Alexandria, VA April 27, 2022
During Spring2ACTion, ACT for Alexandria’s biggest single giving day event, Del Ray Café
announces it will donate 5% of its May sales to ACT for Alexandria in honor of its tenth
anniversary. In addition to Del Ray Café’s 5%, matching donations by Wendy Brown of
the Surviving Survivors Fund at ACT for Alexandria and The Jen Walker Team—
McEnearney Associates, Inc. REALTORS was announced.
ACT for Alexandria (ACT) is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of
people in Alexandria, VA. ACT has invested more than $1M in capacity building grants
to deserving Alexandria nonprofits since 2005.
Laurent and Margaret Ticer Janowsky opened Del Ray Café (DRC) on May 1, 2012 in a
former 1925 home converted to a 48-seat restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of
Alexandria. DRC is a French café serving local, natural and organic products daily for
brunch and dinner. Del Ray Café’s mission to “Buy Local” in every aspect of its business
extends to its annual giving. As a result, the community voted Del Ray Café the 2017
Heart of Del Ray, awarded annually by the Del Ray Business Association.
“When we decided to again make a charitable donation for our 10th anniversary, we
couldn’t think of a better choice than ACT,” said Laurent. Margaret added, “Witnessing
first-hand the enormous outpouring of generosity by our neighbors during today’s
Spring2ACTion continues to reflect how far spread our community’s interests and
concerns are. We decided that a donation to ACT for Alexandria continues to be the
best way to benefit the greatest number of people in our community.”
“We are honored and thrilled that Laurent and Margaret are celebrating the anniversary
of Del Ray Café with this generous donation to ACT,” said Heather Peeler, President and
CEO of ACT. “Del Ray Café and the Janowsky family embody the spirit of Alexandria, a
community that is compassionate and dedicated to caring for one another.”
The donation will support ACT’s programs and initiatives including the Youth Council,
the Youth Support Network, and the Racial Equity Capacity Building Initiative. More
details about ACT and the grants program can be found online at
This generous donation, coupled with the matching grants, is expected to be more than
$30,000. The donation will be presented to ACT on June 3, 2022 at DRC.