WASHINGTON WAYS - 1986-04-22

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F43.png WASHINGTON WAYS April 22, 1986, Donnie Radcliffe, Washington Post

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.


{{cite news | author = Donnie Radcliffe | title = WASHINGTON WAYS | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1986/04/22/washington-ways/cfed0f81-3546-4e5c-a190-d2ab9666af33/ | work = Washington Post | date = April 22, 1986 | accessdate = February 18, 2017 }}