Honoring Montgomery County's Unsing Heroes
Join us in honoring our 2014 Momentum Awards recipients, local heroes who are creating social, economic, and civic momentum for the betterment of life in Montgomery County!
Social Momentum Award: Rashad Price, Street Outreach Network
Rashad Price works in the Street Outreach Network, an initiative of the Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services, to provide positive youth development programs in the region of East County. In the past year, he has developed both a flag football team and a basketball team, organized field trips, and established a male mentoring program for over 30 youth. This program meets weekly to discuss issues relating to the youth's environment, social and educational issues. It is also monitors grades, encourages parent involvement, and attempts to improve teen behavior.
Economic Momentum Award: Long Branch Business League Leadership (Carlos Perozo, Ada Villatoro, Art Cobb)
The leadership of the Long Branch Business League is comprised of Carlos Perozo, President of the League and owner of ZP Tax; Ada Villatoro, Vice President of the League and owner of El Golfo Restaurant; and Art Cobb, Secretary-Treasurer of the League and owner of BSP Media Services. They have been instrumental in promoting an inclusive vision for Long Branch's commercial center while maintaining a goal that allows private commercial success and community well being to progress hand in hand. Carlos, Ada and Art, each small business owners, have gone above and beyond their own businesses to focus on such community-building initiatives as the Super Block Party at which for Long Branch residents came together.
Civic Momentum Award: Laurie Duker, Executive Director, Court Watch Montgomery
Laurie founded Court Watch Montgomery over four years ago in order to help guarantee the safety of women fleeing domestic abuse in Montgomery County. With Laurie's leadreship, Court Watch has implemented a process to help victims of domestic violence as they pursue just and safe lives as it aims to curb the practices that keep women from successfully using the court to protect themselves. Court Watch monitors and evaluates Maryland's domestic violence justice system by accompanying women to court, makes judicial personnel aware of the public's interest in how domestic violence cases are handled by the court, reports their findings and recommendations regularly, and educates citizens about domestic violence and the role of the local judiciary.
This year's winners were chosen amongst a total of 20 nominations that represent a variety of inspirational individuals and groups who are making a difference in their communities through their amazing work. Our Momentum Awards committee had the difficult task of choosing this year's award winners, a challenge they took on with both seriousness and excitement. We will be presenting this year's Momentum Awards at IMPACT Now! on Thursday, April 24 from 7:00-9:00 a.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building.