Kensington, MD –The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County (CVC-MC) celebrated 25 years at its Annual Awards Luncheon held on October 19 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.
The Keynote Speaker was Johnny Holliday, Washington's most versatile broadcaster. Over the years has been the voice of Maryland Terrapins, Washington Nationals, Redskins, and Wizards. His basketball, golf and softball teams have raised in excess of 1.5 million dollars for charity. Holliday is a volunteer with Catholic Charities and Special Olympics. Johnny has served as Television host for Muscular Dystrophy, Leukemia, Cerebral Palsy, Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes and Easter Seals telethons.
Elected / Appointed Officials that joined the CVC-MC at its Annual Awards Luncheon included:
- Ben Cardin, United States Senator
- Izzy Patoka, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives & Governor’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office
- Isiah “Ike” Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
- Ken Reichard, Office of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
- Lindsay Camacho, Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen
- Valerie Ervin, Montgomery County Councilmember
- Barbara Reynolds, Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism
- Mollie Byron, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives
- Theresa Testoni, Commissioner, Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism
Each year, the CVC-MC recognizes one small, mid-size and large member business for their dedication to the Montgomery County Community. The businesses - chosen by a CVC-MC board ad-hoc committee - selected have demonstrated a true passion for corporate volunteerism.
The 2012 Award Winners are:
- Small Business – Storage Village Self Storage: Community service is a fundamental pillar of the Storage Village organization. Each full time employee donates at least 8 hours of his or her time per month to the volunteer organization of their choosing. By allowing each employee to choose an organization they feel passionate about, employees often volunteer more than the requisite 8 hours. Onsite, the company gives back by providing free or discounted storage space for non-profits in need of storage.
- Mid-Size Business – Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.: The Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. corporate giving program is a fundamental part of their corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts. They support charities and philanthropic organizations through strategic and industry partnerships, sponsorships, contributions, and volunteerism, with a focus on organizations that support and advance research, education, and leadership development initiatives as well as organizations that improve the health and lives of local underprivileged men, women, and children. Volunteer activities include: volunteered over 250 service hours in one day to the National Center for Children & Families and donated furniture and appliances to the facility in Bethesda, MD.; served more than 300 meals to homeless guests of So Others Might Eat in Washington, DC.; ran two food drives benefitting the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, MD, donating a total of over 2,700 food items weighing over 2,300 pounds; participated in the Baltimore City and Chesapeake Bay Clean Up and filled 26 garbage bags with trash and debris, in addition to donating $2,000 to The National Aquarium; participated in the 5K National Multiple Sclerosis Society National Capital Chapter walk in Rockville, MD, after raising over $45,500 and charities of choice through our 2012 Denim Day program, donating to a different charity each month including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Washington Middle School for Girls, Puppies Behind Bars, Parks and People Foundation and more.
- Large Business – Washington Gas: The Washington Gas employee volunteer program was formed to give employees increased opportunities to lend a hand. In 2012, Washington Gas employees donated 10,000 hours of their time volunteering and raising over $140,000 for over 200 charities in the annual Employee Giving Campaign; more than $84,000 for cancer research with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk; and in excess of $41,000 for Junior Achievement to help prepare area students for future success. During the past year, volunteers completed 51 projects. In Montgomery County, Washington Gas volunteers served the homeless at Shepherd’s Table, spruced up and organized toys and clothing at Stepping Stones Shelter, removed invasive plant species at McCrillis Gardens during the 25th Annual Montgomery County Community Service Week, worked with clients at A Wider Circle as well as collected and donated food to help the clients at A Wider Circle.
- Andrea Jolly President's Award – Louise Allentuck: The Andrea Jolly President's Award is presented to one organization or individual, chosen by CVC-MC President, Will Schroeder, for outstanding service. Schroeder chose Louise Allentuck of Allentuck Landscaping Co. for her commitment to the CVC-MC. Allentuck is one of the longest standing members of the CVC-MC and has served on its Board of Directors for almost a decade. “She has served as President and been a calm, incisive voice of reason and practicality throughout her tenure on the Board. Louise’s contributions to the CVC-MC have been great and enduring. She brings her fine sense of family and dedication to the community to the workplace as she does the CVC-MC Board.
The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County (CVC-MC) educates businesses on how to partner with and support non-profit organizations by helping create successful volunteer/charitable programs that positively impact the business, its employees and the local community. To learn more about the CVC-MC visit them on the web at www.cvc-mc.org.
(l:r) 2012 Will Schroeder, President, CVC-MC, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, PA with 2012 CVC-MC Community Service Award Winners - Amy Hamstead, Host Hotels & Resorts; Daminique Branch, Washington Gas; Bruce Allentuck, Allentuck Landscaping; JoAnna Goldberg, Storage Village Self Storage.
(photo credit: Phil Fabrizio, Sugarloaf Photography by Fabrizio)