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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.

Redskins Pierre Garçon And Paisano’s Pizza Team Up For National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Pierre Garcon Paisano Pizza

In observance of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Paisano’s Pizza and Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon have teamed up to assist the family of 8-year old cancer victim Tara Sankner of Fairfax, Va. The ‘Let’s Take Care of Tara’ campaign runs from now through September 30 at the 22 participating Paisano’s locations in the Northern Virginia and Maryland area.

Every Tuesday in September, callers mentioning the campaign will have 10 percent of their order donated directly to Tara’s family to assist with treatment and growing medical expenses as Tara battles an inoperable form of brain cancer identified as astrocytoma. Each year approximately 12,400 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute, with brain cancer, tumors of the central nervous system and leukemia’s making up more than half of the new pediatric cancer cases. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children 14 and under and kills more children per year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined. Yet the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates only 3% of its funds to pediatric cancer research.

Fouad Qreitem

Fouad Qreitem, owner of Paisano’s (Photo Credit: fairfaxcitypatch.com)

After learning about Tara Sankner’s condition, Paisano’s Pizza and Mr. Garçon joined forces to lend their support and influence to garner community support for Tara and her family.  Giving back to the community has always been a core value of Paisano’s. Founder and owner, Fouad Qreitem, recipient of the Community Champion award in 2011 said, “I have an 8-year-old daughter and cannot imagine my family being faced with this situation.  I want to help to raise awareness and to ease some of the financial burdens for Tara”.

In addition to lending his support to the “Let’s Take Care of Tara” campaign, Mr. Garçon has pledged a $2,500 for every touchdown he scores during the Washington Redskins vs. the Philadelphia Eagles season opener on Monday Night Football on September 9, 2013. In addition, he is encouraging his friends, family and supporters to take action by donating to foundations focused on raising money and awareness of childhood cancer causes and research into new cures. Viewers are encouraged to show your support and solidarity for Tara and her family by using #TD4Tara during Monday night’s game broadcast.

Pierre Garcon

Washington Redskins’ Pierre Garcon (88) scores a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Mr. Garçon’s commitment to community service and civic involvement is a passion. His recent donation of $50,000 worth of new football uniforms to three DC-area schools demonstrates his dedication to use his influence, both on and off the field, to positively affect lives in his community and be an example of practical altruism.

“The platform I was granted when I entered the National Football League has provided me with the opportunity to positively impact so many people, and to encourage others to do the same,” Garçon said. “Partnering with Paisano’s Pizza to provide financial relief to Tara’s family as they go through this is the least I can do.”

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