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Reston Honors Its "Best"

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith Inc. honored this year's Best of Reston awards winners at a benefit committee kickoff breakfast Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

The 2003 Best of Reston Awards Dinner will be held Wednesday, April 30, from 6-9 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Reston, and the proceeds will benefit community service and outreach programs sponsored by Reston Interfaith.

“For Reston Interfaith, the Best of Reston not only gives us the opportunity to collaborate with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce to recognize the terrific spirit of community involvement and service contributions exemplified by our awardees, but also to benefit from the generous support of this event from our community and business leaders,” stated Kerrie Wilson, executive director for Reston Interfaith, in a release.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith created the Best of Reston Community Service awards to honor those demonstrating exceptional service to Reston community residents and businesses.

Over the next few weeks the Connection will be profiling the individual winners, listed below with a brief description of why the individual or business was selected for the award:

* Thomas J. D'Alesandro, of Terrabrook, "for seeking excellence in planning and design throughout his career in developing Reston, for serving as the strong link between those who developed Reston and those who serve as its volunteer leaders and for being a generous friend to many organizations."

* Dr. Thomas B. Fleeter, an orthopedic surgeon, "for giving back to his community in numerous ways and by using his expertise as a physician, businessman, parent and community volunteer to help make Reston a better place."

* Mary Ann and Tom Flynn, "for their strong commitment to helping those in need in our community."

* Griffin-Owens and Associates, founded by Chris Griffin and Don Owens, "for investing their time and resources in community, civic and business organizations, for exemplifying the spirit of service and for helping to shape our community into a better place in which to live and work."

* Reston Limousine, owned by the Bouweiri family, "for their proud legacy of community outreach, for providing transportation services to many charitable and nonprofit organizations and for focusing their generosity on giving disadvantaged or ailing children a little delight in an otherwise dark time."

* Joseph L. Ritchey, "for his quiet dedication to our community, his leadership, tremendous generosity and his commitment to Reston's unique concept."

* Rodney W. and Janice L. Scott, "for their joint commitment to improving the lives of those in need, helping youth determine a brighter future and bettering the live of our community."