As fall begins here in DC, be sure to stay active and sign up for the upcoming Prevent Cancer 5K Run/Walk FUNdraising event on Sunday September 30 at Nationals Park . Event proceeds will go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs.
This year in honor of my mother, Patricia Randall, I have created a team called “Patty’s Preventers.” Many of you, especially in the Georgetown community, will remember her as she and my father Glenn arrived in D.C. back in the early 1960’s. As longtime residents within the District our homes were in Georgetown on Olive Street and then on Kalorama Circle . My parents also had their art & antiques gallery at the Four Seasons Hotel for two decades. Patty as she was affectionately known was a lover of beautiful flowers, art, and architecture. When I recall her, I see her beauty, strength and dignity. Please consider running on my team! Helping me with the team are my friends Tania Casco and Dave Anderson.
Prizes will include a LifeSpan Treadmill Desk, and a dinner for 10 by Windows Catering. Katherine Kennedy is chairing the event and the day will include food, games, and activities for people of all ages. You can even bring your furry friends as part of “Pets for Prevention.”
See you at the Park and help Stop Cancer Before It Starts!
“If you don’t have a record to run on, you paint your opponent as someone they should run from,” so said then President-elect Barack Obama in his 2008 Democratic National Convention acceptance speech in Denver. It’s all about performance. That’s what this year’s election is about. The headline issue - jobs. To quote our President in the same above referenced speech, “We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president …” Mr. Obama, where are the jobs?
As a financial advisor, earning and retaining my job as my clients' counselor is based on my performance. Should not our own President? Yet at this year’s Democratic Convention our President asked for another four years despite the fact that he said that if his stimulus failed to work he would not seek reelection. Well I guess determining whether stimulus is “working” is subjective. President Obama is seeking another term and his party did say, yes. Why?
Four years ago, I would concede that then candidate Obama was a charismatic and wonderful speaker. Even that cool poster of himself and the word CHANGE was catchy. I marveled at how he was able to captivate the young people of America, the women, the Latinos. He was inspiring! But this is changing as our President continues to disenchant numerous demographics as well those within his own party. Reports say that his White House is divided and morale is low. As a younger person (relatively!), staring at 36 directly in the eyes later this month I am just outside a key demographic that Obama had sewn up in 2008, namely the Millennials (18-29 year olds). In that election, Mr. Obama had their vote by as much as 66%. Today he leads Romney by 49% to 41%. Do you blame them? According to the July poll by Generation Opportunity, a non-profit, non partisan organization that attempts to mobilize young voters, almost 2 million of our young people are so discouraged that they have dropped out of the workforce. Among this demographic, that’s almost 17%!
As I spent Saturday night in that Millennial-rich Georgetown haunt, Smith Point, I considered this. There in that dark, alcohol-infested dive bar where the young and privileged elite go and where our country’s greater social ills are not apparent because our government’s largesse feeds their mouths and the trough is always full, I thought of our college grads - our future. All over our nation, those grads find that no one is hiring in their chosen career. Their debts are at staggering levels and according to Pew, 53% of those between 18-24 years of age have moved back home because of the economy. The Generation Opportunity poll shows that Obama’s loyal demographic has been short-changed. Eighty-four percent say they are delaying making important decisions or feel they are in jeopardy. Thirty-nine percent say they are delaying finding their own place to live, while 31% say they are delaying on starting a family. Furthermore, nearly 25% say they are delaying getting married, and 76% feel that the lack of job opportunities is shrinking the middle class.
If Obama’s devotees feel that there is a lack of opportunity now, what are they going to feel like after four more years of this President’s policies? With $16 trillion in debt and growing at $1 trillion a year, this is the reality that we face. How will we all feel when our government is even larger and more cash strapped? What have you done, Mr. Obama and where are you taking us? I still don’t know. Do you?
Co-founded by long time Georgetowners, Eugene and Margie Quinn of Winfield Lane, the Anacostia Gracious Arts Program (AGAP) is a Southeast, DC afterschool arts program that teaches students how to create, implement, and sustain a personally life-affirming outlook by using the arts and faith-based ministry to build self-esteem, camaraderie, purpose, growth, discipline, and creativity.
AGAP works with children ranging in age from 6-16, providing visual arts, drumming, dance, voice, drama, photography, and homework help to low-income children who live in the Benning Heights neighborhood. The program helps the students express their innate artistic talent by asserting their roots in their immediate community and by referencing the goals of "One City," as a whole.
The student’s lives are further enriched by wonderful trips and camps. This summer, AGAP's visual arts students recently attended the program’s annual Immersion Arts Camp in Newport, Rhode Island. In addition, some of the dance, drumming, voice, and theatre students participated in the 2nd Annual Summer Excursion in Anne Arundel County, "Bay Day.”
In speaking with Joan Sapp, AGAP Director of Development, I learned that in 2012-2013 AGAP will strive to strengthen its mission as a positive artistic and social force in the city by exposing its students to even more cultural venues and working artists via enabling the students to use their skills, confidence, capability, and aplomb to become helpers, interns, volunteers, and docents at other local arts institutions.
Another long-term goal is for them to eventually become working artists, themselves--via presentations of their works in local galleries (visual arts and photography) giving poetry readings; narrating the books of local children's authors; taking privately-funded music and dance lessons, participating in artistic competitions, being extras in local plays and operas, and becoming AGAP's future community teachers and advocates.
Please contact Joan Sapp, AGAP Director of Development, at 301.893.4493 or email@example.com to learn more, donate, or volunteer your time to this enriching and positive program. AGAP is a registered 501(c)(3).