Red Cross honors a dozen ‘heroes’ in Frederick County

Photo by Bill Ryan - Guest speaker Brian Boyle of Charles County talks with Frederick residents Michael Baisey and Catherine Beheler during the Hometown Heroes Awards Dinner hosted by the Frederick County chapter of the American Red Cross on Friday at the Ceresville Mansion.

Inaugural awards night highlights contributions of everyday people

by Margarita Raycheva, Frederick Gazette

When they save lives, look after the sick and the dying, help the needy and give back to the community, the hometown heroes of Frederick County do not seek recognition.

And that is why the Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross honored some of those local people at their inaugural Hometown Heroes award dinner at the Ceresville Mansion.

The event, which gathered dozens of community leaders, honorees and their families, recognized 12 local men and women – business leaders and volunteers, law enforcement officers and caretakers – who have gone above and beyond to contribute to the community.

Honorees received plaques, pins and medals and were awarded in 10 categories: Good Samaritan, Community Impact, Corporate Citizen, Life Achievement, Volunteerism, First Responder, Public Safety, Nursing, Arts and Culture and Military.

They also received special praise from the regional American Red Cross Spokesperson of the Year for 2009 / 2010 and guest speaker, Brian Boyle, at the event who is recognized as a hero in his own right. As a representative for the Red Cross, Boyle expressed his sincere appreciation for the work that these men and women do.

Boyle stated, “On a daily basis you are creating reasons to smile by not only saving individuals but saving families, you are making living conditions better within your community, and establishing relationships with people who not only need you, but depend on you through blood services, military services and through disaster relief.”

The event was the first of its kind in Frederick County and proceeds from it will benefit the Red Cross.


Character Counts MidShore: Laws of Life Awards Ceremony

Brian Boyle with Susan Luby, Director of Character Counts MidShore

Over 1,100 students, both middle and high school, submitted essays to the annual Laws of Life Essay Contest hosted by Character Counts MidShore.  Twenty schools participated throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and there was a winner at each school; twenty students and teachers were recognized.  

Character Counts is based on the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.  The students wrote essays about how they use character in their daily lives, regarding the right choice resulting in a positive outcome and also how the wrong choice can became a learning lesson. 

After my presentation, I had the opportunity to listen to several of the students read their essays to the audience, which I found to be a very moving experience. To observe these young adults present such powerful and personal stories was very inspiring and I really enjoyed getting to visit with them after the ceremony.


About Character Counts MidShore:

Character Counts MidShore is a citizen-based movement on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, working to infuse strong character development ideals into the everyday lives of our communities.  We provide community leadership for the development of character education to schools, churches, businesses, athletic leagues and other community groups and strive to create an increased awareness about the importance of good character and basic values in our society.

2011 Timex Multisport Team

Team photo outside the New Meadowlands Stadium

Since its launch in 2001, the Timex Multisport Team has achieved iconic status in triathlon. It has grown steadily over the years, birthing many successful athletes and establishing itself as one of the most revered on the endurance scene.

Now in its 10th year, the Timex Multisport Team is a diverse and successful team, composed of male and female athletes—both professional and amateur—ranging in age from 20 to 55-years old, and hailing from the U.S.A., Australia, India, Ukraine, Mexico, Czech Republic, Estonia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

As an endurance athlete preparing for my fourth season of competition, I am very honored to be given the opportunity to join forces with such an incredible group of athletes.