A crowd of Georgetown's most charitable tonight gathered in a pretty garden to honor Gunther Stern for 25 years of service to the Georgetown Ministry Center as its Executive Director. He was praised for dedicating his professional career "to rebuilding and empowering the lives of people who are homeless," and for his "immense commitment, passion, and experience." Ward 2 City Council Member Jack Evans lauded Stern in off-the-cuff remarks, and then read an account of his accomplishments before he presented him with a gold statue that looked quite like the Oscar. Not bad. "Best performance by a citizen looking out for those who have less or nothing."
"Under Gunther's remarkable leadership, GMC has grown from a small outreach center to a warm and welcoming clubhouse that provides people with a sense of respect and community," said the program. "His work doesn't stop there. Gunther has used his expertise and passion to advocate for those without a voice." He graduated from George Washington University and the University of Maryland.
Also speaking at the party, hosted by Ellen Charles in her home and garden, were Georgetown Ministry Center board president Patricia Davies and benefit committee member Outerbridge Horsey. They gave flowers to Ellen to thank her for donating her home and also to the event's co-chairs, Jocelyn Dyer and Page Evans (in the photo just above). Everyone seemed to be enjoying the catering -- including crab cakes, spiced shrimp, ham biscuits -- from Broad Branch Market.
The weather was gorgeous. But in embracing the balmy air it was a reminder that it won't be this pleasant for long. When the winter comes with its brutal cold and biting winds, think of the people who have no home to go to and keep warm. That's when you go to this website, Georgetown Ministry Center, to see how you can help Gunther. Bookmark it!