CAPTION: Pictures 1 and 2, The McKinley High School Chamber Orchestra, above, entertained at the D.C. Federation banquet, attended by UDC Presidentt Lisle Carter, Louise D. Hutchinson, Federation President Everett Scott and NAACP Vice President Bill Cook. by Fred Sweets -- The Washington Post
The kinds of people in every neighborhood who always seem to help out in a crisis were the recipients of this year's awards from the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations.
Federation President Everett W. Scott characterized the award winners as "ordinary people, hardworking people, people who have an interest in their community and the affairs of the city."
A total of 45 persons -- one each from most of the federation's 55 members -- received a certificate testifying to their special contributions at the federation's 49th annual awards dinner Saturday.
In addition, area businesses and foundations presented nine other awards for outstanding service.
About 730 persons attended the dinner at the Sheraton Park.
Scott said that traditionally the District's civic associations deal with issues ranging from fighting segregation to promoting Metro as an alternative to freeways.
But, he said, their concerns also include small neihborhood crises, such as helping a family whose home has burned.
The dinner culminated a week of activities honoring civic involvement which was designated Civic Responsibility Week by Mayor Marion Barry.
Barry told the gathering, "We need to preserve and stabilize our neighborhoods. The stronger you get, the stronger I can be." He told the group he planned to press Congress for a larger share of the District's annual budget, and urged them to work for ratification of the D.C. Voting rights amendment.
"This dinner should be sponsored by the rest of the people in this community," said Lisle Carter, president of the University of the District of Columbia, the evenings's featured speaker. "Civic responsibility seems to be suffering from a low-grade debilitating virus," he said.
The federation, formed in 1921, meets semi-monthly to take public stands on issues of concern to member civic associations which cover most city neighborhoods.
For decades, the federation "provided the only vehicle for venting frustrations" on civic concerns during the years when the city was governed by a federally appointed commission, according to Charlie J. Black, a spokesman for the federation. "Even with the ANCs (Advisory Neighborhood Commissions) there is still no organization better able to represent this city," Black said.
Recipients of special awards were Evelyn Rosemond, Central Northwest Civic Association -- Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company award; Robert D. Barry, federation zoning committee chairman -- Washington Gaslight Company award; John C. Lormans, federation treasurer -- Potomac Electric Power Company award; Hillard Wheeler, Public Interest Junior Civic Association -- the Phillip T. Johnson award; Foggy Bottom Citizens Association -- The Washington Post award; Deanwood Citizens Association -- The Washington Star trophy; Edgewood Junior Civic Association -- the Perpetual Federal Savings and Loan award; George A. Boyd -- the George H. Richardson award; Louise D. Hutchinson --NAACP award.