Month: April 2017

Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs: Shark Tank 2017

APRIL 20, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Becky’s Fund, a national non-profit committed to ending intimate partner violence, and The Covello Foundation, a non-profit committed to character development of youth through sports, are partnering to sponsor a “Shark Tank” entrepreneurial scholarship competition with students at Friendship Public Charter School Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. During this competition, the students will present business ideas to solve an issue in their community to a panel of “shark” judges. The panel will announce the top three most effective presentations and award them with a total of $6,000 scholarship funds for higher education granted by the Covello Foundation. Hosted by Brandon Andrews, a senior consultant at Values Partnerships, ABC’s Shark Tank casting, this pitch competition will be judged by a panel made up by Danny Boice, Founder of Trustify, Mitch Katz, President of Capital Associates, Apollos Hill, Security Operations for TEK Systems Consulting, Christina Covello, Vice President of The Covello Foundation and Stephanie Covello, President of The Covello Foundation.

Students at Friendship, many of which belong to the football and basketball teams, have been counseled by mentors to develop potential solutions to issues they see in their community.

This initiative will further strengthen the bond between Becky’s Fund and Friendship Collegiate Academy, who have worked together through the Men of C.O.D.E. (Men of Character and Ownership, Dedicated to Leading by Example) program.

“Through Men of C.O.D.E., we have had a tremendous journey working with the student athletes from Friendship Collegiate Academy’s football team, empowering them to become positive male role models for their peers and community,” said Becky Lee, Founder of Becky’s Fund. “We are thrilled to host the Shark Tank pitch competition sponsored by the Covello Foundation at Friendship to encourage creative thinking, entrepreneurship, and help prepare our youth to take charge of their economic destiny.”

When asked about the relationship between this competition and Becky’s Fund mission of ending domestic violence by one of the participants, Lee replied, “Our pitch competition gives you an extraordinary opportunity to practice important communication and negotiation skills while teaching you how to actively listen, which is necessary in maintaining a healthy relationship. Further, financial strife is a large reason for why couples fight, so learning how to create a strong sound financial plan can also assist in helping you secure a happy and healthy relationship now and in the future.”

Led by Coach Mike Hunter, Friendship’s football team has been involved in several community programs that have made an impact on and off the field.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Becky’s Fund and the Covello Foundation to bring Shark Tank to Friendship,” said Coach Hunter. “We have seen the incredible impact of the Men of C.O.D.E. program on our boys over the last three years and are excited to watch them compete and learn about financial literacy hands-on through the upcoming Shark Tank competition.”

The Covello Foundation was started by the Covello family in memory of their father, a lifelong coach, college athlete, and mentor to youth in his community. Through the Foundation, they have been able to continue his legacy by facilitating character development in young people nationwide.

“Our dad was not only an athlete and a coach, but also an entrepreneur who founded a software services company in New Jersey,” said Stephanie Covello, President of the Covello Foundation. “He truly believed that discipline, resilience, and persistence, were all characteristics that develop through sports, which in turn lead to success in business.” “Partnering with Becky’s Fund and the students at Friendship Collegiate is the perfect opportunity to support young athletes in our local community, while fostering entrepreneurship, creative thinking, and teamwork, which honors our father’s legacy,” added Christina Covello, Vice-President of the Covello Foundation.

The live pitch competition will be held on April 26th, 2016 at 6:30-9:00 PM in the auditorium at Friendship Collegiate Academy located at 4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. and is open to the public.

Becky’s Fund is a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent intimate partner violence by creating awareness, encouraging advocacy among peers, promoting activism through outreach programs, and providing support for survivors and their families. To learn more about what they do, visit

Established in 2006, the Covello Foundation has sponsored clinics and special training events, provided financial support to young people to allow them to participate in team sports, made significant enhancement to community athletic fields and awarded baseball training scholarships to players who demonstrate that special “heart and soul” approach to the game and their team. To learn more, visit



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Break a Sweat with Becky’s Fund!


Address: 1201 U St NW #300, Washington, DC 20009
Price: $25.00

We are excited to partner with The Dailey Method to get our heartbeats racing before Gold Cup! Please join us on Saturday, April 29 for a Charity Spinning Class. Only 15 bikes left before the class fills up! All proceeds go to Becky’s Fund.

Please RSVP to by Wednesday, April 26 to reserve a bike.

Get Ready for Gold Cup!

Join us for a day of Steeplechase racing at the 2017 Virginia Gold Cup while supporting our mission to address domestic violence awareness, advocacy, education, and prevention. Tickets include entrance fees, luxury transportation with bathroom and A/C pick-up at Copperwood Tavern Shirlington to and from the racetrack, open bar and food all day. All ticket holders get free entrance into the afterparty.

We are thrilled to announce that for our 10th Annual “Investing In Hope” Fundraiser on Saturday, May 6 at the Virginia Gold Cup, Becky’s Fund will be hosting a tent on Member’s Hill, elevating our Annual Best Dressed competition at every Washingtonian’s favorite equestrian event.


2017 Gold Cup Ticket Prices

VIP Tent-Only ($250.00)

Entry into Gold Cup, Access to Members Hill and Becky’s Fund VIP tent on Members Hill, Catered Hot and Cold Food, Full Bar all day, Entry into Afterparty at Quinn’s.

VIP ($300.00)

Transportation from Copperwood Tavern- 4021 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA to Gold Cup and back, Entry into Gold Cup, Access to Member’s Hill and Becky’s Fund VIP tent on Members Hill, Catered Hot and Cold Food, Full Bar all day, Entry into Afterparty at Quinn’s.

For more information, visit our event website.

Gold Cup Pre-Game

Becky’s Fund is thrilled to invite you to our Pre-Gold Cup Games Night. Our event is the perfect cure for the mid-week slump. From 6:00-9:30 PM on April 12th, come to We Work White House for food, drinks, and stay for the nostalgia: Get in touch with your inner child and join us in playing a few games and dancing your socks off with our band, Little League Champs! If you buy your Gold Cup ticket at the event, we will sweeten the deal even further and gift you a $50 certificate to a local restaurant.

All of this for only a $20 cover charge! Please join us for this can’t-miss event. Note this event is free for WeWork members but all donations are gratefully accepted.

RSVP now at:

If you can’t join, you can still get your Gold Cup tickets at

Thank you to Tinder and everyone who tweeted, helping Becky’s Fund raise $21,916!

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Tinder launched the #FundHerCause campaign this past March. They chose 12 non-profit organizations that seek to aid and empower women and, using Twitter, gave out codes to 2500 lucky participants, good for a $100 donation to the non-profit of their choice. Thanks to you, we were able to raise $21,916 for Becky’s Fund! We will be using these funds to support survivors of domestic violence as they transition from abuse to safety. Thank you so much for your support and helping us #FundHerCause! Here are some of our favorite tweets from the campaign:

“It’s Saturday and you know what that means, @Tinder! Ready to dance my pants off. Or at least until you donate to @BeckysFund. #FundHerCause” – @Kitepimp

“Hey @Tinder, we seem to have a lot in common – sassy, fun & @BeckysFund. How about we take this to the next level and #FundHerCause?” – @shannkd84

“A haiku:
Support @BeckysFund
Domestic violence be damned
#FundHerCause @Tinder !” – @REAL_EricNicola