The Zebra

Black & White and Read All Over!

Heart of Alexandria: Its Volunteers

Posted on | October 31, 2016 | No Comments

By Marion Brunken

20161027_va_awards_088

NBC’s Channel 4 Julie Carey entertained everybody during her guest speaking segments.

On October 26th, 230 volunteers and community members gathered to celebrate volunteerism at Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria. The event, held to thank volunteers for their commitment to service, is an annual celebration hosted by Volunteer Alexandria, a non-profit whose mission is to build a stronger community by inspiring and mobilizing people to volunteer. The event featured a cocktail reception, silent auction and food from local restaurants; Alexandria Cupcakes, Carluccio’s, Chickpea Mediterranean Grill, Dishes of India and Pork Barrel BBQ. The evening was concluded by an awards program recognizing dedicated volunteers for their exceptional service and philanthropic spirit. NBC4’s Julie Carey, an active volunteer in Alexandria Public Schools and her church, served as the moderator.

20161027_va_awards_155

Mayor Allison Silberberg, Marion Brunken, Honoree Kerry Donley, Stephanie Landrum and Julie Carey.

Among the awardees was Kerry Donley, Senior Vice President, John Marshall Bank and former Alexandria city council member and Vice Mayor. Donley, who received the Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award, has served Alexandria for 20+ years. In addition to his time as an elected official, Donley has volunteered his leadership for initiatives supporting transportation, education and the arts. He also serves on various non-profit boards. Donley is an invaluable mentor to those fortunate to know him.

20161027_va_awards_124

Mayor Allison Silberberg, Honoree Day’Quon Henderson, Julie Carey, Marion Brunken.

Day’Quon Henderson, recipient of the Youth Volunteer Service Award, created an App – Word Education- to support students in Alexandria with learning disabilities. After overcoming challenges associated with his own learning disability, Henderson is committed to helping all children with similar challenges.

20161027_va_awards_133

Michelle Maiwurm, Mayor Allison Silberberg, honoree Ray Gingrich, Julie Carey, Marion Brunken.

Ray Gingrich and Maria Cabrera received the Grassroots Volunteer Service award. Gingrich has dedicated 12,000 hours of service to Inova Alexandria Hospital. His compassion and sense of humor is infectious. Cabrera, who volunteers for Casa Chirilagua, lends her time and talents to organize events, prepare food and care for children. She volunteers to set a positive example for her daughters, who, like Henderson, are the future generation of volunteers.

The Emergency Preparedness Award was given to The Alexandria American Legion Post 24 and Marco Johnson. Post 24 served 400+ hours over 18 months, while Johnson has served a critical role in thirty-one community health outreach activities as a member of the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps.

During Donley’s acceptance speech, he encouraged the audience to recommit themselves to volunteerism. “What does it mean to be a volunteer?” Donley asked. “When you volunteer, it means you have made a commitment to leave your community a better place than how you found it.”

For more information, and to connect with volunteer opportunities in your area, please call 703.836.2176 or visit www.volunteeralexandria.org.

John Marshall Bank employees cheering on their fearless leader, Kerry Donley who was honored.

Alexandria’s Official Town Crier, Benjamin Fiore-Walker, welcomed the group to the festivities.

Adriana Schellhaas and Honoree Maria Cabrera.

Mayor Allison Silberberg, Rob Rapanut, Marion Brunken, Doug Gurka, Michael Mixon, Julie Carey

Mayor Allison Silberberg, Marion Brunken, Honoree Kerry Donley, Stephanie Landrum and Julie Carey.

20161027_va_awards_023 20161027_va_awards_093

Comments

Leave a Reply





Complete the Equation *

  • Read the Current Issue

    January 2018

     

     

  • Buy a LOVE NOTE!

  • 2017 Readers Survey

  • Advertise With Us

    Let us help you tailor a mixed media plan to fit your commercial needs and profit horizon. Please contact our Sales Department at (703) 224-8911 to request a current rate card and circulation snapshot.

  • Socialize with Zebra

    Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Twitter