Previous Honorees

Previous Honorees

2018 Honorees

Kim Anselmo, YMCA of Frederick County, MD


Kim runs the South County Advisory Board, Y Golf Tournament Committee and the Capital Campaign Community Gifts committee. The funds that she has raised benefit children and families and have increased each year with Kim as the raffle chair. Her leadership and persistence has gained supporters for the South County Y. Kim brings inspiration and compassion to those around her. 

The Edward O. Bollinger Family, Carroll Community College Foundation


Leaving behind a legacy is second nature to the Bollinger family, starting with the late Edward and June.  For nearly two decades, they have instilled transformational change in the lives of the students at the college, helping to grow a community of inspired leaders for the future.  Their philanthropic heart and their spirit guides their passion to make Carroll County a better place.  

Linda Despeaux, Weinberg Center for the Arts


As volunteer coordinator, Linda trains and schedules 170 volunteers at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Linda’s organization, dedication, and enthusiasm for the Weinberg fosters those same traits in our volunteers, ensuring that the Weinberg presents over 150 events each year – this would be impossible without volunteers serving as ushers, ticket takers, and other roles.

Al & Naomi Everett, Frederick County Public Libraries


The Everetts have been tremendous leaders of the Friends of the Brunswick Branch Library for many years. During their tenure, they have tirelessly served as advocates and fundraisers for the library cohosting community events and providing funds to support the summer reading program. The Everetts bring zeal and creativity to the community, reminding everyone that libraries are more than just books – they are epicenters for fun and discovery.


Joyce Grossnickle, United Way of Frederick County


 Joyce Grossnickle has been facilitating the Combined Charities Campaign since at least 2003. Joyce works to make sure the campaign runs seamlessly, from working with lawyers to approving pledge sheets to editing the brochure, Joyce is an extremely important part in the success of the CCC. Her dedication gives to not just United Way of Frederick County, but also a long list of local nonprofits. 

Alice Grumbine, Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Inc.


Alice Grumbine is one of the driving forces behind the success of Discovery Station. As one of our volunteer docents in our popular STEAM Machine Art Room, Alice has devoted countless hours of volunteer work to ensure the success of the exhibit. She showcases impeccable customer service, oversees the management of the exhibit, and is an incredible ambassador for the museum's mission. 

Heather Guessford, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts


Heather Guessford joined the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation Board in June of 2013. Within three months of joining she was chair of our annual Lamp Post Campaign doubling our fundraising goal. With a full schedule, Heather attends every board meeting and sits on several committees. Heather leads by example in demonstrating her commitment to our organization and the local community.

John Guttmann, C&O Canal Trust


John has successfully leveraged his social and professional connections to bring several major donors to the Trust. Generous with his personal philanthropy, he has been a tireless advocate for our work on behalf of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, hosting donor prospecting opportunities and facilitating the largest corporate gift ever to the Trust.

Laverne Harden, Carroll Lutheran Village


Through her weekly volunteer hours, this charismatic, witty and indefatigable Laverne Harden has digitized the Development archives – as she delights staff, inspires other residents/volunteers and embodies the spirit of philanthropy. And she loves that scanner! Says Laverne, “I wish I had invented that.”

Marjorie Hobbs, Hospice of Washington County


The most exciting characteristic of any volunteer is their eagerness to engage others and their commitment to your mission. Marjorie Hobbs has these characteristics. Serving on the Board of Directors and Development Committee, Marjorie has been an intregal part of many fundraisers such as Doey’s Dazzle and the Celebrations Event. Marjorie’s commitment, eagerness, and heart to serve is an inspiration.

Howard S. Kaylor, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts


Howard exemplifies the best of philanthropy. He gives generously to many organizations and causes that he knows well and has been a part of. He has served the Museum faithfully for years on the Board of Trustees, Development, Building and Executive Committees. The Kaylor Rose Garden and Atrium are named for his philanthropic giving. Howard understands the true meaning of stewardship and the Trustee “Code of Ethics.”


Judy Kofoet, Hagerstown Community College Foundation


 Twenty-seven years ago, Judy developed the idea that HCC Alumni should do a Flower & Garden Show.  Kofoet shepherd the annual project and it bloomed netting more than $710,000 for HCC, allowing us to build an Amphitheater, award scholarships and more.

Judy oversees gardeners who weekly beautify our campus, making our grounds exquisite.

She demonstrates leadership, service and caring.

Mark Lancaster, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County


Mark has worked to bring to fruition the vision of a new building and a bike fundraising event.  He personally sponsored, planned, worked and rode in the Tour de Frederick.  He worked to identify a new facility that will quadruple our space at minimal cost.  He personally secured over $200,000 in pledges and in kind building support. He has solidified the future of the Club to impact children’s lives. 

Father Robert Lawton, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School


Father Bob Lawton is a graduate of Good Counsel.  In a distinguished career, he served as Dean at Georgetown and President of Loyola Marymount where his fundraising skills made a lasting impact.  Today, as member of Good Counsel’s Board of Directors and long-time leader of the Advancement Committee, Bob uses his insight, vast experience, and network to be an influence for good in the school community.

Roddy & Lisa O’Connell, St. John’s Regional Catholic School

Amazingly Talented

The O’Connells are truly talented people with two very busy catering companies, yet they always share their time, treasure, and talent for the benefit of our school.  They have generously donated to any special event we host.  Everyone loves the delicious meals they prepare for us always with a smile on their face blessing to SJRCS.     

Justin Ramsburg, Frederick Community College Foundation


Justin became the treasurer at the Frederick Community College (FCC) Foundation one year ago. He immediately assumed leadership of the Finance Committee. He established a working relationship with the Chief Investment Officer at the University System of Maryland foundation, who manages the Foundations endowment. His own engagement makes this an effective committee.

Diane Rudisill, Boys & Girls Club of Washington County


To the club, Dianne facilitates a yearly six figure donation. But to the kids we serve, she provides countless supplies and goodies for programs, parties and events. To our staff and the communities where she works, she provides unconditional support. The respect and compassion she shows the people she serves makes her an inspiration to everyone working in human services. 

Randy Scott, United Way of Washington County


With his time, with his talent, and with his treasure. He is even more generous with his chicken, lemonade, iced coffee, and waffle fries. Randy is a man that truly cares about his community and desires to see a better educated, healthier more financially stable place to live and work. He personifies what it means to Live United!

Ron & Judith Shaw, Westminster Rescue Mission


Due to the generosity of Ron and Judith Shaw, WRM continues on a path of dynamic growth. Ron serves as Board President and lead on the Strategic Planning task force. His wisdom and knowledge proved essential.  Judith, committee chair-woman for the Mission's 50th Anniversary Gala, helped raise almost $50,000, bringing MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry to share his transformational life's story. 

MJ Sommerville, St. Mary’s Catholic School


MJ is a consistent face at St. Mary Catholic School. MJ served as the HSA Co-President for two years. She continues to serve on the HSA's Fall Auction Committee as well as helps keep our Pixie Shop open to students year after year. Adding to her responsibilities, MJ assumed the lead role on our school’s Martins A+ Rewards program.

Kelly Tracey, Humane Society of Washington County


A teacher, staff advocate, passionate friend of animals, committed board member and a fearless fundraiser: Kelly Tracey is the quintessential volunteer every organization dreams of having. Bold and unafraid of setting stretch goals, Kelly persists until she succeeds. She has introduced dozens of individual and corporate supporters to HSWC and pushes our

Our 2017 Distinguished Volunteers
Edward Reilly, Jr., Our Lady of Good Counsel; Humility
Sarma McCafferty, St. Mary Catholic School; Focused
Terri Baker, WCPS Education Foundation; Engaged
Nancy Thrasher, Community Foundation of Frederick; Philanthropist-maven
Randy Hart, Westminster Rescue Mission; Steadfast
Leslie Rountree, CAB Cause and Effect; Inspiring

Mr. Nick Delia and Mr. Jim Emmons, Carroll Lutheran Village; Dynamic Duo
Glenn S. Bair, Carroll Community College Foundation; Humble
Greg Light, Tour de Fraderick; Dedication
Martha Gurzick, United Way of Frederick; Passionate
Michael Johnston, United Way of Washington Co; Trustworthy
Doris Kober, St. Johns Reg. Catholic School; Faithfully Devoted
Cynthia Garland, Bisfa Foundation; Innovative
Dr. P. Gregory Rausch, Frederick Memorial Hospital; Selfless
Lee Stine, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; Legacy
Lew Muth, Discovery Station; Dedicated
David Spaans, Frederick County Public Libraries; Dedicated
Kathy Poole, C&O Canal Trust; Strategic
Charles Chaney, Hospice of Washington County; Dedicated
Dr. Paulette Shockey, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick; Tenacious

Our 2016 Distinguished Volunteers
Shirley Erdmanis, Homewood of Frederick; Faithful Servant
Robert Dickman, Our Lady of Good Counsel; Dedicated
Betsy Gage, St. John Regional Catholic School; Enthusiastically Creative
Rick Miles, Homewood at Williamsport; Reliable
Kim Newby, Humane Society of Washington County; Dynamic
David Castor, Discovery Station at Hagerstown; Passionate
Michael Koch, CAB Cause and Effect; Dedicated
David E. Nicewarner, Habitat for Humanity Frederick; Foreward Thinking
Robert B. Rankin, Meritus Healthcare Foundation; Dedicated
Mike Mitchell, C&O Canal Trust, Passionate
Jeff Link and Jody Sevy, Mount St. Mary's University; Dedicated
Cynthia Perini, Hospice of Washington County; Committed
John L. Schnebly, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; Dedicated
Dr. Arnold "Skip" Amass, Carroll Community College Foundation, Passionate
Yvonne Reinsch, Hood College; Compassionate
Mary Ellis, United Way of Frederick; Selfless
Susan Wood, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation; Dedicated
Marla Fazzalore, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick; Enthusiastic
Steve & Jo, Carroll Lutheran Village; Thespians
Karlys Kline, Community Foundation of Frederick; Inspiring