On April 11th, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith presented the 22nd Annual Best of Reston Awards recognizing businesses, organizations, and individuals for putting forth tremendous effort in their commitment to community service and improving the lives of others.

The awards were presented by Reston Interfaith’s Visionary, Strategic, and Community Builder Partners who themselves have made a difference with investments in Reston Interfaith’s work. The awards presented included:

Vade Bolton-Ann Rodriguez Young Leaders — Entrusting Our Community’s Future Award

Amanda Misiko Andere was awarded for her service-above-self mentality. Amanda’s many and varied accomplishments, volunteer service and philosophy as a younger leader are what make her a stand out for this award. She recognizes the importance of engaging her peers to take on leadership roles and is a force for inspiring the next generation of leaders to get involved.

Ann Rodriquez and Vade Bolton played a special role in the growth and development of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith. They also shared a special passion and gift for mentoring and inspiring young people and future leaders. While they are no longer with us, their memory lives on in this special award. At the event, Janet Bolton, Vade’s wife and Paco Rodriguez, Ann’s son, shared touching remarks about the special people behind this award.

Individual Community Members

Doug Bushée was recognized for his long-term commitment to making Reston a better place. His individual acts of service and his philosophy of collaboration inspire individuals to recognize and utilize their own gifts for the collective good.

Ed Robichaud’s diverse volunteerism and selfless, unassuming presence embody the spirit of this award. Whether behind the scenes or at the Board table, Ed’s presence matters, and he is the go-to person in our community. Ed is called the Energizer Volunteer because his volunteerism keeps going and going and going.

Civic/Community Organizations

Friends of the Reston Regional Library: Over 250 Friends dedicate their time to coordinating massive book sale fundraisers and other volunteer efforts. The Friends advocacy, time, and financial contributions of $100,000 per year are critical to keeping our local library a world-class library

YMCA Fairfax County – Reston The Y stands out as an organization that creatively partners with our schools, nonprofits and other community groups to promote wellness and offer enriching programs that serve body, mind and spirit. The Y’s unique approach of working beyond its physical walls, opens the doors to our entire community and strengthens us all.

Small Business Leader

Mayflowers A Floral Studio at Reston Town Center The owner’s compassion, drive and vision for supporting the community is shared by her dedicated employees. The event centerpieces were a beautiful example of the many donations and in-house fundraisers they conduct each year. Mayflowers gives big and beautiful to enrich our community.

Corporate Business Leader

John Marshall Bank Among the bank’s founding principles is the commitment for employees to provide time, talent and financial resources in the markets they serve. When John Marshall Bank relocated its headquarters to Reston in 2012, it found great alignment with Reston’s philosophy of corporate engagement. The Bank’s motto – “Actually, we’re all about you” is evident in how they are enriching our community in so many ways.

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