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Ten honored for service to Montgomery County community 

On May 10, 2016

County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett last week honored 10 community leaders for providing extraordinary service to Montgomery County through their work, volunteerism and good deeds. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center organized the event sponsored by the Fund for Montgomery.

“Our talented and committed residents are Montgomery County’s greatest resource,” said Leggett. “The dedicated volunteers recognized by these awards have made our county even more inclusive, compassionate, respectful and supportive.”

The 400 guests at the event included elected officials, government agency directors, representatives of nonprofit organizations and friends and family of honorees. The Fifth Annual Montgomery Serves Awards was held at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Andrea Roane of WUSA*9 served as the emcee.

The Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Awards were presented by County Executive Leggett to Vivian Bass, DeLawrence Beard and Gustavo Torres. This award honors community leaders, change agents and role models who have made extraordinary contributions to Montgomery County over the course of their lives.

The award is named after Roscoe Nix who died in 2012 after giving half a century of service to the county including as president of the Montgomery County NAACP and member of the Board of Education. Nix’s daughters, Veretta Nix and Susan Nix-Webster, spoke about their father’s ability to do so much for the community and still be there for them as “just dad.”

The Fund for Montgomery presented the World of Montgomery Public Citizen of the Year award to Rev. Mansfield “Kasey” Kaseman. FFM’s Chair, Keith Haller, said the award recognizes leadership in public service and volunteerism as well as in creating a welcoming environment in Montgomery County for diverse cultural, ethnic and minority groups. 

Gene Counihan and Sarah Gotbaum were presented with the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards. The award honors those 60 years of age or older who have given a lifetime of volunteer service. For more than a decade, the county’s Commission on Aging and The Beacon Newspapers have supported this award with the help of the Volunteer Center. State Sen. Cheryl Kagan and Beacon publisher Stuart Rosenthal joined in presenting the awards.

The Montgomery Serves Awards, which recognize extraordinary volunteer service performed during the previous year, were presented in four categories. The youth award was presented to Najma Thomas; Early, Cassidy & Schilling received the business award; Jan Jablonski was the recipient of the individual award for community service; and, the Armand Center for Conflict Resolution won the community service award for groups.

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