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What a Brunch It Was!

Foggy Bottom West End Village (FBWEV) outdid itself with a grand Brunch on 11/3/19 to honor founder and volunteer, Carl Vacketta. Almost 80 people joined us at RIS to enjoy the delicious food and endless beverages including Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and wine. From quiche and shrimp tempura to beef short rib sliders and mini pot pies, everyone loved the food. It was hard to leave room for dessert although RIS’s tarts and melt-in-your-mouth macaroons still disappeared!

Carl Vacketta, one of the Village’s founders and ongoing volunteers received the 2019 Founders’ Award for Community Spirit. A representative of the Mayor’s office also presented him with a framed proclamation from the Mayor, honoring Carl’s service.

A nationally recognized attorney in the field of contract law, Carl has given generously of his time, skills, and resources since the Village was just an idea. Although he stepped off the board earlier this year, Carl continues to serve on the Governance and Finance Committees and lends his legal expertise whenever needed. In addition to his work with FBWEV Carl has had a leadership role on the board of the Capital Area Food Bank for years and serves on St. Stephan’s parish council.

Many attendees also purchased bottles of wine from the Wall of Wine, which were donated by board members and friends of the Village. The auctioned “staycation” and brunches generated some lively bidding which also benefitted the bottom line.

Because member dues only cover about 30% of costs, contributions from individuals and companies in the community are essential to maintain services and programs. This year’s Brunch was a financial success due to the generosity of many people. Following is a list of our sponsors to whom we are most grateful.


Check Out Our New YouTube channel!

The first video up on our page is the wonderful Art Thursday event from this past week. We will be recording and uploading events from here on out, so stay tuned to our page! 

Here is the link to our FBWE channel and here is the link to the first Art Thursday recording.

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Meet Some New Members

Larry PresslerLarry Pressler

Larry Pressler joined the Village, along with his wife Harriet, in June. Larry is a native of South Dakota, a state he represented for two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and for three terms in the Senate between 1975 and 1997.

Larry and Harriet have one child, Laura, who lives in Massachusetts with their four grandchildren. They frequently visit the grandchildren in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Harriet Pressler has been a longtime Washington, D.C., Realtor and remains very active on the real estate scene.

Among many other distinctions, Larry was the first Vietnam veteran to be elected to the U.S. Senate. He graduated from the University of South Dakota. Then, he interrupted his Rhodes Scholarship in Oxford to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served two combat tours in Vietnam.
Larry went on to earn degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of four books, most recently last year’s “Neighbors in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent.” During his three terms in the U.S. Senate, he was the author of much legislation including the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the famous “Pressler Amendment” regarding nuclear nonproliferation.

Larry is currently a Board Member for Rising Star Outreach, which operates leprosy-related clinics across India. In his spare time, Larry enjoys going to music concerts with Harriet. They joined the Village to make new friends.

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Meet Our Executive Director

Denise Snyder has 40 years of experience running small and mid-sized nonprofits in the Washington area. She brings experience with volunteers, program development, organizational management, and fundraising. She has been involved with villages for several years and is energized by the sense of community they create. Denise joined our village in April 2019.  

...and Our Assistant Director

Welcome Jonas Frumkin, our Assistant Director, who is a 2020 graduate of George Washington University. Jonas was a part of the Human Services and Social Justice at GW where he focused on older adults. He worked with us as an intern before starting as Assistant Director. He previously interned at IONA Senior Services.


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The Village has open office hours: 
Mondays through Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The office is located at:

2430 K Street NW

(202) 333-1327.

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