National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria is holding an event called “Rock The Block”. In this event, diners will feast along many, many blocks, from Carlyle down to the waterfront. The event takes place Nov. 7 from 6-9 p.m., and its reach extends across Old Town.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children director of development Brian MacNair said, “It’s a culinary tour where you eat and drink as much as you want from the restaurants that pretty much close to the public. A lot of times, these culinary tours or bar crawls…. You go and you buy tickets and you get samples based on your ticket purchase. This is drink and eats all you can – we either pay the restaurants to close down or partially close down – and then they choose their menu. …It gives the restaurants an opportunity to highlight themselves while doing good for a charity.”
According to the Alexandria Gazette, “And while the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is certainly the chief beneficiary, ticketholders certainly reap rewards of their own. Beginning at 6 p.m., they’ll start off at their assigned first stop, pick up a wristband, and launch into a food tour across Old Town. From the Carlyle offerings – Tequila and Taco, Whiskey and Oyster – over to the newly renovated Joe Theismann’s restaurant and on down King Street to Vermilion, Augie’s, Majestic, Mia’s and more, the food options are abundant and ripe for nearly every taste.”
As per Alexandria Gazette, “But the food and drink is only a part of the point of the evening. Rock the Block supports the NCMEC’s work in protecting children from exploitation and keeping them safe. Along with working to locate missing children, MacNair says the Rock the Block evening helps fund the organization’s programs centered on preventing child exploitation. Millions of tips come in each year about Internet exploitation, for instance, and helping children safely navigate the Web is something the center is focused on.”