Comptroller accepting nominations for the 2015 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award

Beth Whitelock, fifth from left, and George Tawes, second from right, from the Lioness-Lions and Lions clubs of Crisfield were last year’s William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award winners for Somerset County. They stand with club members, the County Commissioners, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, center. Nominations for the 2015 award are now being accepted.

Beth Whitelock, fifth from left, and George Tawes, second from right, from the Lioness-Lions and Lions clubs of Crisfield were last year’s William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award winners for Somerset County. They stand with club members, the County Commissioners, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, center. Nominations for the 2015 award are now being accepted.

ANNAPOLISReturning for a fourth year, Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced that his office is accepting nominations for the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. Established in 2012 to honor the unparalleled legacy of public service left by former Governor and Comptroller Schaefer, the award is presented in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to individuals and organizations with an unwavering commitment to helping people.

“There are many fine organizations and citizens throughout Maryland, who just like Governor Schaefer, commit their lives to helping people,” said Comptroller Franchot. “It makes me proud to honor those who go above and beyond to support others and improve our state.”

Last year Beth Whitelock, president of the Crisfield Lioness-Lions, and George Tawes, president of the Crisfield Lions, were the Somerset County recipients of the award.

Award recipients will be selected on their demonstration of: improving the community; promptly responding to a citizen problem through effective government intervention; directly aiding those most vulnerable in society; or establishing a public/private partnership to improve the lives of fellow Marylanders.

Former Deputy Communications Director Christine Feldmann, who worked with Comptroller Schaefer for 10 years, has been named honorary chairperson of the Schaefer awards.

“I’m proud to serve as honorary chairperson for this award program,” Ms. Feldmann said. “I hope to continue Governor Schaefer’s unparalleled legacy of public service by highlighting the critical work of individuals and organizations which truly help people across the state.”

Comptroller Franchot will personally present the award to each winner starting in April. The 2015 nomination forms must be received by March 20, 2015. Call Michelle Byrnie-Parker at 410-260-6346 or email mbyrnie-parker@comp.state.md.us for more information.

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