The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF), a charitable organization which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), has announced that Jean and Ric Edelman, Volkswagen of America, the Chantilly Youth Association, and Timber Ridge at Discovery Square are winners of its 2017 Eakin Philanthropy Awards. These annual honors go out to individuals or organizations for their efforts in support of county parks.
Individuals Jean and Ric Edelman are being honored for a contribution of $75,000 to the Park Foundation. The money was used to purchase a telescope for Observatory Park at Turner Farm for educational astronomy programs that inspire interest in science and math.
Volkswagen of American is being honored in the Organization category. From 2009 through 2017, Volkswagen made annual donations to the Park Authority and the Park Foundation to support PACT Summer Camp opportunities for children in homeless shelters and supportive housing. The contributions totaled $58,860.
Two builders/developers will receive awards for their roles in the Sully Highlands Park Partnership for contributions valued at $7,320,000.
The Chantilly Youth Association has participated in the FCPA Adopt-A-Field program and contributed toward maintenance and athletic field improvements at multiple park and school fields for more than 20 years. Its efforts have been valued at $1 million. The association donated design services and construction of a picnic shelter, restroom/concession building shell and concrete slab at a value of $210,000. In addition, it made donations of $120,000 to the Park Foundation in 2013, leveraging a $20,000 Mastenbrook Matching grant for batting cages, fenced pitchers’ warm-up area, picnic tables with concrete pads, and a playground.
Timber Ridge at Discovery Square provided the land and developed a 17-acre state-of-the-art sports complex with a picnic shelter, restroom and concession building. Its contributions are valued at $6 million.
The Eakin Philanthropy Award, established in 2009, is named in honor of the Eakin family, donors of the first parcels of parkland to the Park Authority more than 50 years ago. The award recognizes significant financial or in-kind contributions, projects with broad, long-term benefit to the community, and visionary contributions which create new programs or facilities and provide a new approach to addressing community needs. The award recipients were selected unanimously by the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors.