The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith announced the winners of the 2013 annual Best of Reston awards for those who have served Reston with outstanding community service.
The winners, announced at a reception at The Metropolitan at Reston Town Center Thursday, will be honored at a gala to benefit Reston Interfaith on April 11. This is the 22nd year Best of Reston has been awarded.
The 2013 class includes:
Individual Community Members
Doug Bushee - Bushee is the founder of the CORE Foundation, which assists individual and groups to raise money for a nonprofit. The foundation has helped the Reston Sprint Triathlon raise more than $130,000 for Reston Interfaith. He is a former Reston Association board member.
Ed Robichaud - Robichaud has served the community in a variety of ways, including serving as a board member for the Reston Historic Trust and Herndon-Reston FISH, teaching computer classes at helping the Reston Bike Club and playing violin with the Reston Community Orchestra, among other activties.
Friends of the Reston Regional Library - Since 1972, this group has supported the library. The group generates nearly $100,000 annually though it books sales, and proceeds go to sustain and enhance materials.
YMCA Fairfax County-Reston - The Y is being honored for its mission to foster the spiritual, mental and physcial development of individuals, families and communities. The organization provides programs for at-risk kids in Reston and promotes wellness initiatives for families in Reston Interfaith's transitional housing program.
Small Business Leader
Mayflowers A Floral Studio - This floral design shop at Reston Town Center has given back to the community in many ways. Owner May Bernhardt's floral designs have decorated many charity benefits in Reston, and she recently organized the first-ever Reston Town Center Walk to End Homelessness.
Corporate Business Leader
John Marshall Bank - The bank is being honored for its encouragement of volunteerism and philanthropy. In 2012, bank employees engaged in more than 140,000 volunteer hours. The bank also holds an annual charity golf tournament that raised $30,000 for charity in 2102, donates $1,000 to a local charity each time a new branch opens, and is actively involved in educational initiatives.
Vade Bolton-Ann Rodriguez Young Leaders Entrusting Our Community's Future Award
Amanda Andere - This inaugural award, named for the late Reston leaders goes to Andere for serving in several roles. She is a board member of Reston Association. She is the executive director the nonprofit FACETS, which helps low-income Fairfax County residents in need, and serves as a deacon at Reston's Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church.
The honorary chairman of this year's Best of Reston is Reston founder Robert E. Simon, who will turn 99 the same week as the gala. He will also serve in that role in 2014, as he turns 100.
For more information on the Best of Reston gala, click here.