‘Georgetown Is Hot!’ Mayor Tells Friends of Volta Park

“Georgetown is hot!” Mayor Muriel Bowser announced to a sold-out crowd at the Friends of Volta Park annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 1. Indeed, there was much to celebrate for more than 125 park supporters who gathered at the GeorgeTown Club to hear from Mayor Bowser, Council member Brooke Pinto and Friends of Volta Park board president Saraya Arnold about the state of the city, Georgetown and the park.

Bowser discussed a range of news including that Washington, D.C.’s sports teams are staying downtown, the pandas are coming back, tourism is once again on the rise, crime is down, and businesses are flocking to Georgetown, while Council member Pinto updated the packed room with the latest from the District Council.

The event — made possible by sponsors the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Little Folks School, Seoul Spice, Washington Fine Properties, Chevy Chase Trust Investment Advisors and Georgetown University —  was a record breaker for the Friends group in both fundraising and attendance.

Guests enjoyed park-themed specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with string performers from the National Symphony Orchestra providing a beautiful soundtrack for the evening.

The event’s highly anticipated “Luxury Raffle Baskets” were won by Georgetowners Chelsea Nair (Family Fun), Brendan Burke (Sports & Adventure) and Carrie Hoffman (Treat Yourself).

At the entrance to the party, a display highlighted the passing earlier this year of Georgetown’s beloved Nina Richardson, a founding member of the Friends of Volta Park. Her husband, John Richardson, founded the Friends group nearly 30 years ago and his daughter-in-law, Nicole Richardson, is now on the Board. The Friends of Volta Park will be planting a tree in the park and installing a dedication plaque in Nina’s honor when the City’s field restoration work is complete, expected later this year.



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