The mayor's birthday and "what might have been."
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will celebrate his birthday Saturday evening and raise more money to add to his nearly $3 million campaign till at a model home built on the very Colony Hills land once designated for the site of a mayoral mansion.
Remember years ago when philanthropist Betty Brown Casey offered the land and to build a residence for the city's mayor? There was outcry from the community about the mayor living in such a tony neighborhood. And there was outcry from the community about saving parkland. And finally, Casey withdrew her offer.
Well, an e-mail invitation to Fenty's birthday party tells guests: "Come take a 'longing' look at 'what might have been.'"
The model home has been built on a portion of the land. Here's the story from the invitation: "At the tail end of a long and convoluted series of land swaps, stands Chris Kopsidas, Sales Manager for The Residences at 1801 Foxhall. Chris tells this uniquely Washington, DC networking story. By chance, he met Shalamar Muhammad of Remax Realty. Together they pitched the idea of a fundraiser to Fenty treasurer, Ben Soto, who in turn called Fenty Guru, John (Falcicchio), who put together a 'killer' Host Committee, who are pulling out all the stops for the best Fenty Birthday Party Ever!"
Two other invitations give descriptions of the home: 7,000 square feet, 14 rooms that include a library and recreation rooms.
On the Fly Caterers will provide tacos, turkey chili and mac and cheese. The company was founded by Gabe Klein, whom Fenty appointed director of the District Department of Transportation.
One invitation says guests can "grunge it and get down with it or you can pizazz it and step up to it!"
So expect jeans and gems at the "mayor's mansion."
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