Photo by The Georgetown Dish
Mayor Gray, tennis champ Mark Plotkin and Mimsy Lindner, president of friends of Volta Park
Mayor Gray, tennis champ Mark Plotkin and Mimsy Lindner, president of friends of Volta Park

Mayor Gray with flowers of thanks for the $200,000 pledge for the tot-lot (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Mayor Gray with flowers of thanks for the $200,000 pledge for the tot-lot

One of the most important Georgetown social events is the annual Friends of Volta Park fundraiser. Not just a Friday evening cocktail party and silent auction, it’s a whole weekend of events, including a tennis tournament, a community picnic, children’s games, a dunk tank and flea market – all this past weekend.

Started 17 years ago by John Richardson, everybody is pretty much tuned into the cadence of the evening, to the extent that Jack Evans, the long-time councilmember and Georgetown resident, had to say “come on folks, you know the drill,” as he tried to get the attention of the crowd.

Mimsy Lindner, of Friends of Volta Park, Councilmember Jack Evans and Sally Davidson of 1789 restaurant which donated the hors d'oeuvres (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Mimsy Lindner, of Friends of Volta Park, Councilmember Jack Evans and Sally Davidson of 1789 restaurant which donated the hors d'oeuvres

But Mayor Vincent Gray knew how to got everybody’s attention – with an announcement of $200,000 to upgrade the park’s tot-lot, the first commitment from a new city public-private partnership to assist neighborhoods that have shown the support Georgetown has for Volta Park. In response, John Lever, a principal park supporter, handed the Mayor a flower bouquet in a demonstrtion of surprised gratitude,

Ann Satterthwaite, ANC Commissioner Ron Lewis and wife Anne Lewis, member of the Old Georgetown Board and Linda Greenan of Georgetown University at the party (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Ann Satterthwaite, ANC Commissioner Ron Lewis and wife Anne Lewis, member of the Old Georgetown Board and Linda Greenan of Georgetown University at the party

The money will be well-spent, according to Lever.  The lot has not been touched since 1986 and it needs new drainage system and replacement of the outmoded wood chip playing surface.

Commissioner Bill Starrels, Mayor Gray, Councilmember Evans and Commissioners Ron Lewis and Ed Solomon (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Commissioner Bill Starrels, Mayor Gray, Councilmember Evans and Commissioners Ron Lewis and Ed Solomon