During its first Evening of Excellence on June 13, Leadership Prince William presented three awards honoring individuals who have made a positive impact in our community and beyond:
- Rex Parr of Didlake received the Leadership Prince William Vision Award, which honors an individual who lives or works in county, Manassas or Manassas Park and whose leadership has made a substantial difference in the region. As chief executive officer since 1977, Parr has helped thousands with significant disabilities live richer, more independent lives, created jobs and helped to build the region’s economy. Parr also has played a leadership role with the Chamber of Commerce, helped to develop community consensus on the design for the Loy Harris Pavilion and facilitated a major donation to create the Didlake Grand Foyer at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. He is a leader in business, a leader in the community and a leader of people.
- Molly Grove of George Mason University received the Kathy Ellington Leadership Award, which honors a Leadership Prince William alumnus who has used their leadership, skills and talents to positively affect the region. Grove was honored for her extensive work in establishing and coordinating Leadership Prince William, for her leadership role during the merger to form the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, and for her ongoing contributions to numerous community and non-profit organizations.
- Dr. Gary Jones of Youth For Tomorrow received the inaugural Chairman’s Engagement Award, which recognizes an individual or organization which has made a tremendous difference during the chairman’s year in office. Leadership Prince William Chairman Jason Hickman presented this year’s award to Jones.
During the past year, Youth For Tomorrow has provided funds to help start a youth leadership initiative, sponsored the organization’s gala, hosted multiple Leadership Prince William programs at its Bristow facility, agreed to be the host site for Leadership Prince William’s two-week summer youth camp, served on its board of regents and more.
For more information about the awards or Leadership Prince William, contact Kathy Bentz at 571-765-7568 or email Kathy@LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org.