In a break from previous tradition, 22 finalists for the 2017 Best of Reston Awards were announced Thursday night. In past years, only the winners have been honored.
According to Cornerstones, which puts on the awards along with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the new process serves to recognize the importance of the “many fine people, businesses and organizations involved in giving back in greater Reston/Dulles corridor.”
“At a time of uncertainty and change in our nation, the Best of Reston Community Service Awards serve as a powerful reminder that there is so much that unites us,” said Kerrie Wilson, CEO of Cornerstones. “This new approach to the awards was recommended as a way to lift up those who are bringing our community together, and affirms principles of service that are core to the work of Cornerstones and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.”
Nominees for the awards are as follows:
INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY SERVICE
- Robert Goudie
- Vernon and Kathy Joyner
- Bill Keefe
- Shreya Papneja
- Maggie Parker
- Bob Schnapp
- Vincent and Gillian Sescoe
- Herb Williams-Baffoe
CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, VOLUNTEERISM THROUGH NONPROFIT SERVICE
- Herndon Community Leo Club Youth
- Omicron Kappa Kappa
- The Reston Chorale
- Touching Heart
- Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
- Women Giving Back
- JK Moving Services
- Odin, Feldman and Pittleman, P.C.
EMPLOYEE-OWNED AND SMALL BUSINESS
- SpeedPro Imaging Northern Virginia
- Storycatcher Productions
- Synergy Design & Construction
- The CST Group
Up to two awardees will be selected from each category and will be honored April 6. Proceeds from the celebration benefit the programs and people served by Cornerstones.
Mark Ingrao, president and CEO of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, said the candidates are all vital parts of the community.
“We believe that service is a cornerstone of any thriving community, and this event… says it all,” he said. “Through their volunteerism and philanthropy, the past Best of Reston honorees and the candidates for the 2017 Awards work throughout the greater Reston and Dulles corridor region to make it a stronger community.”
Leidos, which hosted Thursday night’s reception, has partnered with cornerstones as the Annual Champion Partner. The company presented Cornerstones with a $100,000 check during the event.
“It is our hope that this support will be a beacon and spread the light of the good work Cornerstones does on behalf of Reston and beyond,” said Melissa Koskovich, Leidos senior vice president and marketing director. “Partnering with Cornerstones, who empowers people in our community to become self-sufficient, allows us to have a lasting impact in Reston and the greater Dulles Corridor.”
For more information about the awards, visit Cornerstones online.
Photos courtesy Chip McCrea Photography