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Volunteer Alexandria To Honor Community Leaders

— Volunteer Alexandria has named the winners of its philanthropy and community awards which will be presented at the 16th annual Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit. The Summit will take place on Wednesday, May 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria and be keynoted by Good360 Board Chair and former Hewlett-Packard Company CEO, Carly Fiorina. The Business Philanthropy Summit is the first of two Spring for Alexandria events in May.

The 2014 award winners are:

  • Mike Anderson, local philanthropist and restaurateur, is the 2014 Business Philanthropist of the Year. This award is given to an Alexandria business leader in recognition of extraordinary commitment to volunteerism and financial support to the Alexandria community.

  • J. Glenn Hopkins, who has served since 1991 as the President/CEO of the Hopkins House, is the 2014 Nonprofit Leader of the Year. The award is given to a nonprofit executive who has shown extraordinary leadership for his or her organization, as well as has made a broader impact on the Alexandria community and the region.

  • Joseph F. Viar, Jr, who has supported Inova Alexandria Hospital since the early 1980s by leading its board, raising much-needed funds and volunteering countless hours, is the winner of the 2014 Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year. This award is given to an individual for their extraordinary commitment to volunteerism, board service and support of nonprofit organizations in the Alexandria community.

  • Brendan O’Toole, Marine Corps veteran and founder, The Run for Veterans, is the 2014 Veteran of the Year. This award is given to a military veteran who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in volunteerism, philanthropy, patriotism and public awareness of veterans’ needs in Alexandria. This is the first time this award will be given.

  • The late Thomas J. “T.J.” Fannon, who worked his entire career at Thomas J. Fannon and Sons, Inc., his family heating and air conditioning business founded by his grandfather, is the winner of the 2014 Business Philanthropy Legacy Award. This award is bestowed on families and their businesses that continue to make a difference in Alexandria through their legacy of dedication to local nonprofit organizations.

Co-Chaired by Val Hawkins, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership’s president & CEO, and Pam De Candio, senior vice president of John Marshall Bank, the Summit is a breakfast event where business and nonprofit leaders gather.

The second Spring for Alexandria event, the Community Service Day in partnership with the City of Alexandria, will be held on May 16 throughout the city of Alexandria. Guests at the Summit can sign up for the Service Day.