(l to r, RPCV/W President Tamar Schiffman, Congressman Farr and NPCA staff Anne Baker and Molly Mattessich)
You could call it the social event of the season for the Peace Corps community in our nation's capital! This year was no exception as more than 300 people gathered last Friday evening for the annual holiday party put on by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington DC (RPCV/W). It was a stylin' gathering--kudos to the great team of organizers.
The party had an added touch with the group presenting its first ever "Peace Corps Champion" award. The recipient was California Congressman and Colombia RPCV Sam Farr. In presenting the award to the Congressman, RPCV/W President Tamar Schiffman cited Farr's tireless work to press for increased funding for the agency, including his introduction of the Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2009 and his defense of the Peace Corps from an amendment to reduce the $450 million funding recommendation in the House of Representatives.
In thanking RPCV/W for the award, Farr noted that while lawmakers receive numerous accolades over their years of service, this was an award he would particularly cherish.