Georgetown Community and Neighbors Gather For The Holidays
December 8, 2011 – District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray told attendees of Georgetown’s annual neighborhood party Wednesday night how pleased he was to see the university community, city leaders and residents gathering together for holiday music and refreshments.
“It’s wonderful to be able to walk in this room during the holiday season and see members of the ANC [Advisory Neighborhood Commission] and members of the community as a part of the Georgetown University community,” Gray said.
Both Gray and President John J. DeGioia noted that the annual party marks a time when university members and neighbors can reflect on the work being done to reach their common goal of a strong, vibrant neighborhood.
In his address to attendees in the packed historic Riggs Library, Gray acknowledged the steps taken this year to on the university’s campus plan.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress,” he said. “There were concerns raised by the community, and I think the university has worked hard to respond to those concerns. I think we are going to reach a successful conclusion.”
Also in attendance at the party were Georgetown ANC Commission chair Ron Lewis, vice-chair and treasurer Ed Solomon, vice-chair Bill Starrels and commissioner Jake Sticka.
City council members Tommy Wells (D-Ward) council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large); Patrick Burke, assistant chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD); and Keith Darr, principal of Holy Trinity School also came to the party.
“It’s a pleasure to work with you in so many different ways to realize our common goal of strengthening the wellbeing and livelihood of the city we share,” DeGioia told the crowd. “We are grateful to be part of such a vibrant neighborhood and it’s always a privilege to gather with you – good friends and colleagues – for relaxation and fellowship.”
The neighbors, some of whom have been coming to the event for more than 10 years, arrived at Georgetown for the party despite a chilly, driving rain.
“We were so impressed last year, that we had to come back,” said Charles Roy, who attended the event with his wife, Candace.
The night also featured music from Holy Trinity School’s children’s choir and the Georgetown University Gospel Choir.
“This is one of the great events of the season,” said DeGioia. “And we look forward to the new year with great promise — with the joy that comes from working closely with neighbors and friends to deepen our relationship in profound, meaningful, and lasting ways.”