Reston: Why This Matters, Silver Anniversary
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Reston: Why This Matters, Silver Anniversary

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.

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Robert Van Hoecke, Kerrie Wilson, Mark Ingrao, Marion Myers and Judy Redpath.

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Robert Van Hoecke, Kerrie Wilson, Mark Ingrao and Marion Myers are ready for the Silver Anniversary of the Best of Reston scheduled for April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Reston. See www.cornerstonesva.org/BOR or www.restonchamber.org.

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About 200 people attended the Best of Reston event at the Silver Line Wiehle Metro Station Thursday, Jan. 16.

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Amy’s Amigos: Olivia Wolfe, Hannah Becker and Kacey Hirshfeld will receive the Vade Bolton-Anne Rodriguez Legacy Award.

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Leila Gordon, center, received the individual community leader award for “inviting all who live, work and play in Reston to participate in the Reston way of living with compassion and creativity.”

Best of Reston

Save the Date

Thursday, April 7

6 to 10 p.m.

2016 Best of Reston

Community Services Awards

Hyatt Regency Reston

To register, see http://www.corner...">www.cornerstonesv... or

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Individual reservations are $200 and include a pre-event reception, dinner and wine service and dessert.

To register, visit http://www.corner...">www.cornerstonesv....

Sponsorships are also available. Contact Susan D. Garvey, Senior Director Donor Relations, at 571-323-9576 or Susan.garvey@corn....

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.

Cornerstones has reached out to 250,000 neighbors in need since 1970. Through advocacy and support services, Cornerstones “connects 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.”

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is the catalyst for business growth and entrepreneurship by providing quality programs, education, connections and advocacy for our members and organizations in the Dulles Corridor and West Fairfax.

See www.cornerstonesva.org or call 571-323-9555.

See www.RestonChamber.org or call 703-707-9045.

Best of Reston Days Away

Cornerstones and Great Reston Chamber of Commerce partnered 25 years ago.

More than 750 people attended last year’s Best of Reston Awards for Community Service. This year’s event will be held Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

“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.

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.

CORNERSTONES AND THE CHAMBER will honor eight individuals and businesses that were selected for the 2016 Best of Reston Community Service Awards.

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.

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

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.”