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Business and Community Partnership Celebrated

Awards Ceremony hosted by George Mason University.

Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognized their business and community partners for continued contributions to their community at the Celebrate Partnerships awards ceremonies held on May 21 at the Mason Inn and Conference Center. More than 55 businesses and community groups were nominated for these annual awards which focus on individuals and groups who partner with the County and FCPS to give back to the community in which they work and live. The event was attended by more than 380 people who heard from Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova; Fairfax County Schools Chair Janie Strauss; Jorge Haddock, Dean of the School of Management, George Mason University; Fairfax County Executive Ed Long; and Superintendent of Schools Jack D. Dale.

"Hundreds of our local businesses and individuals are giving their time, talent and resources as partners in the community. When businesses, the County, FCPS and the local nonprofits team up everybody is a winner," said Patricia Stevens, Executive Director, OP3.

"Together with Fairfax County, we are continually amazed at the generosity an talent our partners provide on a daily basis. These partnerships positively impact our youth and will create a better tomorrow," said Jay Garant, Coordinator, Business and Community Partnerships, Fairfax County Public Schools.

The winners and, where applicable, their hometowns are listed below.

2012 Fairfax County Public Schools Award Winners

*Business Partner of the Year - BRTRC, Fairfax; Time Warner Cable (finalist)

*Community Partner of the Year - AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) International

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (finalist),

*Fairfax Blue Ribbon Outstanding Event Award - Library READesign

*Blue Ribbon Mentoring Program Award - Louise Archer Elementary Mentoring Program, Vienna

*Blue Ribbon Workforce Development Award - Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church

*Bruce Oliver Business Leadership Award - Faitheleen Henderson

2012 Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) Award Winners

*Large Business Resource Champion - MV Transportation

*Small Business Resource Champion - Helios HR, Reston; Michael H. Cantrell, Attorney (finalist),

*Fairfax Blue Ribbon Partnership Award - Nadar por Vida, Falls Church

*Community Resource Champion - Great Falls Woman’s Club. Great Falls; Barbar D.M.E. Supply Group (finalist)

*Chamber of Commerce Community Connector - Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

*Pro Bono Champion - Douglas E. Brammer, Fairfax

*Media/Communications Partner Award - Connection Newspaper