Rockville, MD—TLC—The Treatment and Learning Centers’ Board of Trustees recognized outstanding service at the annual dinner on May 16.
“Recognizing outstanding service to TLC at the annual dinner is always a pleasure and an honor. We are exceedingly fortunate to have the support and expertise of such a dedicated group for TLC,” said Patricia Ritter, Ph.D., executive director.
Benefactor of the Year – was awarded to longtime TLC supporter GEICO, a major sponsor of TLC fundraising events. GEICO recently donated $25,000 for naming rights to the lobbies of TLC’s new Gaither Road headquarters and our Katherine Thomas School (KTS) on Medical Center Drive.
Employer of the Year – TLC’s Outcomes Service for adults with disabilities recognized Ed Miles, store manager at Giant Food of Georgetown Square, for his passion and commitment in hiring and working with individuals with disabilities. Said Miles, “There is no better thing than to give someone an opportunity. In 40 years, Giant Food has never changed our commitment to give back to the community.”
Volunteer of the Year –Jason Apolenis, this year’s winner, has been a tremendous supporter of TLC since he first became involved in 2010 supporting TLC’s King of the Road 5K race and continued with actively supporting the TLC Golf Classic, both critical fundraising events. Most recently, Jason facilitated a grant from New York Life Foundation to help TLC purchase our first iPads.
Barry S. Scher Award for Public Relations – TLC recognized Delegate Ariana Kelly, whose sponsorship of a state bond bill will enable TLC to fund critical capital repairs at our KTS Medical Center Drive facility. A valued member of TLC’s Consumer Advisory Board, Delegate Kelly said: “TLC changed our lives. I am honored to advocate for something I really believe in, the critically important work TLC does for our community.”
Rosemary R. Colston Award – Given in honor of former president Rosemary Colston, this year’s winner for exceptional service was John Bogasky, a board member since 2007 who is active on several committees and has led multiple initiatives and taskforces over the years. John is also a strong leader for KTS alumni families.