and friends of the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association gathered together December 14 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the holiday season and to pay tribute to a longstanding champion of the boathouse during the first ACBA boathouse lighting and awards ceremony.
As the grounds switched to a red-glow for the holidays, attendees honored those who worked tirelessly to bring rowing to the Anacostia. Honorees’ awards included:
• The Anacostia Community Outreach Award – Carl Cove.
• The Oars Community Outreach Award - Annette Rothermel, GoPink!DC, National Capital Area Women’s Paddling Association.
• ACBA Stewardship Award – Skansaka Facchina of D.C. Department of Transportation and Jeffery Peterson of Peterson Architects.
• ACBA Sportsmanship Award – Matt Butcher and Liz Pennisi of NCA Outrigger, National Capital Area Women’s Paddling Association.
The Anacostia Community Boathouse Association (ACBA), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization run solely by volunteers, is dedicated to safe and environmentally responsible recreation on the Anacostia River through the establishment of a community boathouse located at 1900 M Street in Southeast Washington, D.C.
ACBA provides opportunities for non-motorized recreational water activities, such as rowing and paddling, through its ten member organizations, which include four high schools, a university, four community-based clubs, and an environmental organization. In partnership with the D.C. Government, ACBA is working to improve its boathouse facilities for the diverse communities along the Anacostia River and in the greater metropolitan Washington area.