Office on Aging Honored

The D.C. Office on Aging, which offers services for District residents 60 and older, last week was named the top city government agency in customer service.

The office received the Tony Award for Customer Service for Best Overall Performance and the Tony for Voice Mail Service Quality. The awards, named for Mayor Anthony A. "Tony" Williams, are based on a scoring system administered by the Office of the Mayor.

Cynthia D. Simmons, the D.C. Office on Aging chief of staff and customer service business partner, was given individual Tony Awards in the same two winning categories for her leadership role in the agency.

Individual Customer Service Excellence Awards were also given to Karyn Barquin, Vadonia Crawford-Mallory, Barbara Jones Temple, Courtney Williams and Wilbert Williford, who are all members of the Office on Aging staff.

Black Students' Cotillion

Forty African American high school students from the District, Maryland and Virginia will participate Nov. 27 in a cotillion and "beautillion" sponsored by the Reston chapter of Jack and Jill of America.

The 6 p.m. rite of passage ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Reston honors the achievements and the promise of the young women and men as they pass into adulthood. In preparation for the event, the debutantes and the beaus have participated in workshops and activities on leadership skills and personal growth.

The theme this year is "Tomorrow's Leaders . . . Today." Debbi Jarvis, manager of media relations at Pepco and a former reporter at WRC-TV, will be co-host and present the debutantes. Del Walters, a former anchor and investigative reporter at WJLA-TV, will present the beaus.

JoAnn Jenkins, president of the Reston Jack and Jill chapter, said the event is a major fundraiser for the National Jack and Jill Foundation and for local scholarships for college-bound youth.

Jack and Jill of America, founded in 1938, is a national organization of African American mothers with the goal of providing educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social programs for their children. It has more than 200 chapters.

Lew Moves to Sports Panel

The managing director of development for the Washington Convention Center Authority has resigned to become the chief executive officer of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, the convention board announced. Allen Y. Lew had been with the convention center authority since 1996.

Before coming to Washington, Lew served in similar capacities with the New York Convention Center Operating Corp. at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.