Two members of the Citi Open staff played a critical role in President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities yesterday in Washington, DC.
For the 15th consecutive year, Charlie Brotman, 85, was the emcee for the presidential inauguration. His duties started in 1949 during the inauguration of President Harry Truman. His job is to announce the bands and floats approaching Pennsylvania Ave. He is the "Eyes and ears" of the President.
Charlie has served as the tournament emcee since 1969. His traditional "Thhhank Youuuu" can be heard from the first day of qualifying until the final ball is struck. In 2007, the press box at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center was named after Charlie. Brotman also handled announcing duties for the Washington Senators from 1956 until 1971 when they moved to Texas.
Shannon Shaffer, Executive Chef for Design Cuisine, is in charge of the entire catering operation at the Citi Open. From planning every dish on the menu to making sure kitchen operations run smoothly, Chef Shannon has fed thousands of spectators at the tournament!
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America of Hyde Park, Chef Shannon prepared the post-inaugural lunch at Statuary Hall for President Obama, his family, congressional leaders and guests. This was the second time Chef Shannon and Design Cuisine had been selected!
Courtesy of WUSA9