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Hopkins House Celebrates 80 Years

August 22, 2019 05:27 PM
More than 100 current and former students, faculty and staff, community members, and other guests attended Hopkins House "Founding Day" on August 10.  The celebration was the first of a planned annual event marking the formal incorporation of the organization 80 years ago on August 9, 1939. 

"Rather than a fundraiser or private activity to celebrate our 80th anniversary, we decided to host a free event open to the public," explained Hopkins House President J. Glenn Hopkins, "We wanted it to be a community celebration, reminiscent of the annual street parties the organization used to host many years ago on our Alexandria City campus." 
Barbecue, face-painting, Mickey Mouse, balloon art, live band, and an outdoor movie were highlights among the many Founding Day activities held on Hopkins House’s Fairfax County campus.  
Alexandria City Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, along with other government officials, attended the celebration.  Earlier in the day, the organization held a luncheon in honor of its faculty and staff. Alexandria City Councilman Canek Aguirre attended the luncheon.
Media reports included an article published on page 3 of the August 22 issue of The Alexandria Gazette Packet.