The Alexandria United Way held its annual meeting and awards ceremony June 16, celebrating the many good things that take place in Alexandria and closing out a successful campaign in the city that was themed "Good things happen right in our own backyard."
Chairman Allen Lomax presided and reported to the community on the various activities the United Way was engaged in over the last year.
Under former Mayor Kerry Donley's leadership, more than $700,000 was raised from individuals and businesses in Alexandria. Lomax also announced that Donley will chair the upcoming campaign in the city.
The Bill Perkins Outstanding Youth Community Service was awarded to Bryan Walton from the Alexandria Olympic Boys and Girls Club.
The 45th Alexandria Gazette Packet Award was given to The Rotary Club of Alexandria for its sustained commitment to children and nonprofits in the city.
Alexandria Inova Hospital and the Alexandria United Way presented the Eureka! Award for innovation to the Art League for the SOHO (Space of Her Own) project. The program matches at-risk adolescent girls with artists and decorators who help the young women redecorate their rooms in a take-off of the television program "Trading Spaces."
The 2004 Alexandria United Way Outstanding Community Service Award was given to Donna Kloch for her many years of service to Alexandrians through service on the HIV/AIDS Task Force, PTA, Women's Commission, Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenthood Steering Committee and the Alexandria Untied Way; and for her leadership and stewardship as a member of the United Way of the National Capital Area Board.
ELECTED OFFICIALS, volunteers, business leaders, individual donors and United Way staff were on hand to applaud the awardees and the Alexandria United Way for another year of dedication to the Alexandria community and those most in need.
The Alexandria United Way, a regional office of the United Way of the National Capital Area, together with local governments and volunteers addresses and responds to critical issues affecting nonprofits and the people they serve. The Alexandria United Way also provides research and best practices for solving complex community problems.
For more information about the United Way, its nonprofit partners, or running a workplace campaign, contact Tricia Rodgers at 703- 549-4447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.