March 2015

Living Legends of Alexandria

March 2015

In This Issue:



April 22, 2015

Open House at Convergence

1801 N. Quaker Lane

April 22, 2015



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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.

Board of Directors


Joe Shumard

Vice President

Bill Kehoe


Mary Anne Weber


Rodger Stephens


Audrey Davis

Linda Hafer

A. Melvin Miller

Pam St. Clair

Director Emeritus

Nina Tisara

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Message from the Director Emeritus

Dear Friends,

If you missed the Meet the Legends reception, you missed something very special. We in the audience were absolutely inspired by seeing and hearing the Legends speak of making their visions a reality. To be in a room filled with past year’s Legends and other “dreamers who do” makes me believe that together we can accomplish great things.

Another thing — this week we got a request from Steve Mauren, editor of the Alexandria Gazette Packet, for a photo of William Payne who recently died. Mr. Payne was nominated as a Legend in 2010 and we were able to provide the photograph. Having the photos available is exactly the reason that Living Legends of Alexandria came into existence in 2007.

I particularly want to thank recently retired Congressman Jim Moran who came directly from an event in Arlington to be with us. Congressman Moran has attended every Meet the Legends reception but one when he was out of the country on official business. In his remarks he reminded us that it is we, the people, who write the history of our times every day by our actions.

Our mission is to identify, honor and chronicle the people making current history in Alexandria. We’re proud to be doing it.

Very Best Wishes,

Nina Tisara


Meet the Legends Reception

2015 LLA Reception

Over 200 people gathered for the 8th Annual Meet the Legends reception on March 19 at the Patent & Trademark Office Madison Building. Guests included the 2015 Living Legends of Alexandria: Kathleen Baker, Kate Campbell Stevenson representing Marga Fripp who was out of the country, Alice P. Morgan, Fred Parker, Joyce Rawlings, Gayle Reuter and Nina Tisara. Though city council had a budget workshop scheduled that evening, Mayor Bill Euille was able to stop by to congratulate the Legends as were Councilwoman Del Pepper and Councilman John Chapman.

2015 LLA Reception

First row, left-right, Nina Tisara, Mayor Bill Euille, Joyce Rawlings, Councilwoman Del Pepper; second row, Kathleen Baker, Kate Campbell Stevenson representing Marga Fripp, Fred Parker, Alice P. Morgan, Councilman John Chapman and Gayle Reuter

2015 LLA Reception

Among those attending from Goodwin House at Home and Goodwin House Foundation were: 1st row (l-r) Barbara Schmidt, Jeanne Jacob, and Marcia Saumweber, 2nd row (l-r) Bob Schmidt and Lori Young

Past year’s Legends were well represented: Mike Anderson, Rosa Byrd, Lynnwood Campbell, Rodger Digilio,Tony Gee, Carolyn Griffin, Arlene Hewitt, Bud Hart, Bill Kehoe, David M. Martin, Melvin Miller, Pat Miller, Mike Oliver, Lillian Patterson, Fran and Gant Redmon, Lonnie Rich, Joe Shumard, David Speck, Jack Taylor, Patsy Ticer, Marian Van Landingham, Connie West, Donnie Wintermute and John Porter who served as Master of Ceremonies with just the right mix of efficiency and light-hearted humor.

2015 LLA Reception

Also in the audience were staff, teachers, students and parents from Commonwealth Academy (C/A). By way of background, last April, Nina Tisara saw a quilt produced by students at C/A for the Holocaust Memorial program at Market Square. She was so impressed with the student’s work that she contacted the school to ask about ways Living Legends might collaborate with them.

Commonwealth Academy on Leslie Avenue in Alexandria is a coeducational college preparatory day school for average to superior students who benefit from small classes and instruction designed to address various learning styles including those students who have organizational, attention or learning differences.

The outcome of those conversations was the production of digital portraits, ceramic clocks with working mechanisms, unique silkscreen designs—all gifts for the Legends—and the Tribute video you can view here. Living Legends is especially grateful to Head of School Dr. Susan Johnson, Marketing Director Cathy Feehan and teachers Ksenya Litvak and Ricardo Pontes, who was the teacher in charge of the video. Editing the video alone took 120 hours. Feehan later wrote “It was a pleasure to get to know this organization and the Legends. They are all inspirations for us…thanks for believing in us!” From all of us in Living Legends, we thank Commonwealth Academy!

2015 LLA Reception

2015 LLA Reception

Commonwealth Academy Students (l-r) Lee, silk screen artist; Rachel, video editor; and Chris, cinematographer.

The video, which received a standing ovation, “demonstrates the value of the Living Legends Project and the vision of founder Nina Tisara,” said Joseph Shumard, President of Living Legends of Alexandria. “It not only tells the stories of the legends but it inspires people…like the young people who made the video.” Living Legends continues to explore ways to be a resource to the community, and especially its young people.

2015 LLA Reception

2015 LLA Reception

2011 Legend Jack Taylor (left) and Jen Walker were the winning bidders on tickets to a Washington Capitals game donated by 2014 Legend Gregg Murphy.

Legendary Fare was generously provided by Chadwicks, Dishes of India, Hard Times Cafe, Red Rocks Pizza and Pork Barrel BBQ. Please dine at these restaurants often and while you’re there, ask for the manager and thank them for supporting Living Legends. Free parking was provided by Colonial Parking and complimentary Valet Parking was donated by David Speck of Speck–Caudron Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

All photos by Steven Halperson\Tisara Photo

Spring2ACTion – April 22

It’s Spring and Living Legends of Alexandria is participating in this year’s 24-hour online event, Spring2ACTion. Spring2ACTion, an activity of ACT for Alexandria, encourages everyone to contribute to Alexandria’s nonprofit organizations through a single online giving platform on Wednesday, April 22.

This year there are two ways for you to demonstrate your support. Donate to Living Legends on Spring2ACTion and/or donate to Nina Tisara’s Free Agent page for Family Legends. Family Legends is a program of Living Legends that works with children and their families to chronicle their family histories.

Read more about what we do and how your donation will be used on the sites linked above.

Donations are welcome at any time however there are prizes to the nonprofits for the most donors and the most dollars raised on one day, April 22.

New this year, Convergence at 1801 N. Quaker Lane will host an Open House for Alexandria’s nonprofit arts organizations. Convergence is a community of people who value creativity, spirituality, diversity and exploration. Visit Convergence on that day and enjoy refreshments, entertainment and a mosaic exhibition by Nina Tisara while you donate to Living Legends and your other favorite art groups.

You also have the option to schedule in advance so you can sign up right now. Your credit card won’t be charged until the 22nd. For help with advance donations watch the Schedule a Donation video tutorial.

There is also an option this year to “boost your donation.” That would add the charge costs usually paid by LLA to your donation. You’ll find that option on the donation page.

Whether or not you wish to donate, please take a moment to “Join the Conversation” and write something on the Homepage.

King Street Gardens Park

Living Legends, past and present, and Living Legends board members, past and present, may purchase a two-line name brick in King Street Gardens Park for $100, a saving of $25. The award-winning park is located at the intersection of King Street and Diagonal Road. Funds received for the bricks are earmarked for improvements such as lighting, irrigation, landscaping, maintenance and information systems.

For additional information and/or to order a brick, contact Marlin Lord, [email protected] or Rodger Digilio, [email protected].

King Street Gardens Park

Marlin Lord (left) oversees brick installation.
Photo by Steven Halperson/Tisara Photo

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