May 2014

  Living Legends of Alexandria  

May 22, 2014


In This Issue:



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.




February – June 2014

Past Legends Exhibition

3rd Floor, Alexandria City Hall

March 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015

2014 Living Legends of Alexandria Photos

Market Square lobby of City Hall

March 1 – June 27

Women Legends of Alexandria: 2007-2013

Prudential PenFed Realty, 300 N. Washington St., Suite 100

May 24, 2014

Civil Rights Saturday

2:00-4:00p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum



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



Board of Directors



Pam St. Clair

Vice President

Joseph Shumard


Mary Anne Weber


Rodger Stephens


Victoria Almquist

Pam Cressey

Audrey Davis

Charles “Tony” Gee

Linda Hafer

Bill Kehoe

A. Melvin Miller

Director Emeritus

Nina Tisara



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Message from the President

Dear Friends,

We appreciate each and every contribution given to Living Legends. We also are really happy that so many of you continue to support us during this transition period between the time Nina announced her intention to retire and next year when it really happens. How are those statements connected? When we switched from our PO Box to the address of our new management company on April 1, it appears the forwarding order was lost and not processed. Please check to see if you have gotten a response or been thanked for anything you mailed to us since January. Some checks were held by the Post Office and we got those — but we are concerned that some were missed. Please contact me — [email protected] or Nina — [email protected] if you got a check back or didn’t hear from us after you sent something.  Any checks or correspondence in the future should be sent to Living Legends, 400 N. Washington Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Traditionally, this is a relatively quiet period for LLA. Not this year. The board is actively meeting to set policies and practices for continuing without Nina doing all the work. That being said, we are currently recruiting new board members. If you have an idea of someone who would be a great fit for our board, let us know!

Thank you again for your continuing support!

Pam St. Clair





2014 Living Legend of Alexandria — Donnan (Donnie) Chancellor Wintermute

By Barbara Holleb

Donnie Wintermute is passionate about giving back to the community.

Photo by Steven Halperson/Tisara Photography

Donnan Chancellor Wintermute (known to most as Donnie) takes great pleasure in transforming lives, whether in her professional services as vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage or in her many volunteer activities fueled by her sustained commitment to giving from the heart. Over the years, her philanthropic achievements have had a major impact on the quality of life in Alexandria for children, the elderly and the sick, as well as for the arts, education and community services.

In helping low-income children and families, Wintermute has served on the board of directors of The Campagna Center (1988–2000) which offers educational and social development programs for children, teens and adults. She chaired the Center’s Circle of 1000 (2002–2005) and, in 1995, she was honored by earning The Campagna Center Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

As founder and chair of the Campagna Center’s Business Leadership Council (2000 and 2001), she put her mission into action by increasing corporate awareness and financial support for the needs of Alexandria’s less fortunate.

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Getting Around

Volunteer Alexandria’s Philanthropy Summit

Pam St. Clair and Nina Tisara represented Living Legends at Volunteer Alexandria’s Philanthropy Summit on May 7. In addition to displaying the Traveling Exhibition photographs, they shared a table with the Old Town Business and Professional Association which invited LLA to display portraits of Alexandria’s Business Legends. Photographer Steven Halperson created the exhibition using printouts of the Business Legends from the LLA catalogs.

Three Living Legends of Alexandria were recognized at the Summit.  2014 Living Legend Mike Anderson was recognized with the Business Philanthropist of the Year award. Joseph Viar, named a Living Legend in 2011, was recognized as the Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year.  And T.J. Fannon (1930-2013), who was named a Legend in 2008, was honored posthumously with the Business Philanthropy Legacy award.

Attendees look at Business Legend Portraits

Summit-goers looking at the Business Legend portraits.

Carol Supplee

Carol Supplee, immediate past president of the Old Town Business and Professional Association, with Pam St. Clair.

Northern Virginia Community College’s Spring Concert provided another opportunity to expand LLA’s reach. Pam St. Clair and Nina Tisara set up the Traveling Exhibition and enjoyed both the concert and watching people view the photographs. Photo by Pam St. Clair.

The exhibition of “Women Legends of Alexandria: 2007-2013” at Prudential PenFed Realty was a stop on the Women’s History Tour sponsored by the Commission for Women, Friends of the Commission for Women and Living Legends of Alexandria. The exhibition may be seen at Prudential PenFed Realty, 300 N. Washington Street, Suite 100, through June 27, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibition was also a stop on a tour by members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.

Broker Maxine McLeod Miller of Prudential PenFed Realty welcomed the group from Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church to the exhibition of portraits “Women Legends of Alexandria: 2007-2013” and artworks by women artists of the Del Ray Artisans. The group was visiting Alexandria to tour the grounds of Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC), where they enjoyed lunch prepared by MVUC members.

In her presentation, artist-photographer Nina Tisara counseled the group to make paper prints of the photos they want to keep and label them with the names of the subjects, the date, where the photo was taken, the occasion and the photographer. “I promise you, years from now, you won’t remember and your children won’t have a clue.”

Members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Washington, DC tour the exhibition. Photos by Nina Tisara

Civil Rights Saturday — A Free Interactive Activity

Teaching Families about the Civil Rights Locally and Nationally

The Alexandria Black History Museum, in cooperation with the Living Legends of Alexandria/Family Legends Project, will present Civil Rights Saturday on May 24, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. This educational and fun event is free and open to the public.

This event will feature a book signing for Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from The Civil Rights Battlefront, written by Howard Feinstein. This new book chronicles Mr. Feinstein’s experiences as a federal hate crimes prosecutor in the deep South. Guests are invited to hear a reading from the author, and he will be available to sign copies of the book. Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from The Civil Rights Battlefront has been nominated for a 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Proceeds from sales will be donated to Empowered Women International.

Afterwards, join acting Director and Living Legends board member Audrey Davis for an overview of the featured exhibition, “Sit Down and Take a Stand: Samuel Wilbert Tucker and 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in.” The 75th anniversary of this historic event occurs in 2014, and was one of the earliest civil rights actions in the United States.

To conclude the program, families may join artist Sushmita Mazumdar for a storytelling/book making activity. Share a story of a personal civil rights experience. Participants will make a book they can take home, which can become a family keepsake. This activity is suitable for adults and children 10 years and over.

Space for the workshop is limited, and reservations are recommended. Participation will be limited to the first 20 people who reserve. For information and reservations, please call 703-746-4356.

The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, in the Parker-Gray Historic District. The Museum is five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow or Blue lines. Street parking is available. For more information, visit



Happy 100th Birthday to Nelson Greene

Nelson Green

Photo by Nina Tisara

2010 Living Legend of Alexandria Nelson Greene turned 100 on May 20. Greene served a term on the City Council from 1979-1982 and was the first African American appointed to the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA). He founded Greene Funeral Home 50 years ago. He was a member of the Secret Seven (a group that met regularly to study and discuss issues effecting the African American community), a member of the Departmental Progressive Club of Alexandria, the American Legion William Post #124, and the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World. He is a member of Meade Episcopal Church, where he has served in the past as Junior and Senior Warden and on the Steering Committee for the new building. He has been a member of Omega Psi Phi since 1938.


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