“Celebrate Our Journey, Chart Our Future”: Review of May 14 Celebration
The D.C. skyline provided the backdrop to the celebration on May 14 that honored J.E. McNeil and welcomed Maria Santelli to the Center.
Around 50 people were in attendance at the party tha
t recognized the nearly 12 years of work outgoing executive director McNeil has done for the Center. The event was hosted by Sally Hill Cooper in her apartment in Arlington, Virginia, that gave guests views of downtown Washington, D.C.
The night also allowed for the formal welcoming of Santelli as the incoming executive director. McNeil reminded everyone that Santelli needs their continued support because the work of the Center didn’t stop with her departure.
Entertainment for the night was provided by board member Taj Johnson, and Artists Against War, a non-profit he formed to fundraise for the Center and help soldiers who say no to war.
Maria Santelli and J.E. McNeil.
J.E. receives an Episcopal Peace Fellowship “Peace is the Church’s business” coffee mug.
Board member Taj Johnson (right) plays with other Artists Against War.