Photo by The Georgetown Dish
Major David Alexander, US Army, is flanked by Councilmembers Jack Evans and Vincent Orange
Major David Alexander, US Army, is flanked by Councilmembers Jack Evans and Vincent Orange

The Georgetown Business Association’s annual meeting and party had an unusual turn on Wednesday.  In addition to the routine installation of new officers for 2013, followed by dancing and festivities, the crowd  recognized and honored one of the country’s war veterans and heroes, Major David Alexander.

Major Alexander, awarded a Bronze Star for disarming roadside bombs in Iraq, is deeply connected to the District and Georgetown. In particular, his family was the owner of the house on P Street that JFK rented as a bachelor.  The major, introduced by GBA board member Ed Solomon, was joined by his father, Dr. Sam Alexander.

Awardees: (front row) Officers Antonio Atkins and Kathryn Fitzgerald, Linda Greenan, Zubair Popal; (back) Terry Bell, Jack Evans and David Abrams (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Awardees: (front row) Officers Antonio Atkins and Kathryn Fitzgerald, Linda Greenan, Zubair Popal; (back) Terry Bell, Jack Evans and David Abrams

Others recognized for their service to the community were MPD Officers Antonio Atkins and Kathryn Fitzgerald, recipients of the Joe Pozell public safety award, Terry Bell and David Abrams, recognized with the Art Schultz communitarian award, The George Town Club and Zubair Popal as the business and businessperson of the year, respectively, and Linda Greenan for lifetime achievement.

Major Alexander (left) with host Ed Solomon and father Dr. Sam Alexander (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Major Alexander (left) with host Ed Solomon and father Dr. Sam Alexander

The new GBA officers are Riyad Said of Wells Fargo Advisors, president, Janine Schoonover from the JSW Group, vp, Molly Quigley of Clyde’s Restaurant Group, secretary, and Karen Swarthout Ohri of Georgetown Floorcovers, treasurer.

Short remarks by City Councilmembers Jack Evans and Vincent Orange closed the meeting held in the basement of Dumbarton House on Q Street.

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