearts has a tagline – Many Hearts, One Mission – and Truman Charities is bringing its unique brand of charitable events to that mission. Children and families affected by muscular dystrophy face the daunting reality that there currently is no cure, and treatments are of limited effect for this terrible condition. Strongest Hearts is raising money to fund research into gene therapies that may be a major advancement. Truman Charities and Strongest Hearts have partnered in a Jeans for Genes fundraiser being held on

Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 6:00-9:30 PM at Bethesda’s own Tommy Joe’s, 7940 Norfolk Avenue.

Jeans for Genes has a simple premise – throw on your favorite denim and come out for a fantastic night in downtown Bethesda. The raffle will include a variety of items, including a week-long stay at a Delaware beach house, classes at Pure Barre, and a Kate Spade bag. As a ticket holder or a sponsor, participants can join in the fun, meet other people who care about making a difference in the world, and help to raise money for an exciting program in the works at Strongest Hearts. This is a great event to sponsor if you are an individual, but also if you own a business since you can bring your team out for the fun as well.

100% Charitable, 100% Fun

Truman Charities was founded on the principle that people want to know that their donation is going straight to the cause, and not a party planner or administrator. We host events throughout the year to raise funds for worthy charities, and we pay the cost of the food and entertainment so that all donations go to the featured charity. Our successful model has raised millions of dollars for good works, and we have earned a reputation for throwing fantastic parties as well. We work with local businesses and other generous donors to arrange for exciting raffle items and other ways to maximize the fundraising at our events, and we plan to keep up the good work.

The Truman Charities fundraising events have a reputation for fun and great networking. We would love to see you at this upcoming and future events. To learn more about our mission and our work, sign up for our newsletter.

Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) is a Montgomery County-based charity that provides critical food supplies to children through local schools. Truman Charities is so excited to partner with KIND to raise funds for this important cause. On February 25, 2023, Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, Maryland will host one of Truman Charities’ signature gatherings from 6-9:30. The event will feature a raffle and a live auction as well as food and open bar. Tickets can be purchased here.

Putting Food on the Table for Hungry Children

KIND was founded by Jeremy Lichtenstein, a local as well as one of the nation’s top real estate agents. He began on his own, buying groceries to drop off at an elementary school. Ten years later, KIND serves 27 schools, providing much-needed, non-perishable food to over 3,000 students through the help of over 150 volunteers and a fleet of 50 vehicles. KIND delivers the food to the schools where teachers provide students with essential food for the coming weekend.

Jeremy is truly excited to be partnering with Truman Charities for this event. “We have been able to reach so many children suffering from food insecurity, but we can do more. I’m looking forward to meeting with people who want to help and spreading the word about our work.” Check out the latest podcast episode to learn more.

Fun and Philanthropy in a Winning Combination

Truman Charities operates on the principle that people who want to be generous deserve a good time. This all-volunteer organization sponsors fund-raising events throughout the year, highlighting charities and giving them a much-needed infusion of donations. The organization pays for the entertainment, so 100% of the proceeds go directly to the featured charity. With events in local homes and venues, Truman Charities gives people a chance to get together for a good cause, secure in the knowledge that their contribution is going straight to the need.

A Legacy of Giving and Awareness

In addition to raising funds for organizations, Truman Charities makes a point to help people to learn more about the many ways that they can help in the community. In a recent video, we shared some of our successes as well as our approach. The signature events are only one piece of the puzzle since Truman Charities also has a podcast that invites charities to showcase their good work. With multiple shows a month, the podcast features charities as well as other information about philanthropy and community service of interest to their wide network of generous donors and volunteers.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting KIND at the upcoming event. If you want to get involved with Truman Charities or learn more about how to donate to one of our featured charities, sign up for our e-newsletter.

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