A Very Spirited ‘Spirit of Georgetown’


A couple of hundred Georgetowners gathered Oct. 19 at the artful and Victorian home of Pamela and Byrne Murphy on 30th Street to support this year’s “Spirit of Georgetown” campaign and awardee, the John Dickson Home — and all to benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center.

Kelly Andreae, executive director of  Georgetown Ministry Center, welcomed the lively crowd (SRO at one point) and introduced Babatunde Adekson, who had struggled with mental health and homelessness. Today, he is a professor living in Arlington, thanks to help from GMC. Andreae noted that the community cooperative non-profit at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW has helped 90 individuals find homes this year.

Event co-chairs Cailin Monahan, Colman Riddell and Elena Tompkins presented the 2022 “Spirit of Georgetown” award to Terence Collins, who represented the John Dickson Home, which continues its mission at the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home on Western Avenue.

Georgetown Ministry Center has served the needs of Georgetown’s homeless since 1987. This year’s event raised upwards of $250,000 for the center.

The event’s online auction continues through Friday — go.charityauctionstoday.com/bid/Spirit2022.

Kelly Andreae, executive director of Georgetown Ministry Center, and Ron Castaldi, GMC Board President. Georgetowner photo.

The lively, talkative crowd at the Murphy home. Georgetowner photo.

 

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