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Living Legends Feted at Gala

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Mar 23,2011
Filed Under News , Community,
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Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Joe Viar with Bonnie Christ and friends.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Joe Viar with Bonnie Christ and friends.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The good news about Living Legends is that recipients are honored while they are still living - or as John Porter says, "Isn’t it marvelous that you don’t have to die to be a Legend?"

Living Legends is the brainchild of Nina Tisara.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Living Legends of Alexandria 2011.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Living Legends of Alexandria 2011.

It is her passion; her baby; and her "third hat." Her other hats are a lifelong career as a photographer and her role of special event coordinator at Hollin Hall Meeting House.

Tisara has worked tirelessly to get both funding and recognition for Living Legends. This past week, she held the fifth annual Living Legends gala, presenting awards to the twelve 2011 Living Legends and acknowledging the 12 nominees.

A packed house filled the atrium of the United States Patent and Trade Center, where they enjoyed dishes from Hard Times Cafe, Nickell’s & Scheffler, Joe Theismann’s Restaurant, Mango Mike’s and Barrett’s of Alexandria.

Guests had an opportunity to bid on silent auction items and take a chance on a 50/50 raffle.

When it was time for the announcement of the legends, Don DeHaven, the Alexandria Town Crier, led the crowd into the auditorium.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Nina Tisara and ‘George.’<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Nina Tisara and "George."

After the town crier announced each person, various Alexandrians shared the role of reading the description of each legend and nominee.

After all the legends and nominees were announced, the legends were gathered for a group photograph.

John Porter, the executive director of Alexandria Community Trust, served as emcee.

Porter also served as the auctioneer for the live auction, leading people to give up their money for the cause of continuing the work of the Living Legend program.

So far over 100 men and women have been nominated and photographed.

Applications for 2011 legends are already being accepted online at www.AlexandriaLegends.com.

The website also shows all the past winners with their profiles and biographies.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Bill Euille congratulates Jack Taylor.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Bill Euille congratulates Jack Taylor.

Having the benefit of her photographic expertise, Tisara and her son, Steven Halperson, have photographed all of the legends in their settings.

While this year’s legends are still very much alive, four former legends have passed away and were honored during a moment of silence near the end of the event.


Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Fran and Gant Redmon.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Fran and Gant Redmon.


Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Marga Fripp with Bill Euille and ‘George.’
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Marga Fripp with Bill Euille and "George."


Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />June Campagna Geoffray with Bill Euille and ‘George.’<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
June Campagna Geoffray with Bill Euille
and ‘George.’


Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Carlton Funn, Sr., 2008 Living Legend with the Alexandria Town Crier.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Carlton Funn, Sr., 2008 Living Legend
with the Alexandria Town Crier.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Tom Curcio and Pam DeCandio<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Tom Curcio and Pam DeCandio


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