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88th Annual Georgetown House Tour April 27th

March 24, 2019

Georgetown homes of yesteryear and their gardens of today are celebrated at the annual Georgetown House Tour on April 27, 2019. The House Tour, one of the oldest in the country, is once again co-chaired by Hannah Isles and Kelly Stavish and is sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church on O St. NW in Georgetown. Since its inception in 1931, the Georgetown House Tour has raised several million dollars to support charities that serve those in-need in DC’s Georgetown community and beyond. 

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“In its 88th year, the Georgetown House Tour has really become a signature St. John’s event that the whole community looks forward to and comes together to support and celebrate,” declared event Co-Chair Hannah Isles. 

If you’re partial to beautiful landscapes, lush gardens and unique architecture, than you won’t want to miss this year’s show from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm in Washington, DC’s most historic neighborhood.  

The self-guided tour features new and remodeled residences representing a variety of architectural styles. This is an excellent opportunity to see how great design impacts our quality of life through creativity, sustainability, and craft.  The tour will feature eight homes, and although no two are alike, the common thread that unites all of them are the beautiful urban landscapes and gardens which surround each house.

“This event brings together dozens of sponsors, hundreds of volunteers, gracious homeowners and a dedicated committee, to raise funds to support the ministries of St. John’s Church and make a meaningful impact in the lives of those that St. John serves,” added Co-Chair Kelly Stavish. 

Tickets for the House Tour include admission to a tea, a panel discussion regarding urban landscapes and entertainment at St. John’s Church.  

Tickets may be purchased in advance online, as well as on the day of the tour at St. John’s Episcopal Church Georgetown, 3240 O Street, NW, Washington, DC.

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Additional information about the Georgetown House Tour can be found here 

Reverend Gini Gerbasi, Rector at St. John’s Church Georgetown said, “The Georgetown House Tour provides vital funding for St. John’s ministries that support the most vulnerable members of our community. None of this would be possible without the help and support from so many members of our church, our friends and our sponsors.” 

This year’s Platinum sponsor is Long and Foster and TTR Sotheby’s is this year’s Gold sponsor. 

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown was the first Episcopal congregation in Georgetown. Founded in 1796, Francis Scott Key was among the first members and President Thomas Jefferson contributed to the building fund. Located in a Federal-style building, based on a design by William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, St. John’s was opened in 1804 and consecrated in 1809. The foundations, walls, roof and the bell tower are original. Today they are a joy-filled Episcopal Church that likes tradition but isn’t stuffy. All are welcome! 

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A Band of Sisters & Brothers Strengthen Women's Power

February 26, 2019

A celebration on Capitol Hill of a landmark act that builds women’s economic muscle not only in the USA but everywhere was held on Monday, supported by MARS Incorporated and CARE, the international philanthropic organization.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of Congressional Bipartisan Women's Caucus (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of Congressional Bipartisan Women's Caucus

The legislation was praised by Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Womens Caucus, and former Rep. Ed Royce, an author of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act (WEEE).

President Donald Trump signed the act in January.

Former Rep. Ed Royce, author of legislation to advance women's empowerment (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Former Rep. Ed Royce, author of legislation to advance women's empowerment

“We have a lot of work to do when it comes to women empowerment,’ said Lawrence.  “CARE, your leadership is not going unnoticed.”  She then pledged to fight to make sure that Congress funds the work yet to be done.

In his talk to about 80 Hill staffers and others who were instrumental in pushing the legislation to a positive vote, Royce said that despite the reluctance of Congress to pass anything  “I’m still a little astounded we got this bill through….it takes time to change attitudes.”

Kelly Horton, public affairs at MARS, (left) & Kim Frankovich, vice president of Cocoa Sustainability at MARS Wrigley Confectionery (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Kelly Horton, public affairs at MARS, (left) & Kim Frankovich, vice president of Cocoa Sustainability at MARS Wrigley Confectionery

CARE led the coalition effort to successfully fight for the legislation.

CARE CEO and President Michelle Nunn, in a recent op-ed in the newspaper The Hill, said:

“If you really want to help lift entire communities out of poverty for the long-term, they key is by empowering women and girls.” The WEEE Act does just that, boosting global efforts to support women’s economic advancement.

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“The WEEE Act improves USAID’s programs and activities that focus on women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment globally by expanding access to tools, resources, and skills for women entrepreneurs.

“With this legislation, millions of women will have protections around things like inheritance rights and financial inclusion which is critical for the 1 billion women left out of the global banking system,” said Nunn.

“The WEEE Act is a starting point for broader work that will empower women globally, including improving their access to comprehensive health services and addressing gender-based violence, two issues that hold women back from economic empowerment everywhere.”


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Kim Waters Live at Blues Alley Feb. 21-24

February 12, 2019

Saxophonist Kim Waters will be performing live at Blues Alley February 21-24, 2019.


Kim Waters has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For close to two decades the saxophonist, composer and producer has been one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz. He has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, amassing record sales of over a million albums and ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. Kim Waters’ music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness.

Kim Waters is the epitome of cool. The Washington Post says the model-handsome and charming saxophonist is "like a romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll...he has a flair for composing seductive melodies" while JazzTimes Magazine hails Waters"" sax stylings as "effortlessly expressive."


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