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Stouffer, Rockwell, McDougal honored for community service

November 12, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- For more than 30 years, Beth Ann Stouffer has managed the food pantry at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown to help people who are less fortunate.

On Thursday, Stouffer and two others, Howard Rockwell and Dr. Dan McDougal, were honored at Fountain Head Country Club for their philanthropic service during the Community Foundation of Washington County's 10th Annual People's Choice Awards.

The ceremony is held to recognize members of the community who unselfishly donate their time, talents and abilities to help make life better for others. Each recipient was allowed to name a nonprofit organization that will benefit from a $5,000 endowment established in their honor.

Kristy Smith, program manager for the Community Foundation of Washington County, said three people are chosen each year to receive the award. 2004 was an exception, however, when a husband and wife shared an award to increase the number of recipients to four.

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"Our goal is not to find the check writers," Smith said. "We want the people who do it face to face and volunteer."

Smith said the winners are nominated primarily by residents and nonprofit organizations.

Below is a description of each recipient:

o Beth Ann Stouffer

As manager of St. Mark's Food Pantry, Stouffer coordinates the procurement and distribution of food and household supplies for more than 1,000 families each year.

"I was amazed," Stouffer said of receiving the award. "It just blew me away. I didn't expect it at all."

Stouffer chose to create the Doleman Black History Museum Endowment Fund with her $5,000 award.

o Howard Rockwell

Since 1967, Rockwell has volunteered for various periods of time for the United Way, American Cancer Society, John R. Marsh Cancer Center, St. Maria Goretti High School, City of Hagerstown, Hospice of Washington County, Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley, St. Mary's School and the Humane Society of Washington County.

As chairman of the 1985 United Way Campaign, he led the first $1 million campaign and created the President's Club to recognize the most generous donors.

"I think the skill I bring is overall management knowledge," Rockwell said before the ceremony of his volunteer work. "I've been doing some of this volunteer work for 40 years."

Rockwell created the Rockwell Fund for Breast Cancer Awarness of Cumberland Valley to be the recipient of his $5,000 endowment fund.

o Dr. Dan McDougal

McDougal is known for his volunteer service at the Community Free Clinic, and has volunteered his time and talents as a doctor at the clinic for the last 10 years. He served as the clinic's medical director for eight of those years, and he was on the board of directors for six years. 

McDougal has been instrumental in finding and recruiting other physicians to volunteer their services at the clinic. His dedication has enabled many Washington County residents without insurance to receive the medical care and medications necessary to have a healthier life.

"They were people just like our neighbors," McDougal said. "These are people who have worked all their lives and got laid off with no insurance."

McDougal chose to give his $5,000 endowment to the Community Free Clinic.

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