Georgetowners Celebrate at Friends of Rose Park Benefit

Photo by Oliver Devine
 Jack Evans and Connie Hetem
Jack Evans and Connie Hetem

 Steve Gottleib with FRP board members David Dunning and April Lynn Bowler (Photo by: Oliver Devine) Steve Gottleib with FRP board members David Dunning and April Lynn Bowler

The Friends of Rose Park (FRP) hosted their annual Fall Benefit at the Dodge Mansion in Georgetown's East Village Thursday night.  Dodge, home of gracious FRP supporter Bill Dean, provided the perfect setting for guests to enjoy sunset cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the garden followed by recognition of supporters and presentation of awards.

FRP President David Dunning presents the 2014 Service Award to teacher Janel Jackson. (Photo by: Oliver Devine) FRP President David Dunning presents the 2014 Service Award to teacher Janel Jackson.

While the community is very excited about the the city's construction project currently underway to improve Rose Park, there are no allowances for maintenance and upkeep. The primary goal for the FRP event was to fund a larger maintenance budget in anticipation of these future costs. 

Noted photographer Steve Gottlieb was on hand to sign copies of his latest book "Washington, Portrait of a City", with all proceeds to going to FRP.  FRP President David Dunning presented host Bill Dean with a beautifully embossed leather bound photo book commemorating the event as well as a signed print of the last Rose Park Gala at Dodge by photographer and board member Oliver Devine.  "This is unbelievable", said Dean upon receiving his gifts, "such a worthy cause".

Andy Kohut and Simon Jacobsen (Photo by: Oliver Devine) Andy Kohut and Simon Jacobsen

The evening's true star was the recipient of this year's Service Award, educator Janel Jackson. Jackson, who runs the district's little explorer's program for young elementary students taught out of the small recreation hut in the park, has made a lasting impression on countless children and impressed parents with her hard work, positive attitude, and amazing results given the limited resources and space she has at her disposal. 

Thank to all the guests who came out to celebrate Rose Park!

Host Bill Dean expresses surprise upon receiving a print from photographer Oliver Devine showing a scene from his home the last time he hosted the same event. Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans. (Photo by: Oliver Devine) Host Bill Dean expresses surprise upon receiving a print from photographer Oliver Devine showing a scene from his home the last time he hosted the same event. Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRP Gala Chairs Dane Towell and April Lynn Bowler enjoying a candid moment. (Photo by: Oliver Devine) FRP Gala Chairs Dane Towell and April Lynn Bowler enjoying a candid moment.

Sidney Lawrence and Oliver Devine comparing tweeds (Photo by: Oliver Devine) Sidney Lawrence and Oliver Devine comparing tweeds

1 Comment For This Article

Anonymous

So sorry we were out of town! Thank you one and all for our WONDERFUL ROSE PARK