Each year, the Loudoun Laurels’ Founders Committee awards the Loudoun Laurels Medal to the honorees they have selected to become Loudoun Laureates. The medal is worn suspended from a scarlet ribbon, an ancient symbol of courage, passion, strength and self-sacrifice.

Medal Front

The laurel wreath on the front of the medal embraces the program’s motto, Ductus Exemplo, Leadership by Example.

Medal Back

The reverse displays the coat of arms and family motto of John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, after whom our county is named.

Newest Honorees

Punkin Lee

Punkin Lee is the founder of Journeyman Saddler in Middleburg. She has operated the business for 45 years. The Journeyman Saddler have been making and repairing all types of associated equestrian and leather goods, using the finest fittings and saddle and bridle leathers available. The craftsmen there take pride in creating either unique pieces or everyday items.

Ms. Lee is committed to the Loudoun community. She is President of the Middleburg Business & Professional Association and serves on many volunteer committees including the Middleburg Historic District, the Arts Council and Film Festival Committees, and the Upperville Horse Show Committee. She also serves as a member of several volunteer Boards of Directors including the National Sporting Library and Museum, The Hill School Alumni Association and the Middleburg Fall Races Boards. She Chairs the Middleburg Streetscape Committee and the Middleburg Beautification and Preservation Committee. Ms. Lee is a founding member of Christmas in Middleburg, the coordinator of the Middleburg Arbor Day Celebration and volunteers at events at Great Meadow.

Ms. Lee’s service to the Loudoun community reaches far beyond Middleburg. In 2012, Visit Loudoun awarded her the Judy Patterson Award, in recognition of her commitment to tourism has grown substantially as a result of her extraordinary efforts as a volunteer.

Chuck Kuhn

In 2020, The Loudoun Laurels Foundation selected businessman and philanthropist, Chuck Kuhn, as its Laureate. An active business leader for over 38 years, he has worked or lived in Loudoun County since 1994. He is well known for his humanitarian, land preservation and conservation, and community-oriented efforts throughout. Mr. Kuhn will be honored at the Loudoun Laurels 2021 Gala on September 24th at Lansdowne Resort.

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