Community Foundation honors difference-makers

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore on Friday honored three award recipients and celebrated annual grant-making efforts at its 34th Annual Meeting and Report to the Community.

The foundation celebrated a total of $5.4 million in grants made in fiscal year 2018, including more than a half-million-dollars in scholarships to local students.

“Our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon allows us to celebrate our yearly achievements which would not be possible without the dedication of our donors, volunteers, nonprofits and local businesses,” said CFES President Erica Joseph. “The event is a true testament to how the Lower Shore values the importance of giving back to our community.”

Volunteer of the Year Award

The Mary Gladys Jones Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Ed Montgomery for his many years dedicated to the service of others.

Ed Montgomery accepts the Mary Gladys Jones Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Jim Almand.

Montgomery has served on various committees for the Worcester County Local Management Board and for a short time, as a volunteer director.

Volunteering with the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund and the Worcester County Health Department, he has worked to reduce the tragedy of suicide and enhance access to mental health care.

He is a past board member for Diakonia and for many years chaired the Atlantic United Methodist Church “Helping Hands” Program, and is often found in the church’s soup kitchen.

The award annually honors the sustained and unselfish contributions of volunteers in our community and the diversity of time, talent and expertise they share. Mr. Montgomery will receive a $1,000 gift to designate to the charity of his choice.

Nonprofit Award of Excellence

The Nonprofit Award of Excellence Honoring Richard A. Henson was awarded to Junior Achievement.

Jayme Hayes, center, accepts the Henson Nonprofit Award of Excellence on behalf of Junior Achievement, presented by Kathleen McLain.

Junior Achievement works to inspire and prepare young people to succeed through volunteer led, kindergarten through 12th grade programs that foster work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.

This year alone Junior Achievement has touched the lives of over 7,000 children in the three-county region, as well as others on the upper shore. The award is presented annually to a nonprofit organization which has implemented a program or project that has made an outstanding contribution to the well-being of residents of the Lower Eastern Shore.

The recipient organization receives $5,000 to support their work.

Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award

The Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award was awarded to Col. Bob Cook for his commitment to the community and philanthropy.

Col. Bob Cook, right, is presented the Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award by Marty Neat of First Shore Federal Savings Bank.

Many Lower Shore organizations have benefited from his extraordinary leadership, founding membership, fundraising, or resurgence campaigns, including The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, The Zoo, The Greater Salisbury Committee, Wor-Wic Community College, the YMCA, The Henson Foundation and many more.

His steadfast commitment to improving the community while empowering others through his leadership is seen throughout the Lower Eastern Shore.

The award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, vision, integrity, compassion, cooperation and generosity of time and talents to our community. In honor of the award, a $1,500 gift will be made to the charity of Col. Cook’s choice.

Chairman’s Award

The Chairman’s Award was presented to Tony Sarbanes for his dedication to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and philanthropic efforts.

Tony Sarbanes, right, was awarded the Chairman’s Award for his service to the Community Foundation, presented by CFES Chairman Jim Thomas Jr.

He is an unabashed ambassador for the Community Foundation and has served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors for 12 years and the grants committee for over 20 years.

His service to community,  country and public service includes the United Way, Delmarva Council Boy Scouts, Community Foundation, Salisbury Neighborhood Housing, Trinity United Methodist Church where he has served as a Lay Leader for 18 years, as well as his career as an educator and principal.


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