Real Husbands of Loudoun County began as a Facebook group for exchanging jokes, memes and tributes, and it quickly grew into a social and professional network with more than 7,000 members.
Along the way, members began to use RHOLC as a platform for raising awareness of people facing difficulties and mobilizing efforts to assist those people.
Now, with the formation of the RHOLC Foundation, the group is formalizing its mission to be a force for positive change in Loudoun County and beyond.
“We just formed the 501c3 so we are approved and ready to begin doing more work to help the community,” RHOLC Founder Suhile Adam Alami said. “Our goal is to give something back and to make a greater impact in the community.”
A monthly networking event — which was going to serve as the group’s kick-off for the foundation — was postponed Nov. 14 because of the snow storm. It has been rescheduled for Nov. 28 at the Bungalow Lakehouse.
“It’s the first big fund-raising event for the foundation, and we already have over 200 sponsors and expect 180 to 200 people,” Alami said.
The Nov. 28 gathering will also help launch one RHOLC’s initial fund-raising efforts. A new beer, being brewed for RHOLC by Beltway Brewing, will be available for the first time.
“It will be on tap there that night, which is a closed event and you have to have a ticket,” said David Armentrout, sales and marketing manager for Beltway Brewing and a member of RHOLC. “It will be available to the public at Delirium Cafe, Sully’s Pour House in Herndon and Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern.”
The beer is called Bring Your Hands, which has become the motto for RHOLC and its efforts to help people in the community.
“It started as an inside joke in the club but it evolved into meaning ‘bring your hands and help,'” Alami said. “It’s about not just giving money, but giving your time and your effort to give back to the community. A lot of bars are going to carry it and they are going to donate a percentage of the sales back to the club. They believe in the mission and the foundation.”RHOLC has already been active in using its platform in service to others. A group of seven members gathered supplies and delivered it to North Carolina after Hurricane Florence in September. Other projects benefited people right here in Loudoun County.
“Bring your hands can mean so many things,” Alami said. “For example, we heard about a veteran who needed help with his landscaping. We had about 20 guys who went over there and brought their hands. They helped cut some trees and planted some bushes.”
Alami said the foundation will expand RHOLC’s reach and further its seven-fold mission for community impact: Brotherhood, Veterans, Human Faith, Patriotism, Family, Community and Integrity. Long-range plans call for building and staffing a community outreach center.
“Our main goal is to have an RHOLC building, to be a place for us to partner and collaborate with existing groups, like fighting hunger or homelessness, or for abused women,” Alami said. “The lower level will have a lounge and a cafe and places to meet or hold events. In the upper level, it will have workspaces that we can make available. For example, we could help someone who wants to start a business or wants to make a change in career.”
Alami said the bottom line with RHOLC is that it is a group of men who want to give back to the community.
“We want to help as many people as we can and find ways to give back,” he said. “We want to help people with family tragedies like house fires, or veterans with PTSD. We also want to collaborate with organizations that are already trying to help.”
The networking event is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the Bungalow Lakehouse.