County Residents to be Honored for Dedicated Service at Inaugural Montgomery Serves Awards April 30

The Inaugural Montgomery Serves Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Fund for Montgomery (FFM), the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) and the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC), will be held on April 30 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

FFM was created by County Executive Ike Leggett and the Office of Community Partnerships to raise private funding to continue important community building events such as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Celebration, World of Montgomery Festival, Community Service Day and programs focusing on the County’s ethnic and heritage diversity.

The Fund for Montgomery is housed at The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, a regional affiliate of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

Among the awards to be presented at the event and the residents receiving the awards are:

Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award

County Executive Ike Leggett established the Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award to honor the legacy of leadership of the former and late School Board Member and NAACP Branch President. The County’s equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the award will be presented each year by the County Executive to honor an individual or individuals who, over the course of their distinguished lives of community service, have made extraordinary contributions to the quality of the community at the very highest levels of excellence.

The first award will be presented by Leggett to Nix posthumously for his half-century of service to Montgomery County. Two other recipients of the Nix Award – Charles Lyons and Connie Morella – also will be honored.

Read more about the recipients.

Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award

Established in 1998 to honor volunteers aged 60 and older, the award was renamed in 2009 in memory of former County Councilmember, County Executive and longtime civic activist Neal Potter.The award is presented in partnership with Montgomery County’s Commission on Aging and The Beacon newspaper. 

In recognition of their long-standing commitment to their community and to volunteer service, Tufail Ahmad and Ruby Rubens have been selected to receive the 2012 Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards.

Tufail Ahmad has been a community leader in Montgomery County for 40 years. He has earned the respect, trust and confidence of the community through his consistent efforts to bridge the gap between Muslim Americans and the larger community. Recognizing the need for Muslim Americans to play a vital role in redefining their identity after 9/11, Ahmad initiated a dialogue between diverse groups to design grassroots initiatives and consequently, co-founded Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC). The organization pursues equal social, economic, educational and political development opportunities for all County residents. He also spearheaded other community-wide efforts to help those in need.

Ruby Rubens comes from a family with a long tradition of helping others, especially the young, the elderly and those less fortunate. For more than four decades, she has been making a difference for Montgomery County residents by devoting countless volunteer hours to a wide range of commitments. These include providing budgeting assistance to low-income families in Sandy Spring; working with the Montgomery County New Horizons Task Force to develop fair housing policies; advocating for residents of assisted housing projects before the Housing Opportunities Commission; and advocating on behalf of residents of Tobytown, Scotland and other historic African-American communities.

Read more about the honorees’ achievements.

For information about the Montgomery Serves awards event and to reserve free seats, visit or call the Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600.

County’s Biotech Investment Tax Credit Program Pays Off

The success of the County’s local biotech investment tax credit program was celebrated recently by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and other local and state elected officials, local biotech company executives and representatives from the  Department of Economic Development.

Ten local biotech companies received nearly $6 million from local investors. Modeled after and working in collaboration with Maryland’s Biotech Investment Tax Credit Program, the County’s program allows investors receiving state tax credits to also receive a supplemental payment from the County based on their investments in local biotech companies.

“Less than two years after the County Council approved the legislation and just a year after funding the program at $500,000 for FY 12 and FY13,” Leggett said, “we have a diverse group of biotech companies that are already putting these new investments to work to fight disease and improve the health of our nation. The fact that these companies can also leverage these investments to spur additional investments makes this a true model of success.”

The 10 companies receiving investments are:  ♦ 20/20 GeneSystems, Rockville ♦ Alper Biotech, Rockville ♦ Beta Cat Pharmaceuticals, Gaithersburg ♦ Clarassance, Rockville  ♦ Creative MicroTech , Potomac ♦ Neoginix Oncology, Rockville ♦ Otraces, Rockville   ♦ Rafagen, Rockville ♦ Sequella, Rockville and ♦ Synergy America, Gaithersburg.

See coverage by News Channel 8.

Read The Gazette’s coverage.


POSTED AT: Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 2:00:00 AM |
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