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. We ask the community to 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 honored 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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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 2018 Award Winners

See photos of the 2018 event by Samuel Corum

The 2018 Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce Tribute Award

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad

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

Dan Thompson

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

Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association

The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee Business Leader of the Year

La Familia Peredo (The Peredo Family)

The WUDAC Best Property Improvement of the Year

AVA Wheaton

The 4th Dist. Police Public Safety Award

Officer Charles Heffley

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

Firefighter Julio Deras

The Kensington Vol. Fire Dept. Public Safety Award

Master Firefighter Kevin Tighe

Einstein HS Teacher of the Year Award

Ms. Sarah Shipley

Einstein HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Abdoul Rachid Abdoulaye Idi Moussa

Einstein HS Student Community Service of the Year

Sarai Diaz

Kennedy HS Teacher of the Year Award

Meron Ogans

Kennedy HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Samuel Penate

Kennedy HS Student Community Service of the Year

Abbie Talmoud

Wheaton HS Teacher of the Year Award

Daniel Bates

Wheaton HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Carlos J. Rodriguez Amaya

Wheaton HS Student Community Service of the Year

Aresema Workneh

The Chamber Member of the Year

Moses Wright, Block Advisors

The Chamber Business of the Year Award

All Eco Design Center

The Chamber Special Appreciation Award

Vicky Surles

The Chamber President’s Award

Janet Yu

Read the bios of the 2017 winners

Many thanks to the 2018 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; Lindsay Ford of Wheaton; Los Chorros Restaurant; Privacy World at Glenmont MetroCentre; Washington Property Company

Community Partners

Appliance Distributors Unlimited; AQUAS, Inc.; Costco Wholesale; Ewing, Hines & Associates; Glenmont MetroCenter; Jubilee Association of MD, Inc.; Kensington House Apartments; Montgomery Housing Partnership; One Montgomery Green; Westfield Wheaton

Community Supporters

American Legion Wheaton Post 268; Ana G. Mendez University System; Kensington Jewelers & Precious Metals; Montgomery College; Onder Communications; Wheaton Shopping Center

Community Advocates

Academy of Professional Barber/Stylists; Cam Ranh Bay Pho & Grill; InterAct Story Theatre; Kensington Row Bookshop; Kindness Animal Hospital; Little Caesars Wheaton; Logan’s Automotive; Wheaton Studio of Dance

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