Enjoy a Great Night of Music, Dancing, Food, and Fun in Potomac

  • June 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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There will be something for everyone to enjoy at this black tie optional event. There will be a performance by classical musicians and a DJ for dancing to mostly 60 and 70's music. Food, Beer, and Wine will be provided by our gracious hosts at their private residence in Potomac, MD. Beethoven Found, a 501 (c) 3 Charitable organization will be collecting donations at the door to benefit wounded warriors and their families.

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  • Leslie H

    I am disputing my $35 charge on American Express and sending a donation directly to the true Wounded Warriors fund. This is organization is not directly related to them and no proof of how much goes where.

    2 · June 29

    • Louise A

      http://beethovenfound...­ This is the organization. This was the organization on the invite. Please check out their former events and the Advisory Board, which includes well respected generals. There are over 400 organizations that support wounded warriors. Beethoven Found has been responsible for some of the largest contributions of any organization. It is a 100% volunteer organization. They also provide musical instruments for disadvantaged students and have given large donations to many other organizations. Do whatever you like. I think they can do without your $35! I certainly hope you did not eat or drink anything at the event.

      1 · June 29

    • maxine

      Thinking of doing the same. There are so many other places to contribute to the welfare of wounded veterans.

      July 2

  • Anil

    To The Organizers: If you're trying to manage events, you should not take criticism personally but as areas for greater focus next time. (1) comments about food being a bit sloppy n cheap and food running out are fair -- lessons learnt: next time, organizers should make sure food is of an acceptable quality and be upfront about what guests should expect, make sure there is sufficient quantity available and it is better managed (2) fees at the door : Imptt to be fully transparent and precise about money matters: specify minimum if there is one, if not specify say no minimum but expected $. The problem was not what was said on the Meetup group but it seems that people at the door were saying different things to different people hence the confusion (3) When you're soliciting donations from the public, you shouldnt be surprised donors want high standards of disclosure and transparency, that's par for the course in this businesss, no? So, lets keep up the cheer n the good work.

    1 · June 30

    • Lynda M

      That was a very thoughtful statement. I am on the Board of two health-oriented non-profits and we are very careful to be transparent up front. We can only depend on the good will of our donors to inspire loyalty and organizing teams for Walkathons, etc. We also disclose what percentage goes to administrative costs. So many of us from all professions volunteer to keep those costs down. I was a bit disappointed as well.

      3 · June 30

  • Jeryl

    All of the comments have been removed. I did not do this. Based on the feedback from Singles Popups members, I conclude this Meetup was not a good fit for our group. It also did not meet my general guidelines for Popups, which include:
    No Meetups in private homes
    No Meetups cross posted from other groups
    Exercise discretion when giving money to organizers
    I am sorry many of you were disappointed and I was not more vigilant. Next time - even if the Meetup is for a good cause - I will enforce our guidelines. Thank you!

    2 · June 29

    • Jeryl

      Hi Joan, That is a question Louise should answer.

      June 29

    • Louise A

      I will say that keeping websites updated takes money and the organization only periodically has volunteers to do that work. The director of the organization is also the president of a commercial company. He does this work strictly on the side for humanitarian purposes. The last thing I have to say is that there were some very nice people from this Meetup Group who attended the event. I am sorry that they have not been as vocal as the detractors. I don't sponsor charity events. I just did this as a good deed for an organization that I know personally does a lot of good. As they say, however, no good deed ever goes unpunished. LOL

      June 29

  • Joan

    Not as stated in the description.

    June 29

  • maxine

    What was supposed to be a suggested donation was a mandatory $35.00 entrance fee. The food was gone by the time we arrived. It was stuffy and pretentious. The only good part was that the money went to a good cause. We wound up leaving and going somewhere to eat.

    1 · June 29

    • maxine

      I planned on making a donation that might have exceeded $35.00, but there is a big difference between "donations will be taken at the door," which implies suggested and voluntary. Mandatory is a different thing all together. It would also have been nice if all the food hadn't been gone by 8:15. Watching people hand pick at a couple of chicken carcasses was almost painful.

      4 · June 29

    • Joan

      When I got there - I was told the minimum donations was $50.00 and it is not a blatant lie that the man at the door who was running it - told me that.

      1 · June 29

  • Jeryl

    I am going to ask that we refrain from any further commenting on this Meetup. I have gotten the message this Meetup fell short of many members' expectations. I also recognize there are people who had a good time.

    But the Meetup did not conform to my guidelines for this Group and I am the main Organizer paying for the Group. In the spirit of harmony, let's move on. Thank you.

    3 · June 29

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