Meet the ‘Heart of Alexandria’

Meet the ‘Heart of Alexandria’

Volunteer Alexandria hosts annual volunteer recognition event.

Volunteer Alexandria is set to hold its annual Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria event on Oct. 10. The event commends volunteers for their outstanding service to the city. A select few volunteers that have gone the extra mile to give back to the locality will receive an award during the event for their dedicated efforts.

The recently announced winners are: James Durham, recipient of the Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award; Jane Powell, recipient of the Joan White Grassroots Volunteer Service Award; Odalis del Cid Reyes, recipient of the Youth Volunteer Service Award; Celia Boertlein, recipient of the RSVP Northern Virginia Award; and Marjorie Windelberg, recipient of the Emergency Preparedness Award.

“It is important for us organizations to appreciate and recognize our volunteers. They serve as the very heart and soul of this city,” said Marion Brunken, executive director of Volunteer Alexandria. “It’s due to their generosity that the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Alexandria.”

All members of the community are welcome to register for the event at It will include live music, auctions, food, a selection of both beer and wine. The event starts at 6 p.m. and concludes by 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Volunteer Alexandria will also spotlight all volunteers who have served 150-plus hours.

Register or learn more about the Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria event by visiting