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Gypsy Soul Restaurant to Host Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser to Benefit World Police & Fire Games in Fairfax 2015

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~Chef Rj Cooper vs. Fairfax County Firemen~

(FAIRFAX, VA) March 2015 – In anticipation of the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games, ~Gypsy Soul~ (8296 Glass Alley; Fairfax, VA, 22031; 703.992.0933; is hosting firemen of various Fairfax County firehouses to go up against James Beard award-winning Chef RJ Cooper in a chili cook-off battle event.  Each Monday beginning March 2nd, and ending March 30th, firehouses have a chance to raise money benefitting this biennial athletic event, open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world.

Located in the Mosaic District in the Merrifield neighborhood of Fairfax, Virginia, ~Gypsy Soul~ is centrally located for the Games’ approximate 12,000 entrants (slightly more than the Summer Olympic Games) and 5,000 volunteers and is also a supporter of Fairfax 2015. 

“I have profound respect for first responders.  The bravery they perform daily is priceless. As a cook, I have heard about these amazing firehouse cooks, and well, let’s just say challenge on!  Chili is like pizza – it’s all deeply personal and let’s see who comes out of the fire!” says Chef Cooper in response to the weekly battle throwdown.

The launch date of this battle royal is March 2nd.  Each team, Chef RJ Cooper vs. a Fairfax County Fireman, will prepare 50 portions to serve at both lunch and dinner service at ~Gypsy Soul~.  Guests receive two bowls of chili along with a ballot for $10.  The votes are tallied at the end of the day and the winner is announced the following morning via social media.  Customers must buy the chili in order to vote.  First come, first served and firemen will be on hand to discuss the Games and chili cook-off throughout the weeks.  If the firehouse wins, the Games receive 100% of the chili revenue from that day.  If Chef wins, they receive 50% - the stakes are high!  The Firehouse to receive the most votes receives a pig roast by Chef Cooper.

“This partnership is an example of the type of excitement the 2015 World Police & Fire Games are bringing to this community,” states Bill Knight, President and CEO of Fairfax 2015, Inc., the organizing committee for the Games.  “We are excited to work with Chef RJ Cooper and his team to promote the Games and provide a platform for Fairfax County Firefighters to showcase their culinary skills!”

To further the stakes, each Monday is a different chili style.
March 2nd:  Red Chili
March 9th:  Chili Verde
March 16th: Vegetarian Chili
March 23rd:  Venison Chili
March 30th:  Turkey Chili

About Award-Winning Chef RJ Cooper

Chef RJ Cooper is a Detroit native who’s resume spans over 20 years in some of the top kitchens in the U.S.  A graduate of The Culinary School at Kendall College in Chicago, he has worked with esteemed colleagues including Jean Joho, Tony Mantuano, Daniel Schaffhauser, Guenter Seeger, Eric Ripert, and Jeff Buben.  Chef was honored in 2007 by the James Beard Foundation with the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic award for his work at Vidalia in Washington, DC.  The host of the online television series “Chefs of Anarchy” and Iron Chef America battle chef, Cooper owns Rogue 24 in Washington, D.C., a restaurant where his passion and love for the culinary craft, paired with old and new world technique, and laced with a bit of rock and roll form this three-star adventure in dining.  ~Gypsy Soul~ in Fairfax, Virginia, is his second restaurant and features his devotion to the American farmer through life at the table.  He is an active member in many local and national non-profits focusing on hunger, children and local community.  Cooper resides in McLean, Virginia, with his wife, Judy, and twin daughters, Bridgette and Ava, and is often seen on his Harley-Davidson with hair blowin’ in the wind seeking out the next great ingredient to his cooking.

Media Relations:
Bronwyn Jimenez
Gypsy Soul
Tel. 202.288.4049

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2015 World Police & Fire Games Venues Announced

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FAIRFAX, VA – (February 10, 2015) Fairfax 2015 and the World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) have announced the official venues and locations for the rapidly approaching event. The Games are one of the largest multi-sport events in the world with over 12,000 athletes from police, fire and other public safety agencies expected to compete between June 26 and July 5, 2015. Venues span the National Capital Region providing opportunities for the entire community to get involved and support the global first responder community.

The Games will feature 61 sporting events hosted across 53 venues in and around Fairfax County, Virginia. Notable venues include:

  • George Mason University - One of the largest sports hubs for the Games, GMU will host 13 events at their athletics facilities, including baseball, basketball, boxing, bodybuilding, Judo, swimming and several others. As many as 4,200 athletes are expected to compete over 10 days at GMU’s Field House, Aquatic Center, the RAC and Center for the Arts. In addition to the athletic events, GMU will also house approximately 500 athletes at student resident housing.
  • Lerner Town Square at Tysons II - Centrally located in the vibrant Tysons Corner area, Lerner Town Square will be the site of the dodge ball, CrossFit® and beach volleyball competitions. The location is easily accessible via the new Silver Line metro and is located near shopping and dining at Tysons Corner Mall. This marks a venue change for the beach volleyball competition.
  • Springfield Town Center – Newly re-opened in October 2014, Springfield Town Center is the final Games venue addition. The town center will play host to the Ultimate Firefighter Competition, a multi-day competition that tests participants capabilities in four stages – Hose Task, Weight and Strength, Obstacle Course and High Rise.

“The World Police & Fire Games truly unite our community in support of the brave first responders who keep us safe. The range of locations across the National Capital Region illustrates the local community’s enthusiasm for the Games,” said Bill Knight, Fairfax 2015 President and CEO. “From large venues like George Mason University to local high schools and parks, we are thrilled to bring this year’s Games to so many locations around the area, allowing Fairfax and the greater D.C. area to show their support for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to public safety”. 

Two of the larger participatory competitions will take place in multiple venues with Ice Hockey featured at the Kettler Capital Iceplex, Reston Skatequest, Ashburn Icehouse and the PrinceWilliam Ice House and Golf teeing off at the Laurel Hill Golf Club, Lansdowne Resort and the Evergreen Golf Club.  Both Indoor and Outdoor Soccer competitions will take place in Loudon County at the Dulles Sportsplex and Morven Park respectively.

As previously announced, Opening Ceremonies for the Games will be held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on June 26 and Closing Ceremonies will be held at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center on July 5.  Reston Town Center will be the home of Athletes Village and Games Expo.

“While it has been a daunting task to schedule so many events into so many different venues, it has been a pleasure working with each of our partner venues,” said DJ Mackovets, Fairfax 2015 COO. “Each venue, from the smallest to the largest, is dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our participating athletes and showcasing Fairfax County and the Capital Region to the world”

For a complete and up-to-date list of sporting events and locations, please see the Interactive Venue Map on the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games website.

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#GivingTuesday - Fairfax 2015 joins Fairfax County “12 Ways of Giving “

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Starting on #GivingTuesday  (Tuesday, December 2), the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships will launch their annual “12 Ways of Giving” Program to promote giving to local nonprofits leading up to the Holiday season.

Fairfax 2015 is committed to providing the best athlete experience to each of the 12,000 plus public safety officials during next summer’s World Police & Fire Games. You can help ensure these humble heroes have the experience of a lifetime while visiting Fairfax County and the National Capital Region by donating through the “12 Ways of Giving” program.

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