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The Capitol Hill Community Achievement Awards 2023

On May 23 at a festive garden party held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (301 A St. SE), the Capitol Hill Community Foundation recognized four individuals who have made significant contributions to our neighborhood in a variety of ways.

This year political commentator Bill Press and neighborhood supporters Maureen Shea and Ken Allen were honored with Community Achievement Awards. James Perry, director of the Eastern High School Marching Band was awarded the Steve Cymrot Spark Award for his inspiring leadership and commitment to the students of the band.

Nicky Cymrot, president of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, welcomes guests at the awards ceremony.

Also presented at that event were the annual Arnold F.  Keller Award of $25,000 to two elementary school literacy programs, Reach Incorporated and Everybody Wins DC. The John Franzén Award for the Arts was awarded to the music education programs at Stuart-Hobson and Elliot-Hine Middle Schools and Eastern High School.

James Perry, winner of the Steve Cymrot Spark Award, conducts the Eastern High School Marching Band in a thrilling performance at the awards ceremony

The annual event is a fundraiser for the Foundation which, since its founding in 1989, has given more than $13 million to support activities, schools and organizations that benefit life on Capitol Hill. For more information go to capitolhillcommunityfoundation.org

Maureen Shea and Ken Allen, CHCF Achievement 0Award winners
Stuart-Hobson music director Robert “BJ” Simmons, Eliot-Hine music director Sandra Jean and Eastern High vocal director Tedrick Bonds accept the John Franzen Award for the Arts.
Presenters Alex Mills and Stephanie Deutsch with Achievement Award winner Bill Press.
Jordi Hutchinson (left ) of Everybody Wins DC and Jennifer Cartland of Reach Inc. (right) accept the shared $25,000 Arnold F. Keller grant. Photo: E. O’Gorek.

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