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Charitable Groups Praise Partners

Non-profits recognize community partners at chamber luncheon.

Charitable organizations depend on the generosity of community members to help keep their mission going. As such, several wanted to take some time to acknowledge some of those special partners. They did so at this week’s Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the Green Olive.

Pam Tinker, from Frog Pond Early Learning Center, acknowledged Franks Meeks, owner of several Domino’s Pizzas franchises in the area. He was not there to accept, but Tinker said, “Not only did the money he gave us make a difference, but also having somebody believe in us helped.”

Liz Buczynski, from Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services, acknowledged the many contributions that came in honor of Louis Genuario’s memory. With those contributions, Buczynski said that they were able to fund a grant and an endowment.

Larry Padberg, New Hope Housing, Inc., acknowledged Burke & Herbert as their community partner, saying, “As we purchased properties, Burke & Herbert was there to help, not only with financing and services, but as a major sponsor of our annual gala.”

Beverley Alexander and Rita Wakefield represented Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. They said that they were glad that they were staying, and acknowledged the help of Randy Bender, who donated the money raised from this year’s golf tournament to the rehab center at the hospital.

Cheri Zeman from United Community Solutions acknowledged UCM’s media partners, the Mount Vernon Gazette and the Mount Vernon Voice, saying that they help to raise awareness of their mission and their programs.