FISH Fling

FISH Fling 2022 Sponsors      


King Fish




Angel FISH






Peggy Fox & Tom Horan

Delegate Ken Plum & Mrs. Jane Plum

The Robert & Annette Reed Charity Fund






Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Hidden Creek Country Club Women’s Golf Association

Janet & Joseph Hyman

Mary & Charlie Saunders



German Friends of FISH, Inc.      

Kositzka, Wicks and Company (KWC)                    Starboard Cove Creations


Media Sponsor

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Auction Contributors


Anonymous Grandma

Aslin Beer Co.

Bach to Rock Herndon

Bargain Loft Thrift Store

Beth Bittenbender

Bowlero, Bowl America Dranesville

Caboose Brewing Company

Cabot Cheese

Cantina D'Italia

Catena Safaris Argentina


Creative Cauldron

Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park

Escape Room Herndon

Great American Restaurants

Hair & Nails Care

Hidden Creek Country Club

Joseph Hyman

International Spry Museum

Jim Hardcastle

Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Lettuce Entertain You (Mon Ami Gabi)

Lubin Portrait Studio

Pat Macintyre

Judith Mandrgoc

Merrifield Garden Center

Janie Odlen

Panjshir Afghan Restaurant

Keith Perich

Pinot's Palette

Annette & Bob Reed

Reston Association Aquatics

Reston Association Tennis

Reston Historic Trust & Museum

River & Trail Outfitters

Mary & Charlie Saunders

Six Flags America


Starboard Cove Creations

Tarara Summer Concerts

The Bargain Loft Thrift Shop

Total Wine & More - Reston Store

Washington Nationals


Elliot & Kathleen Wicks


Please support the businesses that contributed to the 2022 FISH Fling



David R. Mandel, FISH Fling Chair 

Susan Sather, FISH Fling Co-Chair

Peggy R. Fox

Renee Boyle

April Elliot

Janie Odlen

Mary C. Saunders, FISH Executive Director

Kevin Fletcher, Bargain Loft Thrift Shop Manager

Successful "Stuff the Bus" Food Collection

Herndon-Reston FISH was invited by Fairfax County to participate in the "Stuff the Bus" event at the North County Government Center in Reston on October 9. We collected 863 pounds of groceries! (a good result, especially for a holiday weekend with many other activities happening around the community.)


The need for food is real: about 87,000 people in Fairfax County are experiencing food insecurity! Food items donated help with the FISH Holiday Food program and the excess will support the St. Anne's Episcopal Church Food Pantry.


Thank you to the County for selecting us, to Supervisor Walt Alcorn for hosting us, to volunteers who spent their time helping, and to all those who provided groceries.

About "Stuff the Bus": The event began in 2011 in response to a critical need to help restock the shelves of local food pantries after the holidays. This collaborative program is a partnership between Fairfax County Government and local nonprofits. Now in its 10th year, Stuff the Bus continues to support food assistance efforts for families and households. Since inception, Stuff the Bus has collected over 220 tons of food to feed hungry people in Fairfax County. Each County Supervisor will have one or two Stuff the Bus events in their district on this day.

HRFISH Has Its Own Tea Blend for Sale: "Hooked on FISH"

We are honored Elden Street Tea Shop has selected HRFISH as one of the nonprofits to be part of its InclusiviTEA program. The InclusiviTEA mission is to promote “Diversity, Acceptance, Community.”


Our tea blend is called “Hooked on FISH" (Friendly, Instant, Sympathetic Help).

The blend is green tea, goji berries, a hint of marigolds (for color), and a splattering of FISH sprinkles (for their cheeriness, brightness and optimism, plus they’re FISH!). The blend will not only soothe the stress of the holiday season, it will also complement savory offerings (like cheeses) and sweet delicacies alike.


For each tin of “Hooked on F.I.S.H.” sold, ESTS will donate 20% to FISH!! Bask in the knowledge that each delicious sip supports your community!

ORDER A REFILL: “Hooked on FISH” refills may be ordered


Brewed all your tea but still hooked on December's "Hooked on FISH"? You can order more! FISH still gets paid 20% of the revenue of each refill, so you can keep supporting your favorite charity by drinking your favorite tea. Click here to ORDER "HOOKED ON FISH" 

Scenes from the Holiday Parade

Reston holds a holiday parade at the Town Center every year during the  holiday season, and FISH always participates and hands out candy to the children. The video shows the crowds from this past year's festivities.

Scenes from the Gala

2019 FISH Fling Gala

On May 18, 2019, friends and supporters of FISH gathered at the Dulles Crowne Plaza Hotel for an evening of friendships, dining, entertainment, and dancing at a gala celebrating 50 years of FISH service to the Herndon-Reston Community. A silent auction of gifts donated by area businesses and supporters helped to raise funds to support our efforts. We greatly appreciate the generosity of those donors (see below) and all who purchased items in the auction. Your support is vital.


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StarFISH 2019 Honorees

April Elliott

A Bargain Loft employee since 2011, April’s artistic and managerial skills have revitalized the Bargain Loft, increased both profits and employee morale. April shares the duties involved with running a successful retail shop, managing a large staff of volunteer employees, and unpredictable stock Aside from her managerial work, April has volunteered much of her time to FISH, working on a variety of projects including the Bradley Farm Haunted House, FISH Flings, Thanksgiving Parades, and as one of the founding volunteers for FISH’s SNAP program at the Herndon Farmers Market. April says, “I am proud to be part of an organization whose volunteers are focused on providing assistance to those in need, while respecting community member’s dignity. FISH’s volunteers continually inspire me with their compassion and respect towards clients.

Barbara Williams

Barbara has volunteered for Herndon-Reston FISH since 2007 and was hired as Bargain Loft co-Manager in 2011. As a volunteer Bargain Loft cashier, she trained many other cashiers and worked on money management. As co-Manager, she shares duties with April to hire, train, and schedule their volunteer employees, manage physical maintenance of the shop, and offer great customer service to customers and donors. Barbara talks about FISH, and encourages donations from everyone she meets. When her family was young, she volunteered for the Girl Scouts, PTAs, and Booster Clubs. Now she’s focused on helping those outside her own family but still close to home. Co-managing the BL makes that possible. Barbara says, “I would never have been able to do this job with anyone else, April is a true star. While there are many in need all over the world, I like to focus my energy on helping those in need here in my village.” She encourages everyone to please donate, time and money to FISH, so you can enjoy helping those close by too.


2019 FISH Fling Sponsors

ANGEL FISH $5,000+

Fairfax County Reston Community Center (RCC)

The Closet

BIG FISH $2,500 – $4,999

Griffin Owens Insurance Group

Hyman & Sather Families

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC)

GOLD FISH $1,000 – $2,499


Cornerstones, Inc.

Mary Jo & Phillip Baedecker

Linda & Tom Haselhorst

Delegate Ken Plum & Mrs. Jane Plum

St. John Neumann Catholic Community

SAIL FISH $500 – $999

Kelly & Doug Kroll

Peggy LeReche

Scoggin Home Team

Roger Stone &Holmquist

SUN FISH $250 – $499

Susan English

Marshall & Susan Gerstel

Natalie & Chris Gohrband 

Jack & Laura Greenspan

Jim & Diane Hardcastle

Lisa & Kelly Hughes

Janet & Joe Hyman

Margrit Kenny & Alexandra South

Erik Landberg

Raba & Paul Letteri

Ellen Moran

Michelle & Steve Moyer

Steven & Susan Reber

Bob & Annette Reed

Ed Robichaud

Susan & Bill Sather

Larry & Susan Scharff

United Christian Parish Church

Barbara & Sheldon Williams

Steven Webb


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FISH Board Members and other volunteers marched in the Reston Holiday Parade, November 23, and handed out almost 3,000 individually wrapped Swedish fish, while a band made up from our Bradley Farms supporters played Christmas Carols.


FISH participated in the Alternative Gift Market at Unitarian Universalist Church, December 1, 2018

Scenes from 2018 Fling Gala

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StarFISH 2018 Honorees

Juliet Hills

A Bargain Loft volunteer since 2014, Juliet's impact will last long after she returns home to Bath, England. Juliet brought the Bargain Loft deep knowledge of antiques, jewelry stones and settings, and all things European. Juliet has donated countless handmade jewelry pieces to the Bargain Loft and past Flings and has more than tripled jewelry revenue at the store. Juliet quadrupled our Facebook followers and is a friend to Bargain Loft, volunteers and customers alike. We've all been touched by her genuine kindness and lovely personality. The  Bargain Loft has been forever changed by Juliet.

Janet Hyman

Janet was drawn into FISH by the implicit obligation of living on Drop Forge Lane, home to dozens of volunteers and four past presidents. She moved into the role of president herself during a time of challenge, and her calming manner and communication skills helped the board settle back into a happy working group. Janet started working on the Fling with the transition to a sit-down dinner and dance event, and she continues with party planning and silent auction donations. Janet represents Fish on a number of community boards, and she has been a member of our executive board for over a decade, currently as vice president. Her friendly outgoing personality has brought many volunteers and employees to the fish family.

Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Jimmy's Old Town Tavern is the "place to meet, greet, and be happy" in downtown historic Herndon. Owned and operated by the Cirrito family, the tavern has been open for business for over 20 years and occupies a main building that is over 120 years old! Jimmy and his crew are amazing community supporters as well as advocates for FISH. We welcome their dining gift certificate donations to the Fling auction for many years, and we thank them for a fabulous charity bartending evening benefiting FISH.