Women's Democratic League presents Community Service Award
Frederick News Post | October 28, 2019
On Oct. 16, business leaders took center stage at the Women’s Democratic League of Frederick County’s annual event recognizing non-partisan commitment to community service projects. The event was hosted at the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ Community Event Center, 15 W. Church St., Frederick. Mountainside Education & Enrichment Inc. “Lunch Out of Landfills” food waste recycling program received the Community Project of the Year Award in celebration of “successfully bringing together diverse organizations to support food waste reduction and environmental awareness in Frederick County.” Owner Joe Richardson embarked on a project to reduce the amount of trash generated at Bar T’s camp from eight dumpster pick-ups to one or less, the project was expanded this year to reducing food waste in Frederick County Public Schools. This fall, 14 county schools will engage in the resulting program, Lunch out of Landfills, with the goals of reducing waste of usable food and redirecting food waste to compost. New York New York Hair Salon and Day Spa received the Community Organization of the Year Award in recognition of 30 years of success as a woman-owned business committed to the success of local health, education and community service organizations. Mary Louise Riser opened New York New York in 1987 and has consistently been committed to community involvement, working with more than 50 local nonprofit organizations and educational institutions over the years, donating thousands of dollars of products and services in support of charitable fundraising and activities. Frederick resident Deborah Reynolds was awarded the Community Member of the Year Award for her dedication to building partnerships that support the economic health and well-being of Frederick County in her two terms as president of the Golden Mile Alliance on Frederick’s west side. Reynolds, who has lived, worked and raised her family in the county since 1985 continues to serve as chairman of the Golden Mile Alliance’s promotions committee. Pictured from left are: Samantha Van Rens, WDL secretary; Lara Roholt Westdorp, WDL president; Joe Richardson, Mountainside Education and Enrichment; Mary Louise Riser, New York New York; Deb Reynolds; Sen. Ronald Young; Mari Lee, WDL communications director; and Renee Knapp, WDL treasurer.