2014 Civic Leadership Awards Honor Four Leaders Who Are Making Prince George’s County Stronger

DSC_7274-X3October 8, 2014 – The Civic Leadership Awards were established in 2006 by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Prince George’s County to recognize, honor, and promote outstanding community leadership in Prince George’s County. The award recognizes individuals and organizations who too often are unrecognized for their important contributions—unsung heroes who have quietly, tirelessly, and unselfishly demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to improving and enhancing the quality of life in our community. The Community Foundation paid special tribute to the 2014 honorees at a reception on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Newton White Mansion.

Prince George’s County is the second largest county in the State of Maryland, and has a population of nearly 900,000 residents. It boasts a diverse and educated population with one-third of its residents holding baccalaureate and advanced degrees. Additionally, in some parts of the county, the unemployment rate is relatively low and median incomes are over $100,000. In these areas, the future looks bright for many of its residents. Yet in other communities, families struggle to meet basic needs and many residents lack the education and skills needed to ensure a good quality of life. Despite the county’s unprecedented population and economic growth, one in ten residents of Prince George’s lives in poverty. In these communities, unemployment rates exceed 10% and the number of disconnected youth – those without a high school diploma and a job – has surged to nearly 7,000 young people.

“There is a lot of work to be done and there are heroes living here who are doing it – tackling the tough issues and helping to make our county stronger,” said Desiree Griffin-Moore, Executive Director of The Community Foundation in Prince George’s County. “We are so proud to honor these four remarkable people.”

The 2014 Civic Leadership Awardees are:

The Honorable Rushern L. Baker, III
Prince George’s County Executive

Dr. Charlene M. Dukes
Prince George’s Community College

Maria S. Gomez
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care

Timothy F. Maloney
Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA

Proceeds from this year’s Civic Leadership Awards gala benefit The Community Foundation’s goals to invest in effective safety net, education, and workforce services that help low-income families and individuals gain the knowledge, skills, and security needed to be economically stable. The 2014 Civic Leadership Awards have been sponsored in part by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, National Harbor – Peterson Family Foundation, Carrollton Enterprises, Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation, Prince George’s Community College, and Walton Group of Companies.