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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Honors Volunteers at the 33rd Annual Governor’s Service Awards

18 Marylanders Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Their Communities 

ANNAPOLIS – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today honored Maryland’s finest volunteers at the 33rd Annual Governor’s Service Awards in Annapolis. Eighteen individuals and organizations who reflect the diversity of Maryland and demonstrate its spirit of service were recognized for their outstanding volunteer contributions to the state and its people. The event was hosted by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism.

The awards ceremony came on the heels of Day to Serve, an annual, month-long community service initiative in which Maryland joined Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia in encouraging state employees – and residents – to get out and volunteer from September 10 to October 10.

“Service to others, whether it’s a simple act of kindness or an all-hands-on-deck effort, unites people of all backgrounds for a common good,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The individuals and organizations honored today embody that special spirit of service I’ve seen in so many Marylanders, and I thank and congratulate them on their tremendous efforts.”

Among the recipients are Mary Bochanis, a 73-year volunteer for the American Red Cross at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, who received the Lifetime Achievement award; Maryland Department of General Services employee Sean Stinnett, a volunteer with several Baltimore youth organizations; BGE, which was deemed a Special Honoree for its 200 years of working with Maryland communities; and the Baltimore Ravens Foundation, honored with the Governor’s Champion of Service Award.

“The 18 individuals and groups we celebrate today truly define selfless service, and an unwavering commitment to a cause that is much greater than themselves,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford, who distributed the awards. “As long as there are people who never hesitate to help a neighbor in need, and who choose to use their time, and their talents, in service to others, I know that we can – and we will – continue to truly change Maryland for the better. On behalf of Governor Hogan, myself, and all the citizens of a grateful state, congratulations to the honorees of this year’s Governor’s Service Awards.”

Recipients of 33rd Annual Governor’s Service Award

Category

Jenna Rose Adams, Amanda Briody, and the Mondawmin Urban Green Space

AmeriCorps Alumni

Montgomery County Community Action Agency – VITA Partnership

Community of Service

Emergent BioSolutions eGIVE Team

Corporate/Business

The American Indian Village Creation Project

Exemplary Service-Learning

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Faith-Based

Rick Blubaugh III

First Responder

Penn-Mar Human Services – Community Learning Services

Group/Team

Beth Ann Buzzio

Individual

Mary Bochanis

Lifetime Achievement

Earvin Michael Gonzalez

National Service

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center at Dimensions Health Care

Nonprofit Volunteer Program

Sean Stinnett State Employee
Rebecca Stone Veteran
Jennifer Zhang Youth
BGE Special Honoree
Day to Serve Special Honoree
Ravens Foundation, Inc. Governor’s Champion of Service

More information about each recipient can be found at gosv.maryland.gov.