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NOV 10. WESTIN ARLINGTON GATEWAY.

SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD CELEBRATION

The annual event bringing together hundreds of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders, as well as Arlingtonians from all walks of life, for a celebration of community and the individuals who have made Arlington a better home for all of us.

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About the William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award

The Honorable William T. Newman, Jr. serves as Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Virginia. A life-long Arlingtonian, he is known for his active engagement in the county. Judge Newman is the founder and president emeritus of Arlington Community Foundation.

In 1993, Arlington Community Foundation awarded the first Spirit of Community award to the late Joan Cooper. Named in honor of Judge Newman, the award was established to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a tireless and unselfish commitment to improving the quality of life in Arlington.

Lucy

2021

Lucy Bowen McCauley
DANCER, EDUCATOR, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE

Lucy Bowen McCauley and Bowen McCauley Dance Company (BMDC) have dedicated their time and creative energy in the elevation of performance art here in Arlington for 25 years. Through award-winning performances and free community outreach programs, BMDC engages people of all-ages and socioeconomic backgrounds regardless of dance experience.

Front-line workers

2020

Front-line Workers
ARLINGTON'S HUMAN SERVICE HEROES

Recognizing and appreciating the dedication and hard work of Arlington’s frontline human service workers as they have been crucial to keeping the community going during the COVID crisis.

Dr. Alfred Taylor Jr.

2019

Dr. Alfred Taylor Jr.
EDUCATOR AND CIVIC LEADER

Taylor, who spent more than 30 years as an administrator at the University of the District of Columbia, is an Arlington native and is former president of the Arlington branch of the NAACP and the Nauck (now Green Valley) Civic Association. He also long has been a leader at Macedonia Baptist Church, and is the author of “Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley: Past and Present.”

Emma

2018

Emma Violand-Sánchez
EDUCATOR AND ADVOCATE

A teacher and administrator in Arlington Public Schools for more than three decades, Violand-Sánchez opted after retirement to run for School Board, winning a seat in 2008 and serving for two four-year terms. Throughout it all, her work has proved “a testament to her fortitude and her compassion,” said new Marymount University president Irma Becerra, who provided keynote remarks at the 2018 Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

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