John Dreyfuss, Halcyon House, Assistant Chief Patrick Burke, Beth Solomon, and Officer Robert Ferretti receive awards
Members and friends of the Georgetown Business Association filled Dumbarton House with music, dancing and holiday celebrating as the GBA held its annual meeting and holiday party, naming The Georgetown Dish“Business of the Year.”
President Joe Giannino led the festivities, inviting ANC Commissioner Bill Starrels to present John Dreyfuss of Halcyon House the Art Schultz Communitarian Award. ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon presented Officer Robert Ferretti and Assistant Chief Patrick Burke of the Metropolitan Police Department the Joe Pozell Public Safety Award.
“Georgetown is in great shape,” D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans told the annual meeting,
thanking the GBA for all its contributions. He urged Georgetowners to do their holiday shopping in Georgetown — pointing out that it helps local merchants, the health of the community, and leads to tax revenues for the cash-strapped District.
Beth Solomon, publisher of The Georgetown Dish, echoed that theme as she accepted the award for “Business of the Year,” joining contributors Tina Alster, Judith Beermann, Mary Bird, Quinn Bradlee, Frida Burling, Bonnie Cain, Patti Cumming, Page Evans, John Divney, Janet Donovan, Wendy Gordon, Robb Hoffheins, Tricia Huntley, Leslie Maysak, Katie Manning, Neshan Naltchayan, and Bill Rice, who were honored for their work in Georgetown. The Dish was launched one year ago today, Dec. 16 at Hook in Georgetown. It now attracts over 30,000 visitors per month.
“It’s been a challenging time for all Georgetown businesses, so please get out there and shop for the holidays here in the neighborhood,” Solomon said, thanking GBA officers Joe Giannino, Rokas Beresniovas, Riyad Said and Elizabeth Webster for their hard work over the year. “We’re delighted to support Georgetown and its merchants, and we want to do more.”
Sponsors included Dumbarton House, Sugarplum Tent Company, Colonial Parking, Georgetown University Hospital/Medstar Health, Bank of Georgetown, Cox Graae + Spack Architects, EastBanc, MRP Realty/Washington Harbour, Altman’s Parking, Cafe Bonaparte, Paolo’s/Capital Restaurant Concepts, and Clyde’s.
The Radio King Orchestra filled the party with fabulous jazz standards and holiday tunes.