The 25th Anniversary of the Best of Reston Community Services Awards, presented in partnership by Cornerstones and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, was celebrated on April 7th, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Reston. 700 guests gathered for the sold-out event to raise funds for Cornerstones, Reston’s premier nonprofit social services organization, while showcasing community and corporate involvement.
Eight awards were presented to individuals, civic/community organizations, small businesses and corporations that have demonstrated significant contributions in their commitment to community service, excellence and involvement. Click here for highlights.
Congressman Gerry Connolly and Virginia Delegate Ken Plum offered Proclamations for the Honorees.
The Reston Community Center’s Young Actors Theatre Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Rita Gigliotti and Sarah Milhoan, kicked off the event singing What a Wonderful World followed by the National Anthem.
Phil Tobey (2001 Best of Reston Honoree) returned as the Master of Ceremonies, joined this year by Joseph Dagbe, Laurel Learning Center graduate and Langston Hughes Middle School student. This was Joseph’s second stand-out performance on the Best of Reston stage, the first performance being part of the 2014 Best of Reston 100th birthday tribute to Robert E. Simon.
An enlightening invocation was offered by Reverend Jim Papile, Rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Reston.
A particularly poignant presentation at the event was the Best of Reston Robert E. Simon Fellows “Because of Bob” tribute to the late founder for his vision, spirit, compassion, and belief in giving back. Simon Fellows include:
- William G. “Bill” Bouie (2013)
- Joseph L. Ritchey (2009)
- Lynn Lilienthal (2015)
- Jim and Karen Cleveland (2011)
- Charles A. “Chuck” Veatch (2010)
- Priscilla Ames (2011), who was recognized in memoriam
Ellen Graves, Judy Redpath, VISTA Wealth Strategies LLC, Kevin Reynolds, Cardinal Bank, all former Best of Reston Honorees, served as the Gala Chairs.
A $483,258 check was presented to Cornerstones and the end of the evening to support the organization’s strategies of starting individuals and families on a pathway to sustainable living-wage employment, and to identify and address other barriers to move from surviving to living prosperous, healthy lives.
Click here for photos of the event.
Click here for photos of the 2016 Best of Reston Kickoff Reception.
Click here for highlights of the 2015 Best of Reston Awards.
Click here to view the list of Best of Reston Honorees 1992-Present.