By C.N. Staff Writer
Saturday October 26, 2013 the DC Federation of Civic Associations (DCFCA) held its 83rd annual awards luncheon and scholarship benefit at the Washington Navy Yard.
Each year the organization recognizes outstanding leadership across the city on an individual and organizational level. This year the federation recognized Congress Heights Community Association (CHCA) as the Outstanding Member Association Award. Executive Director of CHCA, Phil Parnell, said “I deeply appreciate working with all of you and the consistent turnouts at our meetings are evidence the many of our neighbors are pleased to participate with our civic association.”
DCFCA is one of the oldest local organizations in DC and to receive the association of the year award is an acknowledgement of the dedicated work that the CHCA team does on behalf of the community. The Awards Luncheon was started in 1930 to showcase the hard work of delegates to the Federation and to raise funds for operations and the scholarship program. DCFCA proudly supports high school graduates and provide scholarships for qualifying college candidates. Although the Luncheon is a festive affair, it is also a major fundraising event.
Today, the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, Inc. comprises 40 plus separate civic associations throughout the city. Delegates are active in their respective communities and are the core voices in expressing values of fairness, equality, accountability, choice, and participation of citizens to local and federal government agencies. The federation represents citizens and our member associations by testimony and letters on important issues. We also support our member associations when they need help on problems like new liquor stores, or streets needing repairs. We are a recognized voice for the general welfare of the citizens.
Due to the Veterans Day holiday the next CHCA meeting will not be on the second Monday but on November 18th at the UPO Petey Greene Center, where the program will feature a discussion about financial literacy and empowerment.