A tradition in just 6 years

Sparks fly from a birthday cake at the celebration in Shanghai. (All photos courtesy Office of Alumni Relations)

There was one "George’s Birthday Bash" in 2010. Now there are 51.

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In 2010, the San Antonio Alumni Network started celebrating George Washington’s birthday. The next year, 29 networks put on party hats for George.

Since its inception six years ago (thanks, San Antonio), George’s Birthday Bash has become a tradition, and this year 51 alumni networks—30 in the United States and 21 abroad—went bashing for George’s 284th birthday, four of which were first-time Bashers.*

This year’s celebrations drew some 880 partygoers—about 480 domestic and about 400 international—from Chicago (42) to Dubai (32). The most-attended Bash in the states was New York (62), and tops internationally was Tokyo (35).

*Interested in becoming a basher? If you live in an area that has an active regional alumni network—more on that at alumni.gwu.edu/community—there may be a George’s Birthday Bash happening in your city. If you don’t have a nearby network and are interested in starting one, contact the U.S. alumni programming team at [email protected] or the international alumni programming team at [email protected].

For more photos visit go.gwu.edu/georgeturns284.

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