The late Cynthia Hull, who served as executive director of United Community Ministries in Alexandria from 2007 until her cancer diagnosis in January, was honored March 28 along with four others for their work to protect children.
With support from Verizon, SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) hosted Wednesday’s 10th annual Allies in Prevention Awards Luncheon to recognize individuals from five regions of Northern Virginia — Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax/Falls Church, Loudoun and Greater Prince William — who go above and beyond in their efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect, and support children and families.
Hull was the Fairfax honoree.
The luncheon also marks the launch of SCAN's annual Northern Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Campaign, “The Little Picture,” for National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
Hull died March 16. She was 62.
Alexandria builder earns ‘superstar’ status
Heath Wilkinson, president of UIP General Contracting Inc. of Washington, D.C., was named one of Professional Builder’s “40 Under 40” young “superstars,” representing the next generation of leadership and innovation in homebuilding.
Wilkinson of Alexandria started UIPGC as a subsidiary of Urban Investment Partners in 2008. He also founded UnitTurns, a subsidiary of UIPGC, which now generates annual revenue of more than $2 million. Its work includes multifamily property renovations, ground-up construction and both residential and commercial interiors.
With a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, where he was an NCAA Division I wrestler, Wilkinson began his career with NVR/Ryan Homes. He serves on the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan Review Board.
Oakton girl wins design contest
Morgan Doss, 17, of Oakton soon will be flying to Los Angeles to embark on her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
Morgan tied for first place in Sweety High and Bebop Clothing’s “Be a Star” design contest. Her video and clothing designs won her the chance to visit Bebop in April and watch her sketches come to life. Morgan will be filmed as she works with Bebop, and her entire experience will then be captured in Sweety High’s original web-series, Glam Squad.
Sweety High is an online experience-based social game that rewards girls’ creativity with real-world prizes and opportunities.
Reston nonprofit named Helios Apollo finalist
Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable housing and supportive social services to individuals and families in need, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Helios Apollo Awards.
The awards recognize employers in the Washington, D.C., region that invest in employee development that makes a difference.
Reston Interfaith is one of six finalists in the Tria award category, which represents companies with 101 to 175 employees.
“We congratulate Reston Interfaith on being named a finalist and look forward to coming together in May to celebrate all the finalists,” said Kathy Albarado, president and CEO of Helios.
Reston Interfaith connects people to resources that solve their needs for housing, child care, food or financial assistance. Since 1970, Reston Interfaith has reached out to 250,000 neighbors in need, helping them overcome tough economic times in an already high cost-of-living region.
Helios will honor the finalists and announce the winners at the Apollo Awards breakfast ceremony May 30 at the McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner.
Fairfax Chamber celebrates corporate citizenship
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2012 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards.
Presented across seven categories, the awards honor extraordinary business leadership and above-and-beyond corporate social responsibility.
“One of the things that makes the Northern Virginia business community great is the many ways in which our businesses give back to the community where they live, work and play,” said Jim Corcoran, Fairfax Chamber president and CEO.
The finalists are:ŸOutstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year Large Business: Accenture, BAE Systems Inc., CSC, Deloitte LLP, DynCorp International, Lockheed Martin and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
ŸOutstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year Mid-Size Business: Apple Federal Credit Union, BRTRC, JK Moving, Reed Smith LLP, Reston Hospital Center and Tysons Corner Center.
ŸOutstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year Small Business: CompuGain, First Virginia Community Bank, Great Harvest Bread Co., Karin’s Florist, Transurban and TSI (Transformation Systems).
ŸWoman-Owned Business of the Year: Great Harvest Bread Co., Halfaker & Associates LLC, PSA, STGi, Sensei Enterprises Inc., Trowbridge & Trowbridge and TSI.
ŸExecutive of the Year: Reggie Aggarwal, founder and CEO, Cvent; Michael Cardaci, CEO, Global Network Services Inc; Charles Kuhn, founder, president and CEO, JK Moving; Joe Stettinius, president and principal, Cassidy Turley; and Ryung Suh, CEO, Atlas Research.
ŸEmerging Influential of the Year: Amanda Andere, executive director, FACETS; Jonathan Arehart, president and CEO, Cavendo; Sandy Corbett, co-founder and CEO, Incadence Strategic Solutions; Kevin DeSanto, co-founder and managing director, KippsDeSanto & Co.; Kim Gladis, president and CEO, CorePerformX Advisory Group; Rajiv Shenoy, founder, Orca; and Becca Willcox, sales and marketing manager, The Capital Grille.
ŸNon-Profit of the Year: FACETS, Fairfax County Park Foundation, Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services, Life with Cancer, The Women’s Center and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
The awards will be presented June 20 at the Chamber’s annual Chairman’s Luncheon at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner. The luncheon honors the service of 2011-12 Chairman Adrian Chapman, president and COO of Washington Gas, and welcomes 2012-13 Chair Lovey Hammel, president and CEO of Employment Enterprises Inc.