THERE REALLY IS A LIGHT SHINING AT THE TOP OF THE HILL
[from July 2001 issue]
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Something very nice happened this month in Adams Morgan, something which suggests that the promise of our city succeeding in turning itself around may get fulfilled after all, thanks to the commitment of thousands of good people who work hard making their small businesses or community organizations grow and their neighborhoods prosper.
Quietly, without much fanfare--in fact, in his own self-effacing manner--Adams Morgan businessman Stephen Greenleigh set out to honor the legacy of one of Adams Morgan and the city's really great citizens, George Frain, by establishing the George Frain Distinguished Social Entrepreneurship Award to be conferred upon individuals considered to have bettered the community through their commitment to devoting their business or professional pursuits in a fashion that also serve the good of the community.
Certainly, that was what motivated George Frain for the more than 25 years until he passed away about three years ago. George devoted enormous energy to Adams Morgan--and city-wide--betterment, mostly in his capacity as secretary of the business association, but also through his energetic advocacy of fair play for independent business owners and ordinary residents, particularly those new to this country or not otherwise "plugged-in" to the local power structure. He was, we are happy to admit, "aided and abetted" in his efforts by his extensive writings in this newspaper all those years as Senior Columnist.
So, there we were, in the delightful upstairs room of the I Matti restaurant with a wonderful mix of neighborhood folk--a virtual "United Nations" for which Adams Morgan is justifiably envied not just around this city but by visitors from all over. They were there not only to meet and participate in an event with visiting Brazilian artist and spiritualist Maria Gertrudes, who was making a special appearance, but to help honor those who were being recognized for their contributions.
Each was presented with a handsome Certificate of Appreciation which stated that it was being conferred "In recognition of . . . sustained exceptional contributions to the Spirit and Vitality of the Adams Morgan community." And who were these individuals that had been singled out for what will become an annual honor? There were five honorees comprising a diverse group: