In yesterday's Style section a photograph caption incorrectly identified the executive director of My Sister's Place. She is Janice Moore.
A mammoth cake, three candles and a spirited chorus of "Happy Birthday" marked the grandest celebration yet for My Sister's Place, a District shelter for battered women and their children. Nearly 200 residents, staff, volunteers, city officials and well-wishers gathered at the U.S. Botanic Garden last night to honor the shelter's strongest supporters and recognize three years of growth and aid to the community.
"Making this all happen has been a labor of love," said Robert Moore, director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. The department was one of 10 organizations and individuals receiving community awards for their support to My Sister's Place.
Also honored were: D.C. councilwoman Polly Shackleton; Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.); Mary Stanfield of Intertec Inc.; WJLA anchor Renee Poussaint; plumber Jeff Singley; the Training Division of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department; the Junior League of Washington; and the Women's Rights Clinic of the Antioch School of Law.
"The courage and the stamina of the residents and the staff have given us far more than we have given the shelter," said volunteer Betty Love.
Love and shelter volunteers Florence James, Laurie McLaughlin, Toni Laws, Donna Loard, Susan Hoffman, Diana Bass Sokoloff, Lynn McReynolds and Jadie Moore were each awarded certificates for their continuing involvement with the shelter.