WASHINGTON WAYS - 1986-04-22
With First Lady Nancy Reagan for a namesake and Fairfax County Supervisors Jack Herrity, Nancy Falck and Martha Pennino for godparents, what more could an elephant ask?
Well, not much, other than a blessing and a big turnout for its christening, plus elephant-sized donations for Straight Inc., the drug rehabilitation program.
It's all scheduled to happen at Pet Farm Park in Vienna on Saturday at 1 p.m., when a new baby African elephant will be named for Nancy Reagan and sprinkled with holy water by the Rev. Gilbert Hermley, a Catholic priest. From then on, says a Pet Farm Park spokesman, Nancy the elephant will add her considerable weight to opposing drug abuse by urging park visitors to contribute to Straight.