Bravo! Awards

Save the date for this year's BRAVO! Awards

June 25, 2024


On Tuesday, June 25th, United Way of Frederick County will recognize several members of our community for their exceptional role in serving our ALICE neighbors with a special evening at The Delaplaine Arts Center.

BRAVO! is an annual special event hosted by United Way of Frederick County to celebrate volunteers, advocates, and supporters for their commitment to our mission of mobilizing the caring power of our whole community to improve lives.


We're honored to recognize the 2024 BRAVO! Awardees!

ALICE Community Leadership Award

This inaugural award is given to an individual who exemplifies leadership in their advocacy and service as they lift up their ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) peers.

Awardee: Shinea Weedon


Outstanding Volunteer Award

This annual award is given to an individual or organization that best exhibits what it means to be a helping hand in the community and going above and beyond for those in need.

Awardee: Phoenix Mecano


Spirit of Community Award

This annual award celebrates organizations that encourage employee involvement in philanthropy through workplace giving to make a positive, lasting impact on the community.

Awardee: Plamondon Companies


Digital Inclusion Advocacy Award

This special award highlights the collaborative efforts of community partners to address a critical need in our community, increasing technology access for ALICE households.

Awardees: Frederick County Government, The City of Frederick, and DALY Computers

Hand-raisers, Game-changers & Moment-makers

BRAVO! is an annual special event hosted by United Way of Frederick County to celebrate volunteers and supporters for their commitment to fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Frederick County. United Way believes philanthropic support of our community is key to making lasting changes.

Each award is selected by volunteers and staff to recognize individuals and companies that embody the belief that, “To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.” 

Previous Awardees


2022: Fred & Kim Genau


United Way Red Feather Award

2021:  George B. Delaplaine, Jr.
2018: Pete Plamondon, Sr.


Spirit of Community

2022: ACNB Bank (Formerly FCB Bank)

2021:  Truist
2020: Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS)


2018: Wegmans

2017: Frederick Regional Health System

2016: M&T Bank

2015: Bechtel

2014: Wegmans

2013: Comcast

2012: The Plamondon Companies

2011: PNC Bank

2010: CITI Financial

2009: Fairchild Controls


Outstanding Volunteer

2023: Nymeo Federal Credit Union

2022: AstraZeneca

2021:  Barbara Kershner Daniel

2020: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteer Program

2019: Wells Fargo

2018: Joy Schaefer

2017: Dan Goldstein

2016: Hermine Bernstein

2015: Welocalize

2014: Marlene Young

2013: Claudia Stephens

2012: Mike Kidder

2011: Tina Lee


Outstanding Community Impact

2023: Hood College Data Driven Frederick

2022: Second Chances Garage

2021:  I Believe in Me, Inc.

2020: Interfaith Housing Alliance (IHA)

2019: 2-1-1 Operated by Mental Health Association

2018: Frederick County DHCD

2017: Frederick County Health Department

2016: Americorps

2015: CASH Campaign for Maryland

2014: Frederick Rescue Mission

2013: Frederick Community Action Agency

2012: Seton Center

2011: Community Foundation of Frederick County


The Unity Award

2023: Mark & Judy Lancaster

2022: Natelli Communities

2021: Troyce Gatewood & Partners

2020: Ausherman Family Foundation

2019: Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.

2018: The Frederick News-Post

2017: The Randall Family


Outstanding Advocate

2023: TransIT Services of Frederick County

2020: The Frederick County Human Trafficking Response Team

2019: Housing Authority

2018: The Community Foundation

2017: Joe Gatewood

2016: Rachel’s Challenge

2015: Senator Barbara Mikulski

2014: Stacey Collins

2013: Shari Ostrow-Scher


Small Business Community Partner

2016: Canape’s Catering

2015: Southern Research Institute

2014: Linton Shafer Warfield & Garrett, P.A.

2013: Trout’s Towne Restaurant

2012: OAO Mohn & Allen

2011: Linton Shafer Warfield & Garret, P.A.

2010: Flying Dog Brewery

2009: Inkthis


Nonprofit Leader

2016: Dan Kurtenbach

2014: Patricia Hanberry & Susan Holton

2013: Todd Johnson


Corporate Leader

2016: Giant Eagle

2015: BB&T

2014: Morgan-Keller

2013: SAIC

2011: Costco Wholesale Depot

2010: Rodgers Consulting

2009: Blue Ridge Bank


Ignite/Workplace Debut

2019: Woodsboro Bank

2014: Food PRO

2013: Wegman’s


Collective Impact

2016: Frederick County Public Library

2015: Frederick County Bank

2014: Hood College

2013: Giant Eagle


Million Dollar Circle

2010: Bechtel & Frederick County Public Schools