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Anne Marie Chotvacs-Local Leader

Posted on Nov 18,2008
Filed Under Local Leaders , Community,

Susanne Seidman, Style Editor


This petite Southern charmer leads a legion of savvy fundraisers, party planners and ladies in tartan as Old Town prepares to paint the town plaid for the annual Scottish Walk Weekend.


An Alexandria area resident for 11 years, Anne Marie’s ties to all things Scottish took root at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. With a Scottish warrior as a mascot and a motto of "Dum Vivimus Servimus," which translates to "while we live we serve"  Anne Marie was destined for role as philanthropic leader of volunteers and all things Scottish. 


As chair of the Junior Friends of the Campagna Center, Anne Marie Chotvacs and her committee manage the parade, coordinating with the city of Alexandria and the clans that march.  The Junior Friends also hostess a scotch tasting, children’s tea and dignitaries breakfast, in addition to coordinating a designer tour of homes.


When asked about this charge, Anne Marie responded with her no nonsense enthusiasm. “The Junior Friends provide critical fundraising and volunteer support for The Campagna Center’s programs. The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and other fundraising events are brought to life through members’ hard work and dedication.  In addition to members aiding a worthy cause, Junior Friends gain new experiences, networking opportunities, and friendships.”


Always one to make the more the merrier Anne Marie added, “We are still in need of additional volunteers to help with the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and Designer Tour of Homes. If you are able to help please email, and I will help find a volunteer slot for you.” 


It is this kind of inclusive spirit that brings new women to this group with rich traditions and long standing friendships for fall and spring new membership opportunities. For the last 38 years, the Junior Friends of The Campagna Center have devoted time and energy to fundraising and volunteering for Campagna Center programs. The group is more than 100 women strong.  Look for Adrienne Luscombe, Anne Marie’s second in command, to pick up the charge when she takes the lead as the next Chair of the Junior Friends.


Anne Marie would like you to join the Junior Friends at the Taste of Scotland and the Designer Tour of Homes, as well as the Celtic Concert.  Purchase your tickets at before they sell out.


Several of the events during the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend have no admission fee, including the Heather and Greens sale and the Marketplace at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. 


Anne Marie reminds gently, “We hope you’ll spend generously, though, since the proceeds from these sales support The Campagna Center’s programs.”  The Campagna Center supports seven critical programs for Alexandria’s children, including before- and after-school care, Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school, and specialized tutoring and mentoring programs.


The Campagna Center is proud to be the leading children’s organization in Alexandria, caring for more than 1,500 children daily. The Center is a not-for-profit human services organization that draws together community resources to strengthen families and provide programs that help children become caring, productive adults.


The Scottish Christmas Walk Parade began as an expression of appreciation to the Alexandria community for its support to The Campagna Center, and it continues to be completely open to the public.  It really is the hallmark of the holiday season in Alexandria.  So roll out your tartan and enjoy the wonderful parade.”  


Anne Marie is so convincing she talked Style Editor Susanne Seidman into co-chairing the Heather and Greens Sale. Pre-order deadline is November 20th.


Local is a proud media sponsor of the 38th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk.

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