Best of Reston Winners Announced
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Best of Reston Winners Announced

Honorees for silver anniversary event announced.

Wiygul Automotive Clinic will receive the small business leader award. Pictured here are Zack Wiygul, Neil Kelly, Oscar Wiygul, Bill Wiygul and W.D. Wiygul.

Wiygul Automotive Clinic will receive the small business leader award. Pictured here are Zack Wiygul, Neil Kelly, Oscar Wiygul, Bill Wiygul and W.D. Wiygul. Photo by Ken Moore.

Best of Reston

Save the Date

Thursday, April 7

6 to 10 p.m.

2016 Best of Reston

Community Services Awards

Hyatt Regency Reston

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“I expect to see all of you on April 7 and I expect all of you to bring 500 of your best friends,” said RA Board president Ellen Graves.

Why This Matters

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones have partnered for the annual Best of Reston event for 25 years, showcasing community involvement and corporate philanthropy and engagement, while raising funds to support Cornerstones’ mission.

2016 marks the Silver Anniversary of this partnership, reflecting the organizations’ mutual commitment to building and sustaining a strong, thriving economy and a healthy and inclusive community.

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More than 750 people attended last year’s Best of Reston Awards for Community Service.

“The best night out in Reston,” said Chamber president Mark Ingrao, of the annual event organized by Cornerstones and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Ingrao, Kerrie Wilson, Mike Bradshaw and numerous others called last Thursday night, Jan. 14, the “second best night in Reston.”

Cornerstones and the Reston Chamber of Commerce announced the honorees who will be receiving awards at this year’s Best of Reston event, scheduled for April 7 at the Reston Hyatt.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones will celebrate the silver anniversary of the event, as they showcase community involvement and corporate philanthropy and engagement, while raising funds to support Cornerstones’ mission.

“Save the date,” said Reston Association president Ellen Graves. “I expect to see all of you on April 7 and I expect you all to bring 500 of your best friends with you.”

Graves, Kevin Reynolds of Cardinal Bank, and Judy Redpath of VISTA Wealth Strategies LLC will serve as the 2016 Best of Reston Gala Chairs.

CORNERSTONES PARTNERED with The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce 25 years ago to create the annual Best of Reston: Awards for Community Service.

The annual Reston event has raised more than $2.24 million the previous three years.

Cornerstones promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for people in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. The agency has reached out to more than 250,000 neighbors in need. “Through advocacy and support services, we connect our clients to the vital resources they need to help build more stable families and self-sufficient lives and provide a comprehensive array of programs that solve urgent or ongoing requirements for housing, childcare, food or financial assistance,” according to Cornerstones.

Last year, Kerrie Wilson accepted a check for $539,796 on behalf of Cornerstones.

REVEALING THE BEST RECEPTION,” was the name of last Thursday night’s event at the Silver Line Wiehle Metro Plaza.

“The support of the community as we honor individuals, organizations and businesses whose efforts shape our community for the better—every day,” said Jill Norcross, chair of Cornerstones Board of Directors.

“It is an honor to work with Cornerstones through our shared mission of building a community that is not just a great place to do business—but one which offers hope and help to so many,” said Mark Ingrao, president and CEO, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. “Truly, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce sees this work as both a privilege and a responsibility.”

Cornerstones and the Chamber announced the eight honorees who have been selected for the 2016 Best of Reston Community Service Awards last Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Silver Line Wiehle Metro Plaza.

EIGHT HONOREES will receive recognition on April 7, including:

Individual Community Leaders

Jim Elder

“A Champion of Sportsmanship for All Seasons: Teaching Reston youth that good sportsmanship and fair play are as essential to playing the games they love as skills, stats and strategy,” according to Cornerstones and the Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Leila Gordon

“Putting Community at the Center of the Reston Experience: Inviting all who live, work and play in Reston to participate in the Reston way of living with compassion and creativity.”

Small Business Leaders

Beloved Yoga

“Inspiring Community Wellbeing: Providing the tools for self-empowerment, self-healing and self-realization coupled with the belief that giving back to community is powerful when we thrive together.”

Wiygul Automotive Clinic

“Jump-Starting Hope for Families and Children: Making a profound difference in lives by quietly and humbly delivering dependable transportation to help people secure and maintain solid employment.”

Corporate Business Leaders

Bechtel

“Engineering the Future with Service to Others: Giving employees opportunities to create positive impacts throughout Reston, the Dulles Corridor and the world by encouraging them to follow through on their own purpose-driven interests and passions.”

Google

“Search for “Positive Impact”: Find Google in our Community: Bringing its signature culture of innovation to tackle local and worldwide challenges in education and poverty relief; and the support of returning service men and women and our K9 heroes.”

Civic Community Organization

Friends of Reston for Community Project

“The Nature of Reston Has Giving at Its Heart: Harnessing the resources of volunteers and friends to generate $2 million in community investment so all may enjoy Reston's numerous natural assets.”

Vade Bolton-Anne Rodriguez Legacy Award

Amy’s Amigos

“Friends Striving to Create a Healthy, Caring Community: Channeling grief into ongoing action, modeling wellness for youth and throughout the community, sharing the tools of action, and passing the torch to the next generation of Reston's leaders.”