The recipients of the annual FOLAR COMMUNITY RIVER IMPACT AWARDS were honored last month by the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR). The awards spotlight the important and complex realms of conservation, recreation, transportation, and public health by recognizing visionaries and advocates across a broad range of backgrounds who influence how, why, and what FOLAR’s work impacts in our communities.
“Our organization is pleased to recognize this year’s honorees in eight categories,” said Ken Newman, chairman of FOLAR. “The 2019 Community River Impact Award recipients are leaders in their areas of work and selfless volunteers in our community who have given their time and financial support to the cause of conserving and protecting the Appomattox River for all to enjoy. Their passion and vision are helping to make our river healthier, more accessible, and more sustainable.”
The highlight of the program was the presentation of The FOLAR Chairman’s Award to Dennis (Denny) Morris, longtime Executive Director of the Crater Planning District Commission (CPCD) who has announced his retirement. In his presentation of the award to Denny, Ken referenced, a statement by Victor Liu, who was the CPDC Director of Planning for many years and helped direct the formation of FOLAR, “From the very beginning of planning water quality protection for the Crater Region. Denny has this vision of setting up a linear open space along the Appomattox River for Conservation and protection of this precious resource.”
The FOLAR Community River Impact Awards were presented on November 1st at the FOLAR Beach Party with a Purpose which took place at Hopewell City Park, the trailhead to the new Hopewell Riverwalk Phase I. Guests and attendees enjoyed the beautiful park with a sandy beach and a stunning sunset river view. The Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff helped make the event a great success. The members of FOLAR are thankful to all who attended, supported, donated, and sponsored the event including Clark’s Auto Care Center, The Boathouse, Trapezium Brewing Co., Barksdale Oils, Weichert, and Mark & Claire Haley.
2019 Friends of the Lower Appomattox River Community River Impact Award recipients:
CHAIRMAN’S AWARD, Dennis Morris, Crater Planning District Commission; BUSINESS AND INDUSTRYAWARD, Robert C. Walker and Nicholas Walker, Roslyn Farm Corporation; COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD, Dinwiddie County, Planning and Community Development; FRIEND OF FOLAR Award, Jimmy Dailey, Kimberly and Kenneth Samuels; FRIEND OF THE RIVER and TRAIL, Paul and Craig Reynolds; GOVERNMENT AGENCY AWARD, Prince George County; TRAIL BLAZER, City of Hopewell – Riverwalk and Riverside Park Trail; VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR, Tara Ciavarella, Virginia State University student.
The recipients of the 2019 MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS Appreciation Certificates were:
American Water Charitable Foundation; The Cameron Foundation – Dominion Charitable Foundation; John Randolph Foundation; and The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
The recipients of the 2019 CORPORATE-CIVIC-GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTORS Appreciation Certificates were: Appomattox River Soil & Water Conservation District; John Randolph Medical Center; Petersburg Foundation; Prince George County; Roslyn Farms Corporation; Rotary Club of Petersburg; Sedona Taphouse; Vistra Energy; Vulcan Materials; and Westrock
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