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Dupont Circle Community Group Fundraiser Success Ensures Further Outreach Growth

By Iris Molotsky*

Accompanying images can be viewed in the April 2014 issue PDF

As I walked around the night of the auction, someone described it to me as an “international bazaar,” while others enjoyed the food and the jazz supplied by the Yoshi Nishio Trio and some hovered at tables to ensure they were not outbid for the item they coveted. I think the Dupont Circle Village’s fourth silent auction event had something for each of the 200 guests who gathered at the Woman’s National Democratic Club the evening of March 28th.

It was quite a success. We don’t yet have final numbers, but it is clear that we met our goal and surpassed last year’s amount. Most significantly, the proceeds from this year’s auction enables us to continue to help neighbors remain connected and independent in their own homes and to serve the needs of our aging population within the greater Dupont Circle community.

Guests were greeted by a display of more than 250 items to bid on from Greece, Mexico, France, Tabriz, Russia, Thailand and Afghanistan as well as local items. Item categories included art and photography, household items, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, certificates from hair salons, fitness centers, wines and food related items donated by local merchants, as well as unique items like two hours of professional help organizing closets, gardening, truck transporting and concierge services. Once again, destinations were a big attraction, featuring a week in a Paris apartment and a week in a cottage on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Celeb Salons, a series of conversations that bring together Washington insiders with Villagers and their friends for food and conversation in Villagers’ homes, once again created quite a buzz. This year’s stellar lineup includes Alice Rivlin, Ray Suarez, Phillips Collection Director Dorothy Kosinski, Camay Calloway Murphy and Christopher Calloway Brooks remembering “Cab” Calloway, Sara Horowitz, founder of the 234,000- member Freelancers Union and Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet. There are still some seats open; for information call the Dupont Circle Village office at (202) 436-5252.

As part of its mission to assist seniors who live and work in the community, Dupont Circle Village has been working with Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets and local business owners find ways in which to make shopping locally attractive and accessible to seniors. After surveying members and a sample of representative businesses, a list of recommended “age-friendly” practices was developed. Gail Kohn, head of the District government’s Age Friendly Initiative, hopes to use the Village’s program as a pilot project throughout the city.

Editor’s Note: This initiative with the neighborhood business community was the subject of an article published by us last year. See, “Dupont Circle Village and Neighborhood Businesses Working Together to Develop Age-Friendly Practices,” InTowner, November 2013 issue PDF at page 1; http://tinyurl.com/n4xo6nc ]

*The writer, a long-time resident of Dupont Circle, serves as president of Dupont Circle Village, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people remain independent in their homes and community as they age. For more information, see “Aging-in-Place Movement Grows With Formation of Dupont Circle Village,” March 2009 issue PDF page 1; http://tinyurl.com/m3w2lqq.

 

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