Benefit raises nearly $87,000 for United Community Ministries

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United Community Ministries raised nearly $87,000 at their annual Capitol Steps Benefit for UCM this past Sunday, according to a press release from the charity organization.

UCM, a nonprofit based in the Richmond Highway area, offers programs and services for families and individuals in southeast Fairfax County. The Capitol Steps benefit, held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, is the group’s biggest fundraiser.

This was the 26th year the event, which features a performance by the D.C.-based political satire group. More than 350 guests were on hand Sunday.

“UCM is committed to addressing the changes occurring in the community we serve, and continuing our tradition of playing a vital role in the lives of those who need help the most,” UCM Executive DirectorAlison DeCourcey said in the release. “We are committed to ensuring a better future for the next generation.”

The Capitol Steps Benefit is organized by the Friends of UCM, a volunteer group that advocates and raises funds for UCM. The Friends of UCM will host its annual Give From the Heart Spring Gala on April 14 at the Patent and Trademark Office, in Old Town Alexandria. For information about sponsoring the 2017 Gala, you contact UCM Development and Communications Director Kenya Welch at

“The Friends of UCM is a group of volunteers providing fundraising and community education about UCM,” Elin Bohn, president of The Friends of UCM and member of UCM’s Board of Directors said in the release. “We have raised nearly $2.6 million since our founding in 2001 -– all to ensure that during their time of need, people in our community can turn to UCM for help and achieve financial stability. We are so pleased that our Capitol Steps signature event was a success this year.”