Photo by Judith Beermann
Frank Randolph, Brooke and Stephane Carnot
Frank Randolph, Brooke and Stephane Carnot

"I believe so much in the mission of St. John's. Georgetown has an immense amount of wealth and also a needy population." Brooke Carnot explained, "Its great to see where the rubber meets the road. You can become attuned to your neighbors. I'm so grateful to be involved."

Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Robert Devaney, Belinda Winslow (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Robert Devaney, Belinda Winslow

Brooke and Stephane Carnot welcomed several hundred guests to their elegant Georgetown home Wednesday evening. The occasion was the annual Georgetown House Tour Patrons' Party, a tradition established in 2001 by the Grande Dame of Georgetown, Frida Burling. 

Jennifer and David Romm (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer and David Romm

This annual kick off for the Georgetown House Tour benefits St. John's ministries to homeless adults and children, the unemployed, senior citizens, and young children in DC schools. Tickets are still available for the Tour on Saturday, April 27, 2019. 

Dr. Tina Alster, Paul Frazer, Barbara Crocker (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dr. Tina Alster, Paul Frazer, Barbara Crocker

The lavish tented garden party was an opportunity for friends and neighbors to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and chat about the upcoming House Tour. 

Jeanie Pim and Linda Battalia (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jeanie Pim and Linda Battalia

The Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Rev. Gini Gerbasi announced the establishment of the Frida Burling Community Service Award.

Rev. Gini Gerbasi, Tycely Williams, Belinda Winslow (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rev. Gini Gerbasi, Tycely Williams, Belinda Winslow

Presented to Tycely Williams, Junior League of Washington President, the award honors the organization for their involvement and support of the Georgetown House Tour for over 25 years.

Jackie Pletcher and Charlie Eisen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jackie Pletcher and Charlie Eisen

Rev. Gerbasi shared with guests the eight decades long connection. "Frida Burling joined the Junior League of Washington in 1934 at the age of 19. For more than 82 years, she passionately led dozens of successful programs which strengthened the lives of thousands of women, children and families, and meaningfully mentored hundreds of young women within the Junior League of Washington."

Belinda Winslow and Kate Michael (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Belinda Winslow and Kate Michael

"Frida was a force of nature, fiercely committed to improving the lives of others through her work ... She was also a brilliant fundraiser, raising millions of dollars for projects around the city, including the Junior League's headquarters on M Street in the heart of Georgetown."

Reid Dunavant and Samira Farmer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Reid Dunavant and Samira Farmer

"And even this party was her idea-- a way to bring together people she loved with a cause she cherished."

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Frida's daughter Belinda Winslow was moved by the presentation which recognized her mother's life-long commitment to the underserved.