December 2014

  Living Legends of Alexandria  

December 18, 2014


In This Issue:




Through January 2, 2015

Exhibition of African American and Women Living Legends

BB&T Bank, Old Town branches.

January 5-30, 2015

Traveling Exhibition of 2014 Legends

Bisdorf Building Showcase, Alexandria Campus, Northern Virginia Community College

Through February 28, 2015

2014 Living Legends of Alexandria Photos

Alexandria City Hall

Market Square lobby

301 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

March 19, 2015, 6-9 PM

Meet the Legends Reception

PTO Madison Building

April 22, 2015




Prints Available

You’ve seen them exhibited at City Hall.
Now you can have your own Portrait of a Legend
(or give one as a gift).

Custom Framed Prints

Signed by the Artist

16×16: $325; 11×11: $250

Smaller print sizes and Gift Certificates Available.

Call 703-838-8098 for details.



LLA Logo Golf Shirts & Caps

Wear your support for Living Legends over your heart (and on your head)! Order your LLA Logo Golf Shirts ($45) and caps ($25) today. Download an Order Form.



Holy Cow Donations!

Remember to support Living Legends when get your burgers at Holy Cow Burger Joint, 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue.

In an innovative partnership with ACT for Alexandria, 2014 Living Legend Mike Anderson gives back to more than 75 local nonprofits by donating $.25 for every burger sold at Holy Cow, Del Ray’s Gourmet Burger Joint. Living Legends is #045 on the list. And yes, they serve veggie-burgers.



2014 Platinum and Gold Sponsors

Alexandria Commission for the Arts

Alexandria Toyota

Club Managers Association


Goodwin House, Inc.

Linda Hafer

Gregg & Monica Murphy on behalf of Senior Services of Alexandria

Nina Tisara

Renner & Company, CPAs



Board of Directors


Joe Shumard

Vice President

Bill Kehoe


Mary Anne Weber


Rodger Stephens


Pam Cressey

Audrey Davis

Linda Hafer

A. Melvin Miller

Cindy Savery

Pam St. Clair

Director Emeritus

Nina Tisara



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Message from the President

A very quick greeting!

Please read your Gazette Packet and in the weeks ahead to see the pictures and a sentence or two about each of our nominees for the 2015 Living Legends. Our selection committee will be meeting in mid-January to make the final selections.

In order to keep the Living Legends project going we need your financial support. Our campaign this season is to enlist 100 of you to become sustaining donors. Please consider setting up a small contribution in any amount to be paid from your credit card each month. It is easy to do, very safe, and you can stop at any time with a simple email. Please go here to get this going right away!

I am so happy (happy, happy) that we are finally in the season where, with a low fear of criticism, I can listen to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. I hope you are doing something that enjoyable during this Holiday Season! Please take to heart my favorite quote from Coach John Wooden: “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”


Joseph Shumard, President




2014 Living Legend of Alexandria Ramona K. Hatten

By Alice P. Morgan

Living Legend
Photo by Steven Halperson

For over thirty years, Ramona K. Hatten has been involved in community service in Alexandria. Hatten graduated from Mount Vernon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Since then, she has used her professional skills to help low income and public housing residents improve their quality of life. Hatten has encouraged them to become involved in civic activities, the PTA, voter registration and public demonstrations for justice. She was a grass roots campaign worker on Joyce Woodson’s City Council win.

Hatten was an Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority (ARHA) commissioner from 1982 to 1990. In 1988, she was instrumental in the formation of the Alexandria Resident Council (ARC) to assure public housing resident input into ARHA decisions effecting public housing tenants. In 1991, she lobbied city council to establish a resident slot on the ARHA board.

Read the full article at


Scottish Christmas Walk

Living Legends proudly marched in December’s Scottish Walk helping kick off the holiday season in Alexandria. Once again Dash provided a trolley flashing Living Legends for the Legends.

Pictured (l-r) Donnie Wintermute, Nina Tisara, Melvin Miller and Rodger Stephens carry the Living Legends banner.

Photo by Steve Hunt/Mount Vernon Voice


Archaeology Award

Board member Pamela Cressey received the 2014 Bernard “Ben” Brenman award in November as outstanding City Archaeologist. The award was presented by councilwoman Del Pepper during the Alexandria Archaeology Volunteer Appreciation Party on November 15.

Photo by Courtesy Photo


Getting Around

Living Legends was welcomed by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association (WMPA) to display its traveling exhibition at its December 7 concert at Convergence. See for information on the remaining season concerts. Contact [email protected] to offer your space for Living Legend exhibitions.

Part of the 2014 Legend exhibition at Convergence on Quaker Lane.

Photo by Nina Tisara


Honor a Legend with a brick in King Street Gardens Park

King Street Garden Park Foundation (KSGPF) has generously offered a 2-line brick in King Street Gardens Park to Alexandria Living Legends for $100, a saving of $25. The award-winning park is located at the intersections of King Street and Daingerfield and Diagonal Roads.

The 2-line brick might say the Legend’s name and the year he/she was named a Legend, for example:

George Washington

LLA – 1789

Note there is a limit of 15 characters per line.

When there is a minimum of 50 bricks purchased from all sources, we anticipate the bricks being ordered in the spring for a summer installation. Bricks honoring a Legend will be installed in the Living Legend “vein.”

The funds received for the bricks are earmarked for improvements such as lighting, irrigation, landscaping, maintenance and information systems.

To order a brick please request a brochure which serves as an order form. Contact Marlin Lord, Treasurer, KSGPF ([email protected]) or Rodger Digilio, President, KSGPF, ([email protected]) for the brochure.

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