Living Legends Series

Tickets Now Available: 2023 Meet the Living Legends of Alexandria Reception, October 18

John Porter to Host at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Black and white photos by Steven Halperson/Tisara Photography. All others contributed by family.

Alexandria, VA – Tickets are now available for the 2023 Meet the Living Legends of Alexandria Reception at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The ceremony and reception will honor David Baker, Nelson Green Jr.*, Dana Lawhorne, Carolyn B. Lewis, Patty and Kate Moran, Gary Oelze*, Redella S. “Del” Pepper, John “Jack” Sullivan, Charles Wilson and William Vosbeck*.

David Baker
Dana Lawhorne
Dana Lawhorne – A native Alexandrian, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne retired after 43 years of local law enforcement service. Lawhorne became Sheriff in 2006 after serving for 27 years as an Alexandria police officer and detective. His specific accomplishments and advocacy for those in need have made indelible changes in the community before and after retirement.
Patty and Kate Moran at the Nancy Dunning Gardens

The program will be hosted by Alexandria Living Legend John Porter and feature video presentations of the newly inducted Legends. A reception catered by the HomeGrown Restaurant Group and Alexandria Cupcake will follow and provide guests the opportunity to meet and mingle with the new Alexandria Legends.

Living Legends are chosen because they have improved the quality of life in the City of Alexandria by having led the creation or redevelopment of something that wouldn’t have existed without their involvement or demonstrated substantial and sustained contributions over a significant period. These community leaders have met one or both criteria.

Gary Oelze
James Paige 
Del Pepper

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at To be a sponsor or purchase a congratulatory ad, please contact [email protected] or call Mary Wadland, 703-224-8911.

John “Jack” Sullivan
Charles Wilson – A retired U.S. Air Force officer, Charles Wilson dedicated his time to Alexandria’s youth by serving in numerous advocacy positions and making a difference in countless situations, including serving as vice chairman of the school board.

*These Legends will be honored posthumously.

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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