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ACVA’s 2012 Superstar Awards

Washington introduced as new tourism chief.

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Pictured at the ACVA Superstar Awards are Jennifer Harris and Justin Thompson of the City of Alexandria Office of Communications, Sandy Modell of Alexandria Transit Co. (DASH), Christy Borrel of the Crowne Plaza Old Town and Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria, Mayor Bill Euille, Tony Castrilli of the City of Alexandria Office of Communications, Allyson Teevan of DASH, Sandy Wargowski of the Alexandria Visitors Center and Mellenie Runion of Truly-Life Eco Gifts.

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Jody Manor, ACVA Board Chair and owner of Bittersweet Café & Catering, Patricia Washington, ACVA President & CEO and Mayor Bill Euille

The Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association presented the 2012 Superstar Awards at its December Tourism Marketing Forum Dec. 7 at Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, using the occasion to formally introduce Patricia R. Washington as the new president and CEO of the city's tourism agency.

“I am excited to be in Alexandria,” Washington said. “And these awards are great examples of how ACVA will work in partnership with the entire Alexandria tourism community to amplify Alexandria's appeal.”

The Superstar Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have greatly contributed to the success of the ACVA over the past year. This year's winners included the City of Alexandria's Office of Communications, Sandy Modell and Allyson Teevan of Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) and the King Street Trolley, Christy Borrel of the Crowne Plaza Old Town and Holiday Inn and Suites Alexandria - Historic District, Mellenie Runion of Truly-Life Eco Gifts and Sandy Wargowski of the Alexandria Visitors Center.

— Jeanne Theismann