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Meadows Farms Nurseries played hosted to a Pink Day — a horticulture industry fundraiser — on June 23 and raised more than $27,000 for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Employees wearing pink Meadows Farms T-shirts decorated each of the company's 22 locations in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. The event featured live music, face painting, appearances by former Washington Redskins players, games and refreshments.

Customers making donations received a discount toward garden center purchases. Proceeds from a car wash, bake sale, silent auction and raffle ticket sales added to the coffers.

Bill Meadows — owner of Meadows Farms — contributed an additional $2,000 when he donated $100 for each location visited by Bobby Lewis, vice president for marketing, and President Jay Meadows.

Meadows Farms' events helped the Pink Days campaign reach its annual goal of $250,000, an amount earmarked for one researcher's project through The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The grantee will be announced in late July on and at

“We are incredibly grateful to Meadows Farms for helping us meet this fundraising goal,” said Tim Wood, director of marketing for Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs. “With all the garden centers across the U.S. and Canada hosting Pink Days in June, we would have come really close, but we wouldn't have quite made the June 30 deadline without their significant donation.”

Pink Days began in 2010 when Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs introduced Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea, the first pink form of the native smooth hydrangea. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation receives $1 for each Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea sold.

Herndon teacher wins government fellowship

Cynthia Burgett of Chantilly, a teacher at Rachel Carson Middle School, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C.

Burgett will receive as much as $24,000 toward her work on a master's degree, with a concentration on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution.

The award, funded by income from a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury and from other private gifts and grants, is intended to recognize promising and distinguished secondary-school teachers of American history, American government and social studies.

Students receive undergrad, graduate degrees

Scores of Fairfax-area residents completed their college careers this spring. The Fairfax County Times has received notification of the following degree recipients.

Corey Aferiat of Fairfax graduated cum laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., with a bachelor's degree in political science and public health.

Forty-three area residents received bachelor's degrees from Radford University: Erin Taylor, Wirathat Swasdiburi, Kelvin Medrano and Yesenia Kassebaum, all of Annandale; Ashley Bencivenga, Taylor Bikowski, Chelsea Crawford, Danielle Jepson, Sarah Schoonover, Alexandra Richter, Garrett Manion, Kevin Fleming, Brenda McDonald and Edward Ekanem, all of Centreville; Lucille Chambers, Brad Jackson, Elizabeth Heinz, Sian Stephan, Steven Blue, Christopher Gentile and Kaitlyn Kiewel, all of Chantilly; Nicholas Antzoulatos, Tyler McKee, Trisha Goolsby, Arielle Retting, Matthew Levin, Brittany Owens, Allison Cormier, Timothy Kennedy, Nathan Reich, Stephen Poovey, Eric Campbell, Ryan Comer, Ian Sigman, Matthew Slee, Melissa Reimann, Michelle Lee, Evan Di Silvio, Elizabeth Buckles, and Nicole Chambati, all of Fairfax; and Meghan Sullivan, Bridget Nelson and Caroline Gates, all of Vienna.

Rebecca Hall of Annandale, Amanda Michel of Centreville, Caitlin Colangelo of Chantilly and Emily Grimes of Fairfax all earned master's degrees in education from Radford. Margaret Roesener of Vienna earned a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Siana Ricciardi of Fairfax graduated from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., with a bachelor's degree in public relations.

Anna Weems of Fairfax and Edward Williams of Vienna received bachelor's degrees from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

College creditsThe following students were named to the president's lists at their respective colleges and universities for the spring 2012 semester.

Ÿ New River Community College, Dublin: Michael Feld, Anthony Gonzalez and Matt Righi, all of Fairfax.

Ÿ James Madison University: Adam Sitts of Fairfax.

Ÿ State University of New York College at Cortland: Julia Rapp of Vienna.

The following students were named to the dean's lists at their respective colleges and universities for the spring 2012 semester.

Ÿ Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.: Christina Dawson of Reston.

Ÿ Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.: Sean Cheetham, Shelby Romine and Stasia Schlatter of Centreville; Christina Smillie of Fairfax; Kelly McKenna and Alexandra Russell of Great Falls; Rafael Enriquez-Hesles and Gregory Epremian of McLean; and Cynthia Iselin and Scott Reed of Reston.

Ÿ Pennsylvania State University: Wolfe Drake of Herndon.

Ÿ Radford University: Eyob Ayalew, Isabelle Nelson, Michael Quigley, Rachel Smith and Erin Taylor, all of Annandale; Stephanie Bancroft, Donald Baumgart, Chelsea Beckner, Ashley Bencivenga, Taylor Bikowski, Michelle Burroughs, Richardo Camacho, Kevin Fleming, Molly Gift, Shelby Hersey, Lauren Hicks, Anna Hitzemann, Kevin James, Danielle Jepson, Jisoo Kim, Kirsten Koeninger, Courtney Krawczyk, Jessica Layne, Eumy Lee, Jordan Lehman, Allison Marquardt, Heather McGowan, Kyle McLaughlin, Melissa Michael, Reed Nelson, William Roberts, Jessica Sands, Kevin DeLeon Soriano, Martin Walsh, Amanda Westergaard, Carl Wickwire and Lauren Wilson, all of Centreville; Stephanie Blankers, Austin Chaet, Shannon Dooley, Helen Ellis, Melissa Fairbank, Christopher Gentile, Seamus Haggerty, Sarah Hensley, Travis Herrity, Kaitlyn Kiewel, John Koehler, Jeffrey Lawhorne, Allison Morisato, Victoria Novak, Meghan Rhodes, Jacquelyn Salzano, Sian Stephan and Colby Streb, all of Chantilly. Bailey Banks, Jennifer Brown, Robert Connors, Lauren Edmondson, Timothy Kennedy, Katrina Koussis, Kelsey Ranson, Arielle Retting, Christine Watts, Shilmat Abey, Connor Alexander, Katie Barron, James Burk, Kenley Carter, Stuart Converse, Taylor Cooper, Allison Cormier, Kristen DiMarco, Melissa Flis, Benjamin Grimes, Nathan Harper, Anna Jivotovski, Nicole Johnson, Tanya Kafity, Christine Kelly, April McGinness, Kevin Montgomery, Sloane Naughton, Laura Osgood, Steven Springs, Katherine Tingley, Jacqueline Valenti, Jenna Weinberg, Scott Werts and Meredith Wilson, all of Fairfax; Jennifer Cann, Caroline Gates, Whitney Atkins, Annabel Bergin, Aimee Foggo, Megan Loda, Sheryl Milligan, Bridget Nelson, Mohammad Nowrouz, Anna O'Mara, Christopher Rosecrans, Nicholas Sticinski and Kimberly Anne Tilton, all of Vienna.

Ÿ Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.: Ellen Brigham of Oakton.

Ÿ Shippensburg University, Pa.: Lacy Roling of Alexandria, Michael Kuhns of Herndon and Anna Weems of Fairfax.