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Montgomery Serves Awards Recognize Extraordinary Service to the Community

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 3, 2017

Montgomery County will honor nine individuals and groups for their exemplary community service efforts at the sixth annual Montgomery Serves Awards event, set for Monday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited.


“Montgomery County is blessed with talented and dedicated residents who donate uncounted hours to making the County a better place to live and work. We would be a much less vibrant County without their many contributions, and I congratulate this year’s winners on their outstanding achievements,” said County Executive Ike Leggett, who will present the awards. “These exemplary citizens are outstanding examples of what makes Montgomery County such an extraordinary place.”


This year’s Montgomery Serves Awards winners will be recognized in the following categories:


The Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Awards, honoring community leaders, change agents, and role models who have made extraordinary contributions to Montgomery County over the course of their lives, will be presented to:


  • Mark Bergel, founder of a Wider Circle, which provides basic necessities, workforce readiness training, and long-term wrap-around support for local residents in need

  • Sol Graham, a business leader who mentors youth and has established scholarships at Montgomery College to assist students studying business, science, and technology

  • Vivien Hsueh, who founded the Chinese American Senior Services Association to combat isolation among immigrant Chinese seniors


The Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards, honoring lifetime volunteer service by those age 60 and up, will go to:


  • Miriam Kelty, who has dedicated decades of service toward the advancement of healthy aging, ethics in science, and the advancement of sciences

  • Marilyn Simonds, a long-term volunteer leader with several organizations, particularly Olney Help, which is dedicated to distributing food to needy families 


The Volunteer of the Year Awards, recognize outstanding volunteer service performed during the previous calendar year in four categories:


  • Individual Award:Jeremy Lichtenstein, who established Kids In Need Distributors to deliver food items to needy children to sustain them on days when they are not in school
  • Youth Award:Anjali Kalra, a Poolesville High School junior who created a summer camp for children residing at the Stepping Stones Shelter
  • Group Award:Court Watch Montgomery volunteers, who serve as the “public eye” in local domestic violence cases in an aim to help improve services and protection for victims
  • Business Award:Deloitte, whose local employees mentor at-risk boys and young men in YMCA Youth & Family Services’ Youth Links program


Learn more about the honorees and their service at


The Fund for Montgomery sponsors the Montgomery Serves Award ceremony and reception, which brings together elected officials, business leaders, community members, and volunteers to celebrate Montgomery County’s volunteer spirit. Lesli Foster of WUSA*9 will serve as emcee for this year’s event. Reserve tickets to the awards event here.


For more information, contact or 240-777-2600.


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Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Lorna Virgili 240-777-6507