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>> THIS YEAR'S 'TATTOOS FOR COMMUNITY' EVENT BENEFITS THE FAIRY GODMOTHER PROJECT
Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival hosts annual 'Tattoos for Community' event

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Date published: 8/9/2012

BY LIANA BAYNE

Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival plays fairy godmother to a local charity each year. This year it'll grant wishes to a fellow fairy.

Co-owners Chance Kenyon and Kenny Brown, along with his wife, Tawnia, the business's manager, are hoping to raise more than $11,000 during this weekend's sixth annual "Tattoos for Community" event.

This year, the event will benefit the Fairy Godmother Project, a Fredericksburg nonprofit that assists families of children with cancer.

"We wanted to give back to the area," Tawnia Brown said.

People can walk in, get a tattoo and know the profit is going straight to the Fairy Godmother Project.

Because the Browns and Kenyon know what it's like to run a small business; every year of "Tattoos for a Community" has benefited a local charity.

Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival, which has hosted the event every year it's been open, has given to the food bank; the area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) program; Fredericksburg SPCA; the University of Mary Washington's Play Lab, which does autism research; and the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.

Tawnia Brown has a background in social work, so she knows how to effectively aid these types of nonprofits.

The trio tries to choose charities that are not just local but that relate to their own lives.

Kenny Brown's father died of cancer several years ago, which prompted this year's choice to work with an organization that supports cancer patients.

Andie McConnell, program director at the Fairy Godmother Project, said the group helps the families of kids in Fredericksburg who have cancer. The project offers services including lawn care, house cleaning, meal preparation, haircuts, date nights and professional photography sessions.

A daughter of McConnell's friend was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009. McConnell became like a fairy godmother to the 22-month-old and assisted her family. After that, she began extending her magic wand to other area families.

"We try to take care of things they let go," McConnell said.

The Fairy Godmother Project is assisting six families in the Fredericksburg area and two in the Richmond area.

"We want people to hear about these small nonprofits," Kenny Brown said.


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What: "Tattoo for Community" When: Saturday, Aug. 11 from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12 from noon to 8 p.m. Where: Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival, 1919 Princess Anne St. Info Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival: TattyShack.com, facebook.com/JBTR13; Fairy Godmother Project: FairyGodmotherProject. org, facebook.com/VAFGP