Frager's: Fundraisers Galore!

Help Raise Money for the Frager's Fund

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. when the community is invited to attend Al Fresco for Frager's, a food-focused event to benefit Frager’s Hardware as they recover from a devastating fire on June 5. A beloved institution, Frager’s has been a part of the fabric of Capitol Hill since the early 20th century.

Mike Bowers of Bowers Fancy Dairy Products at Eastern Market echoes many in the neighborhood, “They’re such a very important part of our community – and this event will be like a big community hug for Frager’s.”

Al Fresco for Frager’s festivities take place outdoors beneath the Farmers' Line shed at Historic Eastern Market located at 225 7th St SE. Over a dozen noted neighborhood restaurants and popular food purveyors will serve up great culinary treats – the impressive list includes Acqua al Due, Bowers Fancy Dairy Products, Boxcar Tavern, Canales Delicatessen, Fine Sweet Shop, Market Lunch, Market Poultry, Montmartre, Pitango Gelato, Puddin’ Po Boy, Seventh Hill Pizza, Silver Spork, Tortilla Café, Tunnicliff’s Tavern and Union Meat Company.

Tickets, two for $6, can be purchased at the event; one ticket will equate to a “taste” from a vendor’s table and part of the sale of each ticket will go to the Frager’s Fund, managed by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for Eastern Market artisan offerings.

Little Red and the Renegades, a well-known, six-piece Global Zydeco band has generously donated their performance for the evening – a vibrant brand of Zydeco, World Music and New Orleans’ funk. They’ve performed extensively throughout the region at such venues and events as the Atlas Theatre, Artisphere, Smithsonian’s Mardi Gras Party, DC Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center as well as SXSW (Austin, Texas) and the New Music Seminar in Manhattan.

All proceeds from this event will be collected through the Capitol Hill Community Foundation which has established The Frager’s Fund to provide help as needed in the aftermath of the June 5th fire. Neighbors concerned about the store’s employees and the other businesses impacted are encouraged to donate; 100 per cent of every dollar donated through the Capitol Hill Community Foundation will be given to the intended recipients.

Volunteers who would like to work on this event can email

Firefighters Bartend to Benefit Frager's – Friday, June 21

On Friday, June 21, Tortilla Coast's bar will be taken over by the fine firemen from Engine 18 and Truck 7 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., who risked their lives to put out the fire at Frager's. Come out and donate to The Frager's Fund. It will be a fun and memorable night for all. Tortilla Coast Capitol Hill is located at 400 First St.SE.

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DC Rollergirls and The Fridge Host Frager's Benefit Concert – Friday, June 21

The DC Rollergirls and The Fridge are hosting a benefit concert on behalf of Frager’s on Friday, June 21. The lineup includes The Throckmortens, The NativeMakers and Rodney Henry of The Glenmont Popes. Tickets are $20. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. All ticket sales from the event will be donated to the Frager’s Fund. The event is sponsored by DC Brau Brewing Company, Dangerously Delicious Pies and Quicksilver Productions.

Frager's Day At National's Park – Tuesday, June 25

Join the Frager's employees and owners at National's Park next Tuesday June 25 at 7:05 p.m. to watch the Nationals face the Arizona Diamondbacks. A local family has donated 40 tickets for Frager's employees, and tickets are available for purchase in Section 320 for anyone who wishes to join in the event. Wear your Frager's T-Shirts and try to score a cameo on Nats big screen, or just raise a ballpark beer to toast these hardworking neighbors. A special recognition is scheduled for the bottom of the fourth inning, so if you are not in Section 320 turn your attentions to the scoreboard or come on up to cheer. Tickets available at

Christmas in July “Almost” – Friday, June 28 at Christ Church

Buffet Style Spaghetti Dinner featuring Momma's Sousa's Famous Sauce. Eat in or take out. Friday, June 28 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Christ Church located at 620 G. St. SE. The dinner benefits The Frager's Fund. Tickets are $30 for adults which includes 1 glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine are available for $5 a piece. Children ages 9 and under are free. The Capitol Hillbillies will provide entertainment.

CHAW Creativity Workshop to Benefit Frager's – Saturday, July 13

On Saturday, July 13 join CHAW from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for a night of sharing stories and creating mixed media artwork inspired by Frager's history, home and future to benefit the rebuilding of this cornerstone of Capitol Hill. Led by Hill resident, artist, writer and guest lecturer, Tracy Cooley, this workshop is for participants of all ability levels.

Bring pictures and relics of the past to use as the foundation or inspiration behind your artwork. Additional artistic supplies and materials will be provided. Be prepared to get hands dirty, play with reckless abandon, inspire and be inspired, and reaffirm your commitment to our wonderful community and the neighbors that make it great. Wine and light appetizers will be served.

Tracy Cooley is an award-winning communications professional, writer/blogger, local artist, and guest lecturer at American University. Cooley has led numerous award-winning communication campaigns designed to educate consumers on important public health issues. She also has written and published dozens of opinion editorials, journal articles, and in-depth reports on a variety of issues from biotechnology to distance learning. Her artwork has been exhibited in several local galleries, including CHAW. Cooley received her Master of Arts in Public Communication with an emphasis in Arts Communication from American University. She is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of creativity at American, where she previously has taught two undergraduate communication courses.

For more information click here. Call 202-547-6839 or email to register. All donations over $10 are tax deductible.

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