People’s Choice Awards

Every year, the Community Foundation holds the People’s Choice Awards to recognize and celebrate individuals in the community who give generously of their time and talents to make Washington County a better place to live.

The 2019 People’s Choice Awards celebrated the good work of three People’s Choice volunteer winners and one Rising Star winner. In addition to honoring these individuals, the Community Foundation created a $5,000 designated endowment fund in honor of each Volunteer winner and contributed to the Young Philanthropists Fund in recognition of the Rising Star winner.

Ira-Paul-EvelynThis year’s award winners are as follows:

People’s Choice Volunteer Awards

Evelyn Eichelberger
Evelyn Eichelberger has volunteered at Children In Need for the past eight years. She is the Sorting Room Supervisor in charge of approximately 50 volunteers with many different skill levels. Evelyn works with retired individuals five days a week as well as students and coaches three days a week from five high schools. She makes sure the donations are sorted and stocked for over 900 families. Evelyn is very involved with her church, Saint James Brethren in Fairplay, where she prepares food for the annual indoor/outdoor yard sale, chairs the Kitchen Ministry (Benevolent Meals) and served as a substitute Sunday School teacher from 2009-2017. She was chairperson for the Ag Expo in charge of food sales and volunteers to benefit her church. Evelyn has been a member of the Women’s Missionary Society for 25 years. She also volunteers once a month at the Church of the Brethren Missions in New Windsor, MD. Evelyn elected to have her endowment fund designated to Children in Need. Learn more about Evelyn in this video from WDVM.

Paul Kadin
Paul Kadin started volunteering with AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) in South Washington County in 1998 and has run the league since 2000. He operates in many capacities, including coaching and serving as the volunteer coordinator, coaching administrator/trainer, referee administrator/trainer, concession chair, grounds maintenance chair and filling in wherever needed. Paul personally teaches all levels of coach training at no charge as well as referee training and mentoring. Under Paul’s leadership, the league mandates balanced teams at all levels, assures everyone plays and enforces good sportsmanship and safety. “Paul is THE reason for youth soccer in South County,” said Mr. and Mrs. Fiola. “As a parent, he recognized that AYSO does not merely teach physical soccer skills, but uses soccer to teach life skills. He spends 1000’s of hours at the AYSO fields in both the spring and fall volunteering.” Paul chose to create his fund for the Boonsboro AYSO. Check out Paul’s video on WDVM.

Ira “Junior” Moats
Ira “Junior” Moats has volunteered at the Hancock Volunteer Fire Company for over 55 years as a firefighter, assistant chief, houseman and in various board positions. He serves as the fleet manager for all fire company apparatus and maintains the building and property. Ira is also involved in all fundraising efforts. Although he no longer actively fights fires, he still drives apparatus to calls and provides support to other firefighters on the scene. He works hard to make sure the Hancock units get out when needed. “His service to the greater Hancock area has been invaluable and remarkable,” said Deb Cohill. “He has been a mentor to younger members and sets an example for anyone interested in service to their community. Ira is always prepared to put his own life on the line for others, is a humble man and highly regarded by local law enforcement personnel and EMS providers. He is the ‘go to guy’ that you know you can always count on.” Ira elected to have his endowment fund established for Martha’s House in Hancock. Learn more about Ira here in this video courtesy of WDVM.

Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award honors someone aged 25-40 who demonstrates a commitment to the Washington County community through volunteer service and financial support. This year’s Rising Star winner, Kandace Carpenter, is the incoming board president for Boys & Girls Club of Washington County where she serves on the executive committee, organizational development committee and building committee. She is the current vice president of the Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary and coordinates the exchange student program. Kandace serves on the board of Lasting Change and actively volunteers with Court Appointed Special Advocates. She supports many other nonprofits and initiatives financially. Kandace received her Doctor of Law from George Mason University and is the managing partner of the Law Office of Carpenter & Deisher, LLC in Funkstown.

The Community Foundation appreciates the generous support of the following businesses that help make the People’s Choice Awards possible: Antietam Wealth Management; BB&T; The Family Heritage Trust Company; First Energy Foundation (Potomac Edison); M&T Bank; Mason Investment Advisory Services, Inc., Middletown Valley Bank, William Dutton Family Fund; Valley Mall and WDVM.

2018 Winners

Nonprofit Shining Star Award: Buck Browning
People’s Choice Nonprofit Award: Washington County Commission on Aging
Rising Star Award: Cort Meinelschmidt
People’s Choice Volunteer Award: June Datum, June Datum Endowment Fund for the Maryland Theatre

2017 Winners

Nonprofit Shining Star Award: Deb Cohill
People’s Choice Nonprofit Award: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
Rising Star Award: Sam Buhrman
People’s Choice Volunteer Award: Jackie Fouche, Mount Hope Prison Ministry Endowment Fund

2016 Winners

Nonprofit Shining Star Award: Jodie Ostoich
People’s Choice Nonprofit Award: Humane Society of Washington County
Rising Star Award: Kelsi Palmer
People’s Choice Volunteer Award: Will Godwin, Therapeutic Gardens at the Western Maryland Hospital Center

2015 Winners

Blanton Croft, Meals on Wheels
Ernest Truax, Hancock Rescue Squad
Gary Weaver, Big Brothers Big Sisters

2014 Winners

Sue Fiedler, Meritus Healthcare Auxiliary
Barb Jacob, The Maryland Theatre
Bette Nicholas, St. Ann Roman Catholic Church
Rising Star: Heather Guessford

2013 Winners

B. Marie Byers, Discovery Station
Darce Easton, Miller House
Richard Schnurr, Potomac Center Volunteer Association
Rising Star: Brenna Bacon Ranieli

2012 Winners

James Marshall, REACH, Inc.
Ronald Wayne Taylor, HCC Amphitheater
Noel Williams, Williamsport Interact

2011 Winners

Patricia Beard, Discovery Station
Charles Koontz, DeafNet
Robert “Buck” Shipley, Habitat for Humanity

2010 Winners

William Bulla, REACH, Inc.
Dan and Debbie Murphy, Hancock Christmas for Others
Ernest “Bub” Snodderly, Potomac Center Volunteer Association

2009 Winners

Dr. Dan McDougal, Community Free Clinic*
Howard Rockwell, Rockwell Fund for Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley
Beth Stouffer, Doleman Black History Museum Endowment Fund

2008 Winners

Rev. Janice Dorsey, Bill Dorsey Scholarship for BISFA
J. Gilbert Everline, Hagerstown Union Rescue Mission
Jerry Overdorff, Habitat for Humanity

2007 Winners

William K. “Bill” Beard, Home Ramp Project Fund
Daniel Fleming, Hancock Scouting Fund
Blaine Snyder, Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum

2006 Winners

Anna Mary Kline, Williamsport Food Bank
Sharon Mattingly, Funkstown Elementary PTA
Robert McCusker, Hancock Historical Society

2005 Winners

Hugh Brandenburg, Western Maryland Hospital Auxiliary
John Long, Humane Society of Washington County
Rollan “Ron” Myers, The ARC of Washington County

2004 Winners

N. Linn Hendershot, Many Individuals Helping Individuals (MIHI)
Anne Hinkle, Western Maryland Hospital Auxiliary
James and Ethel Martin, REACH, Inc.*

2003 Winners

Florence Hill Graff, Community Free Clinic*
Janet Newcomer, Community Free Clinic*
Connie Pauley, Turning Point

2002 Winners

Vivian Hackman, REACH Fund for the Homeless*
William H. “Mac” McClean, The ARC of Washington County
Ralph “Coach” Stottlemyer, Scholarship Fund, South High

2001 Winners

Cindi Messersmith, REACH, Inc.*
Charles Rowe, Sr., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
Jean Wainwright, Food Resources

2000 Winners

Mildred Fiery, Girls, Inc. & Western Maryland Hospital
Dorothy Truax, Clear Spring Elementary PTA
Betty Willson, Social Help Center


*As three honorees chose to benefit the Community Free Clinic, the name of this fund has been changed to the Community Free Clinic People’s Choice Awards Fund. Five honorees have chosen REACH, and thus five $5,000 gifts have been made to the existing REACH Endowment.