Family Matters Announces Washington Hebrew Congregation & ABC7 Anchor Leon Harris as 2016 Recipients of Theban & Stoddard Awards, Presented at Annual Awards Gala

Reflecting Back; Looking Forward: Celebrating 50 Years of Camp Moss Hollow

 Washington, DCFamily Matters of Greater Washington, one of the nation’s oldest, nationally-accredited social services organizations, announced today the recipients of its John Theban Award for Meritorious Service to Family Matters and its Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award.  The awards were presented at its 2016 Annual Awards Gala which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Family Matters’ iconic Camp Moss Hollow for at-risk youth.

The Washington Hebrew Congregation is the 2016 recipient of The John Theban Award for Meritorious Service to Family Matters, given annually in honor of former Family Matters Executive Director John Theban to recognize organizations and individuals who share Family Matters’ commitment to helping low-income residents achieve a higher quality of life. The Washington Hebrew Congregation brings together a vibrant and diverse community that is driven to help those in need. With a 160 year old legacy and congregation of 3,000 families, The Washington Hebrew Congregation has been a strong supporter of Family Matters’ Camp Moss Hollow program, making it possible for more than 375 kids to attend Camp over the past 14 years, thanks to their financial and in-kind support.

ABC7 Anchor Leon Harris is the 2016 winner of The Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award, presented annually in honor of former Board of Trustees member Mary Alice Stoddard to an individual who has provided exemplary leadership and service that improves individual, family and community life. An award-winning journalist and anchor for ABC7/WJLA-TV, Leon Harris is honored for his passionate commitment to improving the lives of children. Through his weekly “Harris Heroes” segment, he raises awareness of efforts by adults and youth to support at-risk kids in the greater Washington region. He serves as a member of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s Board of Directors, is a board alumnus of For the Love of Children and also works with other charitable groups including Unique Learning Center and the March of Dimes.

“We would like to thank the Washington Hebrew Congregation and Leon Harris for their support of Camp Moss Hollow and their commitment to the greater Washington, D.C. community,” noted Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President and CEO of Family Matters. “Their passion and dedication to improving the lives of area youth inspire us all to do more, every day.”

Family Matters of Greater Washington also greatly appreciates the outpouring of support for our 2016 Annual Awards Gala.  We proudly recognize our Gold sponsor PNC Bank; our Silver sponsors, Chevy Chase Trust and Steven and Ilene Rosenthal; and our Cocktail Reception sponsor Optimity Advisors, Quest Insurance, EBCA, and Philadelphia Insurance Companies. For a complete listing of sponsors please visit our website at www.familymattersdc.org.

Proceeds from the event will support all of Family Matters programs and initiatives, including Family Matters’ annual Send a Kid to Camp campaign.  This year, Camp Moss Hollow celebrates 50 years of offering a summer camp experience and home away from home to vulnerable and at-risk D.C. children.  Camp Moss Hollow is a year-round camp that has positively impacted the lives of more than 30,000 local kids and given them the opportunity to get in touch with nature. It offers a positive youth development experience designed to enhance educational achievement, expand horizons and increase self-worth and self-esteem for at-risk youth.

For more details, contact Cynthia A. Davis, Chief Development Officer, on 202-289-1510 ext. 188 or email cdavis@familymattersdc.org.

About Family Matters of Greater Washington (www.familymattersdc.org)
Family Matters of Greater Washington is a non-government, nonprofit organization accredited by the Council on Accreditation Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camping Association.  Formerly known as Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C., Inc., Family Matters was founded in 1882 and has been an integral part of the Washington, D.C. community for 130 years. One of the oldest, nationally accredited social services organizations in the nation, Family Matters provides comprehensive, accessible, low-fee services to thousands of residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Family Matters of Greater Washington is a member of the Child Welfare League of America and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

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