Annual Community Awards Banquet


Our 33rd Annual Community Awards Banquet

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:00–9:00 pm
Hollywood East Café
/ 240-290-9988
11160 Veirs Mill Road, Westfield Mall Restaurant Row, Wheaton, MD 20902

$40 by April 14 / $45 starting April 15 / $50 at the door
Dressy Business / Cocktail Attire

This annual awards dinner is a hallmark event of the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber. We celebrated the connection and goodwill between citizens, businesses, schools, and public safety workers in the Wheaton & Kensington community. Thank you for helping us give thanks to those receiving these well-deserved annual awards.

We honored Fitzgerald Auto Mall-Wheaton this year: It is one of the area’s largest car dealers, and excels in fair prices and customer satisfaction. Fitzgerald Auto Mall has been selling and servicing cars, and helping the community in the Wheaton area for 47 years, and has been a great supporter of the Chamber.

Jack Fitzgerald encourages his associates to participate in community organizations, such as the Yellow Ribbon Fund, the Washington Animal Rescue League, the County Safe Kids Coalition, and the Child Safety Seat Program that aims to reduce the number of injuries to children caused by crashes, and provides child safety seat training for employees who volunteer their time to help the public.

General Manager George Sydnor has worked for Fitzgerald Auto Mall for 36 years, and has been at the Wheaton location for 17 years. George accepted the 2017 Chamber Tribute Award.

Download the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet flyer

Ellen Riger of EllenOriginals began her participation in the Chamber in 1991 and six years later was elected President. Within a couple of years Ellen had started the Holiday on Duty program, which provides meals for on-duty First Responders during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ellen has served on the Board of Directors for many years, and for over 15 years has spearheaded the Chamber’s Annual Community Awards Banquet. But after the 2017 event she stepped down as Chairperson; however she will continue to run Holiday on Duty. Ellen received a special appreciation award with a bouquet of flowers.

Ellen receives Special Appreciation Award

The 2017 Award Winners

See photos of this year’s 2017 event by Samuel Corum [password:  i>2017awards]

The 2017 Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce Tribute Award

Fitzgerald Auto Mall-Wheaton

The Mid-County Citizen’s Advisory Board Citizen of the Year

Christine Swan

The Mid-County Citizen’s Advisory Board Community Association of the Year

St. John’s Lutheran Church

The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee Business Leader of the Year

William Moore, Owner of IHOP-Wheaton

The WUDAC Best Property Improvement of the Year

Seoul Food DC Restaurant

The 4th Dist. Police Public Safety Award

Sergeant Keith Duggan & Sergeant Phillip Meyer

The Wheaton Vol. Rescue Squad Public Safety Officer of the Year Award

Mr. Robert “Bob” Lawson

The Kensington Vol. Fire Dept. Public Safety Award

Lynn Tantardini

Einstein HS Teacher of the Year Award

Mr. Peter Smeallie

Einstein HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Ms. Rediet Betru

Einstein HS Student Community Service of the Year

Ms. Rocio Alvarado

Kennedy HS Teacher of the Year Award

Mr. Brian Schutt

Kennedy HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Yesenia Henriquez-Zepeda

Kennedy HS Student Community Service of the Year

Emily Chaparro

Wheaton HS Teacher of the Year Award

Mrs. Lauren Zolkiewicz

Wheaton HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Gustavo Martinez Jaramillo

Wheaton HS Student Community Service of the Year

Chukwuebuka Oghenerukevwe Osinachi

The Chamber Member of the Year

Michele Gordon, MiRe Svaroopa Yoga

The Chamber Business of the Year Award

Washington Property Company

The Chamber President’s Award

Marian Fryer

The Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award

Mrs. Annabelle Jaffe

The Chamber Special Appreciation Award

Washington Property Company

Read the bios of the 2017 winners

Many thanks to the 2017 Community Awards Sponsors

Community Champions

Fitzgerald AutoMall-Wheaton; Greenhill Capital Corporation; IHOP Wheaton

Community Heroes

Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center; Griswold Home Care, Aspen Hill-Wheaton; Hollywood East Cafe; Los Chorros Restaurant; Marc Elrich for County Executive; MiRé Svaroopa Yoga; Washington Property Company; Westfield Wheaton

Community Partners

Ana G. Mendez University System; Appliance Distributors Unlimited; Costco Wholesale; EllenOriginals; Ewing, Hines & Associates; Glenmont MetroCenter; Jubilee Association of MD, Inc.; Kensington House Apartments; Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC); Montgomery Housing Partnership

Community Supporters

Kensington Volunteer Fire Department; Onder Communications; One Montgomery Green; Privacy World at Glenmont MetroCentre; Wheaton Shopping Center

Community Advocates

Academy of Professional Barber/Stylists; Cam Ranh Bay Pho & Grill; Kensington Row Bookshop; Kindness Animal Hospital; Little Caesars Wheaton; Logan’s Automotive; M&T Bank; Seoul Food DC; Wheaton Studio of Dance

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