Hays Family Honored With Lifetime Award From Georgetown Business Association

Advisory neighborhood commissioner Ed Solomon speaks with Asst. Chief Patrick Burke of the Metropolitan Police Department (who began his D.C. career in Georgetown), as Georgetown University's Linda Greenan looks on. | Robert Devaney

The Hays family — and their store, The Phoenix, on Wisconsin Avenue since 1955 — was given the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgetown Business Association at its Senior Advisory Luncheon on June 15. The business, founded by Bill and Betty Hays, has been continued by John and Sharon Hays — and now their Samantha. Presenters, including Brad Altman, Jim Wheeler and Sonya Bernhardt, publisher of the Georgetowner, speaking for last year’s awardee, retired publisher David Roffman, told stories about the Hays family, the neighborhood and the Phoenix, “more than a store.”

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