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 Foggy Bottom West End Village

Meet Barbara Kahlow and our other Gala sponsors

Leading the way in support of the Gala this year are Barbara Kahlow, our presenting sponsor, along with EastBanc developers, Merrill Lynch and GWU Hospital. You can see a complete listing of all of the Village leading donors on our Sponsors page

Your name or that of your business should be there, too. Cash donations, in-kind donations for the auction and Wall of Wine, and purchases of Gala and salon tickets as well as wine corks count toward getting on this honor roll of those who give $500 or more.  Read more.

Remembering Rebecca

It is with great sadness that we tell you that Rebecca Coder, a founding Village board member, died this week from complications related to cancer.  She was 49.

The home going and life celebration service for her will be Thursday, May 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 25th and Pennsylvania Ave NW. 

There will be a reception and story sharing event following the service at RIS, 23rd and L Street NW. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rebecca’s amazing life with her family and friends.

Here is what members of the FBWE community have said about her.

2018 Village salons on sale!


Harriet Tubman-Cicely Tyson
Heroines are compelling, whether they are haloed or beheaded. They intrigue us, these women --- iconic, though not always angelic. We’ll examine women’s power through the profiles of women of power from many cultures. A wise person wrote, “We must add our light to the sum of lights.” See how we can do that, here and now, our way lit by heroines.

Marcy Heidish Dolan, a Village member, is the author of “Defiant Daughters” and three other books of nonfiction, plus numerous other books including “A Woman Called Moses: a novel about Harriet Tubman” that was made in a television movie starring Cicely Tyson.

She has held university professorships at Georgetown, The George Washington University, Fordham, and Howard University.

Salon will be Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m. in the Columbia Residences, 2425 L Street NW. Buyers will receive a gift certificate via email with the complete address and host contact information.

Buy tickets to this and other salons.


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Update on DCOA grant on social isolation

As you all know, FBWE Village was selected for funding under the DCOA Fiscal Year 2018 Senior Village competitive grant process. Our grant has been funded in the amount of $71,071.08. The key project goals include: 

•Recognize and build awareness around the topic of social isolation and engagement

• Create improved pathways to technology tools for seniors

• Provide access to knowledge and educational resources to other Villages locally, regionally, and nationally 

The FBWE Village staff, members, and volunteers are working closely with retained grant consultants, Double R Productions, and Young Marketing Consulting, as well as Selfhelp, the producer of a Virtual Senior Center based in Flushing, New York.

The grant is divided into two programming components each with clear performance standards and separate budgets. Read more.

Have fun with the Village

We have more than 230 events a year, from exercise classes and educational programs to happy hours.  Click here to see your friends enjoying Village events.  

Put yourself in the picture by signing up for one of our upcoming events below.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events


Meet some new members

Beverly Nyberg
Beverly Nyberg

Beverly Nyberg moved to Foggy Bottom in 1999 and earned her doctorate from The George Washington University, where she was an adjunct professor. She has over 40 years’ experience working in international development, particularly with vulnerable children and their caregivers, including 10 years in DR Congo.

Most recently Beverly served as Senior Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at The State Department and Peace Corps. Currently, she is an independent consultant.

Beverly enjoys working on her home, being outdoors, movies, theater, eating out and reading. She joined the Village to benefit from the group exercise classes (motivation!), enjoy other programs and have avenues to socialize and get to know her neighbors better. She also is involved in Georgetown Christ Church.

Meet more new members.

Meet our Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Leigh Sempeles joined the Village as our Executive Director in April of 2017. Leigh has more than 20 years of corporate experience in the legal online information industry and previously served as Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton, Ohio.

...and our Sr. Program Specialist

Welcome Peter Sacco, our senior program specialist, who is a 2015 graduate of George Washington University.  He served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Foggy Bottom before becoming the executive director of ANCs 2A, 2B, and 2E.  He previously served on our Village board.


Village office hours

The Village has open office hours: 
Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

The office is located at:

2430 K Street NW

(202) 333-1327.

We're here to help. Drop by or make an appointment.

Welcome our new IT intern


Ketaki Deo is our new intern and volunteer from The George Washington University. Ketaki is a sophomore at GWU studying Political Science and Human Services & Social Justice. In addition to her studies, she is the President of Allied in Pride and the GW Hindu Student Association.  

Starting March 19, Ketaki will be in the office and available on Monday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am and on Friday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 pm to help with your technology needs.

Also, you may schedule an appointment for her to come to your home by calling the office at (202) 333-1327 or by emailing:  


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2430 K Street, NW : Washington, DC 20037 : 202-333-1327 ::