Foundation seeks to honor 'unsung heroes'

September 08, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Community Foundation of Washington County MD plans to continue its annual tradition of rewarding three devoted, tireless, unheralded volunteers.

First, the foundation needs nominees.

For the seventh straight year, the foundation will pick three People's Choice Award winners. Each will get a $5,000 endowment fund to designate for a nonprofit organization.

The foundation - which gives grants to nonprofit organizations and manages charitable endowment funds - wants to "root out the real unsung heroes in the community," Executive Director Brad Sell said.

While some people in nonprofit work get plenty of notice and honor, the People's Choice Awards are for "low-key, behind-the-scenes, year-in-and-year-out" volunteers, Sell said.


Nomination forms are available at the foundation's Web site.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 6.

Five judges will pick the winners - Lieba Cohen, the executive director of the Hagerstown Community College Foundation; J. Herbert Hardin, a retired teacher and principal; Maureen Grove, the executive director of Girls Inc.; David Engel, the director of the Washington County Department of Social Services; and Bob Maginnis, the editorial pages editor of The Herald-Mail.

The foundation will honor the winners Nov. 9 at a banquet at the Four Points Sheraton on Dual Highway.

Last year's winners were Hugh Brandenburg, John Long and Rollan Myers.

Brandenburg logged at least 40,000 hours as a volunteer at the Western Maryland Hospital Center. He chose the center's auxiliary as the beneficiary of the $5,000 endowment in his name.

Long, who died in March, primarily was responsible for creating and maintaining the railroad museum at City Park in Hagerstown. He picked the Humane Society of Washington County as a beneficiary.

Myers pledged his endowment fund to Arc of Washington County, which he served for more than 30 years.

How to nominate

There are a few ways to nominate people for the Community Foundation of Washington County MD's People's Choice Awards.

Nomination forms are available at the foundation's Web site,

To submit nominations:

· Mail or deliver to the foundation at 120 W. Washington St., Suite 300, Hagerstown, MD 21740

· Fax to 301-791-5752

· E-mail to

The nomination deadline is Oct. 6.

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