Awards and Certifications of the Park Foundation
Eakin Philanthropy Awards
The Fairfax County Park Foundation established the Eakin Philanthropy Award to recognize visionary financial and material contributions that significantly enhance Fairfax County parks. In 1951, LeRoy Eakin, Sr. donated 14 acres of land which became Fairfax County's first park. The Park Foundation is proud to recognize individuals and organizations who help to continue the Eakin legacy.
Eakin Philanthropy Awards 2015
These individuals were selected by unanimous vote of the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors in July 2015. The awards celebration will be in the Fall. Watch for details.
- Tom D. Fleury, Vice President and founding member of Cityline Partners, was cited for his career-long dedication to environmental preservation and his commitment to include ample green space in the development of Tysons.
- Ann Smith worked with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Mt. Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland’s office to identify a soccer field improvement to be made in memory of her husband. Lt. Col. Gary F. Smith, a civilian employee of the Army, who was killed when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on 9/11.
- Suzan Syron-Singh, Children’s Physical Therapy Center (CPTC) owner/therapist, committed to support of Chessie’s BIG Backyard playground at Lee District Park in memory of her daughter, Kelley Syron, who worked at the CPTC.
Eakin Philanthropy Awards 2014
Transurban-Fluor has been a tremendous supporter of park programs and capital projects since 2009. Contributions were made for a diverse set of projects including the Summer Entertainment Series, Wakefield Run Stream Restoration, Adapted Aquatics, Chessie’s BIG Backyard, and the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail.
Mike Rolband, president of Wetland Studies and Solutions (WSSI), was recognized for generous and skillful work on the Wetland Restoration Project at Huntley Meadows Park. WSSI contributed nearly 400 hours of pro-bono time, free materials and staff training, conservatively valued at $186,000.
Eakin Philanthropy Awards 2013
ExxonMobil generously supported the Summer Entertainment Series, an outdoor classroom at Huntley Meadows Park, and the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience. Contributions toward these programs surpassed $130,000. The Meaningful Watershed Education Experience provides an opportunity for middle school students from disadvantaged areas of the community to engage in a hands-on educational program about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. It connnects selected seventh grade classes with Hidden Oaks Nature Center and increases student's understanding about the causes and consequences of watershed pollution.
The RZ Foundation has supported RecPAC camp scholarships, the Arts in the Parks performance series, have sponsored a bench at Hogge Park in honor of family members, and provided funding toward open space land acquistion in this community.
Eakin Philanthropy Awards 2012
Daughter Joyce Cockrille and granddaughter Jan Wray (right) accept the 2012 Eakin Philanthropy Award honoring Fred Crabtree posthumously for expanding parkland and board service. Presenters include John Osborn, Harry Glasgow, Bobbi Longworth, Tim Eakin Walsh and Richard Eakin.
Recognizing the support of Arts in the Parks and board service, Steve Thormahlen receives the Eakin Philanthropy Award on behalf of PNC Foundation from Marie Reinsdorf of the Park Authority Board as Harry Glasgow, Tim Eakin Walsh and Richard Eakin look on.
Michael Gailliot (center) of Hilltop Sand & Gravel is presented with the Eakin Philanthropy Award for contributions to Lee District Park including Chessie's BIG Backyard. Also pictured are John Osborn, Tim Eakin Walsh, Richard Eakin and Harold Henderson.
Eakin Philanthropy Awards 2011
The Fairfax County Park Foundation established the Eakin Philanthropy Award to recognize visionary financial and material contributions that significantly enhance Fairfax County parks. In 1951, LeRoy Eakin, Sr. donated 14 acres of land which became Fairfax County's first park.
Craig and Belinda Stevens (left) receive the 2011 Eakin Philanthropy Award for individuals from Tim Eakin and Ayda Walsh with their children Kaylee and Ace.
Mike Leone (right) of Cox Communications accepts the 2011 Eakin Philanthropy Award for an organization with Park Foundation Executive Director Bobbi Longworth, Park Authority Board Director Ed Batten, Foundation Board Director Chip Comstock and Foundation Board Treasurer Steve Thormahlen.
Eakin Philanthropy Awards 2010
Joseph Thelin and Tara Mooney are presented with the Eakin Philanthropy Award for individuals for fundraising Katie’s Playground in loving memory of their infant daughter at Royal Lake Park.
Eakin Philanthropy Award 2009
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