Press Release      

Date:  04/23/2021


Contact:  Andrea Money, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William, 571-765-7568

Contact:  Debbie Jones, President & CEO, Prince William Chamber of Commerce                , 571-765-1877

Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Partner on new Virtual EventLEAD the Way Walk-a-thon

Manassas, VA – May 1st-22nd Leadership Prince William (LPW) and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce are hosting their first Lead the Way Virtual Walk-a-thon fundraiser. This event is made possible thanks to several generous sponsors, including the LEAD sponsor, Youth for Tomorrow. Participants can walk when and where they choose, with ideas provided on the event website:

For the last few years, LPW and the Chamber have collaborated on Gourmet Guys Give Back, an event designed to bring the community and local leaders together around GREAT food prepared by amateur chefs. This year with COVID restrictions still in place, the two not-for-profit organizations decided to do something a little different.

Says LPW Executive Director Andrea Money, “We wanted to do a fundraiser that encourages business and community leaders to give at the same time that it encourages them to get out of their house or office–or on the treadmill if that’s more their thing–enjoying the people and places that make our community outstanding. “ She noted that part of the value of the LPW program is in the places participants get to visit and the people they get to meet. “This virtual walk idea hearkens back to that.”

The LEAD the Way Walk-a-thon invites participants to register, donate and participate from anywhere in the country. LPW Alumni living in California, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina have already signed up and donated. Using a virtual platform, there will be no central gathering point or designated day for the event. Rather it will span from May 1-22 and participants may walk when they want for however long they want. Past LPW Classes and Chamber member businesses are encouraged to form teams and challenge one another in showing their support.

“The platform and the fact that there is not a central gathering point or specified date encourages participants to get creative and make this fun for themselves and their teammates/supporters. Ideas have been posted to the event website and we’ll be continuing to add to that page as we receive additional suggestions,” says Chamber President & CEO Debbie Jones, a 2010 graduate of LPW.

Your support will help LPW and the Chamber continue to cover operating costs and offer quality programming in a year when COVID continues to create financial challenges for not-for-profit organizations. In addition, this challenge helps to remind us all that, just like our beautiful community in springtime, our businesses and leaders will keep bouncing back in creative and surprising ways.

Visit for details on how to register for this event.

You can also help LPW and the Chamber meet their $20,000 fundraising goal by making a donation. Text 50155 to securely give using keyword “LPW” + the amount you’d like to donate. A link will be sent to allow you to complete your donation.

Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area.  Past graduates of the Leadership Prince William program have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs; serving  Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is to make the community a better place through collaborative leadership. They offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at or call 571-765-7568.


About the Prince William Chamber of Commerce: The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the strongest voice for the business community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region. Together with our diverse membership, representing nearly 70,000 employees we work to create an environment where business and people thrive. To accomplish this, we focus our efforts in the key areas of business growth, economic development, advocacy, education and community outreach. In this way, we are building a solid foundation for the success of our business members and our community. For more information, visit our website at or call the Prince William Chamber at 703-368-6600.