Annual Community Awards Banquet

Our 34th Annual Community Awards Banquet

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Hollywood East Café
/ 240-290-9988
11160 Veirs Mill Road, in Westfield Wheaton Mall, Wheaton, MD 20902

$40 by April 13 / $45 starting April 14 / $50 at the door
Dressy Business / Cocktail Attire

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

For over 23 years, the Chamber has recognized the area high school students and also included monetary gifts provided by the various sponsors. The Chamber has been committed to encouraging local businesses to mentor the students destined to become future leaders.

The Chamber will honor Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad this year. This corps of volunteers has provided life support, and fire and rescue service to Wheaton and the surrounding community every day since 1955. Their highly trained personnel have responded to hundreds of thousands of calls for help over the past 62 years at no charge to those served.

This tribute is given in recognition of the significant contributions to the safety and security of the Wheaton & Kensington Community.
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We honored Fitzgerald Auto Mall-Wheaton in 2017. 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 48 years, and has been a great supporter of the Chamber.

General Manager George Sydnor has worked for Fitzgerald Auto Mall for 37 years, and has been at the Wheaton location for 18 years. George accepted the 2017 Chamber Tribute Award.

In 1999 Ellen Riger of EllenOriginals started the Holiday on Duty program, which provides meals for on-duty First Responders during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She has served on the Board of Directors for many years, and for over 15 years has spearheaded the Chamber’s Annual Community Awards Banquet, and after 2017 she stepped down as the Chairperson. Ellen received a special appreciation award along with a bouquet of flowers.

Ellen receives Special Appreciation Award

The 2017 Award Winners

See photos of the 2017 event by Samuel Corum [password: 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

Ellen Riger

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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