MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
The art of writing a "proper" thank you seemingly goes through stages and cycles as technology re-structures many forms of etiquette. While email notes have apparently become the trending method for delivering a message of thanks, I recently read that there is an uptick in the handwritten message of gratitude that was always the norm years ago. From a birthday gift or a graduation present, how many of us recall our folks insisting that we sit down with a pen and paper and script a message of appreciation?
Discounting trends and norms, I personally want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, our family of supporters and friends, for joining us in celebrating 80 years of service at our Garden Party on May 23rd. No matter how you engaged, be it via your presence, your sponsorships, or your gifts, you have shown your devotion to our tireless efforts to preserve the Home's legacy of service for generations to come. Our efforts are affirmed by your support.
As well, there is gratitude to the team here at the Home for their never-ending hard work to make our celebration as seamless as possible. The hours and sweat equity made for an evening that the residents and our guests will remember for years to come.
And, I also want to thank the family of staff who encouraged and organized a community celebration of Pride Month. In furthering our efforts to always be inclusive and embrace diversity, this latest expression of recognition that we share more similarities than we do differences resonates to the core of our mission here on Western Avenue. I am proud to be a part of the fabric of the Home and trust that each of you feels likewise.
80th Anniversary Celebration
: A Night to Remember
After months of planning, our
80th Anniversary Celebration took place on May 23rd in the courtyard of the Home. The evening was lively with music by The Chuck Brown Band, the presentation of the Laura Lisner Award to former Mayor and Councilmember Vincent C. Gray, and the delivery of the Proclamation citing May 23rd as "Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home Day" by Laura Newland on behalf of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. The event also included a show and sale of the artwork created by residents who participate in the Home's art program and a very successful silent auction. The residents themselves partied until closing time! Among our many guests were Councilmember Mary Cheh and former Laura Lisner Awardees, Dr. Marta Schneider, Charlie Brotman and Michael Akin. This, however, is not the end of our celebration; our 80 year legacy in caring for the aged underserved of the city is a tribute to the vision of our founders and we will continue our work to sustain the Home for generations to come.
Matthew Frumin, Lisner Board President, presents former Mayor and Ward 7 Councilmember, Vincent C. Gray, with the Laura Lisner Award
Laura Newland, (center left) Director of the Department of Aging and Community Living, delivers the Mayoral Proclamation to Ward Orem, CEO; Sue Hargreaves, Administrator; and, Matthew Frumin, Lisner Board President
Vincent C. Gray with former Laura Lisner Awardees, Charlie Brotman (center) and Michael Akin, President LINK Strategic Partners
Vincent Gray with Residents, Nia Kuumba (left) and Geraldine Saap
On Friday, May 31, the Home Celebrates Capital Pride Month
In closing out a month of celebrations, the staff, residents, and friends of the Home joined together for our 1st annual Capital Pride Month festival. Understanding people and their backgrounds is crucial to community growth because diversity makes the world go round! Not only do we become more aware when we celebrate each other, we gain a sense of pride for the diversity of our community here at the Home. Fun and games, including music and a special happy hour were enjoyed by all to celebrate our LGBTQ community members.
From left, Residents Tommy Taylor, Gladys Kazigian and Mary Sharpe join in the Capital Pride celebration
Residents Anthony Adams and his mother, Alice Adams, wave the rainbow flags
Lisa Harfoot, Director of Social Services, with resident Earl Morgan tossing the bean bags
Staff members from left, Quiana Powell, Dana Prinkey, Rosie Carter, Joan Dunn and Lynnette Van Horn enjoying the festivities
THANK YOU TO OUR 80TH ANNIVERSARY
The John Dickson Home
The Henry and Annie Hurt Home for the Blind
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker Home
Hamilton Insurance Agency
The Louise Home
Matthew and Joanne Tobriner
Allied Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Bank of America
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
Hysong Funeral Home
LINK Strategic Partners
Medline Industries, Inc.
Somerset Development Company, LLC.
Bollinger Energy Corporation
Brightstar Communications, Inc.
Cooper & Crickman, PLLC
Douglas Development Corporation
The Family Council of the LLDH Home
Matthew and Lena Frumin
Jeremy and Suzanne Landsman/Avenue Real Estate
Carole B. Lewis,
DPT, GCS, GTC, MPA, PhD, PSOAE, FAPTA,
Joel and Carolyn Nazdin
New Community Partners
L. Ward Orem
David and Connie Povich
The Resident Council of the LLDH Home
Marta Anne Schneider, MD
Bay City Pest Management, Inc.
Blauch and Associates, LLC
Scott and Sue Hargreaves
Jackson & Campbell, P.C.
HPSI Purchasing Services, LLC
Jackson & Campbell
Thorn and Sharis Pozen
Radiation Physics, Inc.
Regional Construction Company, Inc.
The Charitable Foundation of the Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
FY 2019 GRANTS
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E
DC Commission on the Arts
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
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LLDHH designation numbers are:
United Way #8007