NOV 10. WESTIN ARLINGTON GATEWAY.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
Sponsorships of the event support Arlington Community Foundation’s operations and mission-critical programming including scholarships, Bridges Out of Poverty, and grants to community organizations. We welcome both individual and company/organization sponsorships at all levels.
More details to come in the following days. Reach out to our Director of Philanthropy, Christy Cole, to learn more about available opportunities.
Check out community spotlights from last year's virtual celebration while we get ready for the 2022 event.
Florence served as Church Clerk for historic Mount Zion Baptist Church for 35 years as well as Secretary of the Arlington View (formerly Johnson Hill) Civic Association for 40 years.
The core of AYPI is a Youth Board of students from area high schools who are committed to making a difference in Arlington through grants for community projects and mentoring other students.
During the height of the pandemic, AES worked with Arlington Community Foundation to co-create opportunities for engagement to alleviate the issues facing people in Arlington.