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Crishana Loritsch is a licensed property manager by day and a budding fashionista 24/7. A fourth generation native Washingtonian, she loves all things DC and credits her upbringing with making her into what she feels is a classic 21st century Renaissance woman.

Her love of the arts, music, fashion and all things girly began at an early age. Family legend has it that she only agreed to walk at the age of 22 months after her uncle promised to buy her a new dress. She walked the very next day and will walk a mile gladly to find the latest beauty and fashion must haves at a fantastic price. Her fondest memories growing up involve shopping with her Mom at Woodward and Lothrop (Woodies to us DC natives) and visiting every museum and art gallery that her legs and her Metro card could carry her. A few of her favorite DC destinations are The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Zoo, and The Phillips Collection. Living in the DC area and being in the property management field can be stressful, so Crishana is always on the lookout to take advantage of every opportunity to invest in her sanity, whether it's taking in a concert, seeing a ballet, or getting a massage and facial.

Crishana also makes sure to give back to her industry and local community. She co-chairs the Outreach Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Association Institute (WMCCAI) and also serves on its Editorial Committee as one of its featured writers of their publication, Quorum magazine. She was honored as the WMCCAI 2011 Volunteer of the Year as well as being named one of its 2011 Rising Stars. Additionally, she participates in 5K/10K races all over the Washington DC metro area which benefit such charitable organizations at Ringing In Hope, Habitat for Humanity Loudoun County, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, and The American Red Cross.

35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Freedom Walk

(Photo Credit: ga.psu.edu)

(Photo Credit: ga.psu.edu)

The 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Freedom Walk takes place  on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Southeast Washington, D.C.  Officially endorsed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, this event honors the life and legacy of Dr. King with a Peace Walk in our community and a Freedom Walk across the newly named Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.

The theme for this year’s walk is, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence in our community.” 

There will be two walking routes for this year’s event.  The first is a symbolic Freedom March across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge beginning at 8:45 a.m., and the second route, the Official Peace Walk will start at 10 a.m. and travel up Martin Luther King Avenue beginning at the offices of the United Black Fund (2500 MLK Ave. SE) and ending with a program at Shepherd Park (Intersection of MLK Ave. SE. & Malcolm X Blvd. SE.). The Freedom Walk portion will symbolize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.  Marchers are encouraged to view the historical Selma to Montgomery, AL march as it is sure to remind you the importance of this critical and significant moment in Civil Rights history.

The event is free and open to the public. All students participating in the 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Freedom Walk will receive Community Service Hours.   Students are encouraged to bring their Community Hours form with them the day of the event so it can be validated.


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