We've begin full scale planning for our 2018 annual fundraiser, which will be held Monday, May 21st at St. Paul's.
This is an important event as we hope to raise a third of our annual operating budget from the gala. The goal this year is $65,000, primarily from sales of tickets to the gala and Village salons, silent auction items, and donations. This funding supports memberships for our low-income neighbors, social events, educational and fitness programs, services to members, and pays our staff salaries.
I've worked on this event for three years, learning a lot, making new friends, and having a good time. I'll pitch in again this year. When it's all over, you'll feel a great sense of satisfaction in helping stage a party that brings the Foggy Bottom West End Village together for a good time and raises money to help people right here in your neighborhood.
A lot of work is involved, most of it in the two and a half months before the event. To make this gala a success, we need about 25 Villagers to help out in March, April, and early May. We're talking about 10 to 30 hours of volunteer time over that period -- averaging 1 to 3 hours a week -- most of it spent right here in our neighborhood. A great deal of work can be done by phone or email from your home. Also, you do not need to be a Village member to volunteer.
In the past, we had the gala in the fall. We are moving it to the spring in part to make it more convenient for people to volunteer.
Here are some of the volunteer activities that need to be done before the event:
•Organizing food and drink for the event
•Contacting local merchants you already do business with to obtain donations for the silent auction
•Getting speakers and hosts for Village salons
•Recruiting and organizing volunteers for setting up, staffing the gala, and cleaning up afterwards
•Soliciting wine lovers in the neighborhood for premium wine for the Wall of Wine auction
•Promoting ticket sales to members and others
I hope you will join your neighbors in organizing this event. To sign up, email your name, phone number, email address, and your volunteer activity preference to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 202- 333-1327.
Thank you for your continued support.
-- Jane Scholz, President
Foggy Bottom West End Village Board
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Martha has lived in Foggy Bottom for almost 40 years, and says that joining the Village has “added an extra layer to my sense of belonging.” She was born and educated in Cordoba, Argentina, and then left to study German in Germany.
Martha speaks six languages and is a writer and translator. Upon moving to Foggy Bottom, she met Joseph Page, (also a Villager), when he was in need of a translator and a wife. “I translated his best-selling biography of Peron, and we soon married."
Martha calls herself a generalist, “by education and inclination,” which is reflected in the subjects of the MOOCs she has enjoyed taking in the last decade: Archaeology, Biology, China, Denmark's H.C. Andersen, English Country Houses, etc. She enjoys the film program of the National Gallery of Art, and is a member of the circle of "Amici of Gianandrea Noseda," the new conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and a fellow Foggy Bottomer.
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