Comptroller Franchot Congratulates 2015 William Donald Schaefer Award Winners

–  24 Awards Given to Deserving Groups and Individuals Throughout Maryland –

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (July 27, 2015) –  Comptroller Franchot traveled to every corner of the state to present the 2015 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to  Maryland citizens and organizations dedicated to serving their communities. A diverse group of recipients in all 23 counties and Baltimore City were recognized during the past four months for continuing Governor Schaefer’s legacy of public service.

“All the award recipients share an extraordinary commitment to helping people and making a difference in their communities,” said Comptroller Franchot. “I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who are improving their communities through education and art programs, assisting the homeless, providing services to seniors and people with disabilities, and supporting their fellow Marylanders who have fallen on hard times. They are truly carrying on Governor Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to helping others.”

The Comptroller created the award in 2012 to honor individuals and organizations in all 24 Maryland jurisdictions who best exemplify Governor and Comptroller Schaefer’s unparalleled legacy of public service. Winners are recognized for improving the community, swiftly solving a problem through effective government intervention, directly aiding the most vulnerable in society or creating a public-private partnership to improve the lives of Marylanders.

The Comptroller presented the awards to each recipient during a special ceremony held in their communities.

2015 WINNERS OF THE WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER

HELPING PEOPLE AWARD

Tom Shaffer – Allegany CountyTabitha’s House – Harford County
Jerome “Jerry” W. Klasmeier – Anne Arundel CountyThe Little Things For Cancer – Howard County
Health Care for the Homeless – Baltimore CityLani Seikaly – Kent County
Charles “Choo” Smith Jr. – Baltimore CountyTammy Darvish – Montgomery County
Guffrie M. Smith Jr. – Calvert CountyMelwood – Prince George’s County
Frank M. Adams –  Caroline CountyDan Tabler – Queen Anne’s County
The Kahlert Foundation – Carroll CountyCedar Lane Senior Living Community –                      St Mary’s County
Elkton Police Department – Cecil CountySomerset County Long Term Recovery Committee – Somerset County
Western Charles County Community Association – Charles CountyAlex Handy – Talbot County
Victoria L. Jackson-Stanley – Dorchester CountyLoretta Mulcahey – Washington County
Ed and MaryLynn Hinde – Frederick CountyDr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach – Wicomico County
Phil Malone – Garrett CountyMike and Helen Wiley – Worcester County