County To Honor Exemplary Volunteers at Award Ceremony

Event at Imagination Stage will recognize advocacy, outstanding service


The county’s outstanding volunteers will receive recognition Monday during a ceremony at Imagination Stage in Bethesda.

The Montgomery Serves Awards event will begin at 6:30 p.m., according to an announcement. The 2018 honorees include: Tufail Ahmad, who has raised funds and recruited volunteers through the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation; Brian Frosh, the state’s attorney general; Linda Plummer, leader of the county branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Chih-Hsiang Li, co-founder of the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center; and Sharyn Duffin, who has worked to preserve the history of the county’s black residents.

Jane Callen will be named volunteer of the year for spending 1,300 hours in 2017 working with the American Red Cross, Glen Echo Fire Department and JSSA Hospice. The youth volunteer of the year award winner is Esmirna Gutierrez Campusano, a sophomore at Kennedy High School, who has spent years as a homework volunteer with the Montgomery Housing Partnerships.

Comfort Cases, a group that gives children entering the foster care system backpacks full of essential items, is the volunteer group of the year, while Apex Home Loans is the corporate volunteer of the year for the company’s work on welfare and health issues.

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation and Fund for Montgomery are sponsoring the award event.

Tickets to the ceremony are sold out, but those interested in attending can add their names to the waitlist by emailing

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at

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