Vienna girl participates in White House egg roll

PARKERSBURG – A Vienna toddler was among those who spent Easter weekend in Washington, D.C., and participated in the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll.

Two-year-old Madeline Elizabeth Lore, along with her parents Rachel and Andrew Lore of Vienna, participated in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll Monday.

The Lores were able to secure tickets through U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. The representative is a friend of area businesswoman Judy Sheppard, president of Professional Services Inc.

Sheppard is Madeline’s great-grandmother.

“She’s a real good friend of mine,” Sheppard said of Maloney.

In 2011 Sheppard was among business people and officials at a Rose Garden press conference where President Barack Obama promoted a jobs bill. Sheppard was selected by the United States Small Business Administration as the 2011 West Virginia State Small Business Person of the Year. She stood in the first row behind Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

According to the White House, more than 30,000 people from all 50 states joined officials on the South Lawn for games, stories and the 135th annual egg roll. In addition to the egg roll and the hunt, the Lore family also got pictures in front of the White House, attended a concert and met a number of characters from public television.

“There was a lot of big moments,” Andrew Lore said.

Sheppard said the family spent several days in Washington prior to the egg roll, arriving Saturday before flying home Tuesday afternoon.

“Madeline was so excited when she got back,” Sheppard said.

“To be 2, she told you about the bunny and so many things. She was really excited about going and being there.”