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Nominations Open for 2023 Loudoun Laurels Honoree
January 5, 2023
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2023 laureate.
The foundation’s mission is to honor exceptional community service for the benefit of Loudoun County residents and to develop future civic leaders through scholarships and mentorships. Each year the organization honors community leaders with the Loudoun Laureate award. Nominations for this year’s Loudoun Laureates will close April 1. Read More
From Selfish to Service: Cisco co-founder Sandy Lerner tells parents how to displace kids’ cell phones
Stewardship is defined as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. As The Loudoun Laurels Foundation interprets this trust, it involves honoring people who are role models for others and whose lives contribute to the quality of life in Loudoun County. Read More
Loudoun Laurels set to honor Cisco co-founder Sandy Lerner at Friday’s gala
September 28, 2022
Every year since 2008, the Loudoun Laurels Foundation recognizes the contributions of Loudoun County citizens by naming them Laureates at an annual gala at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg.
For this year’s event on Sept. 30, Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems and owner of Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, has been selected as the honoree. Lerner sat down with the Times-Mirror earlier this week to talk about her work in Loudoun County and what it means to be recognized for her service. Read More
Congratulations to Our 2022 Graduates
July 8, 2022
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation congratulates our graduating scholars: Sulma Hernandez, Ashley Cardenas-Alviar, and Jayla Grooms.
Loudoun Laurels Remembers The Late Paul G. Ziluca
June 13, 2022
The Loudoun Laurel’s Foundation is deeply saddened to share the passing of 2009 Loudoun Laureate Paul Ziluca on May 12th. He will be remembered fondly for his many contributions to Loudoun and our community and will be deeply missed by his colleagues at the Loudoun Laurels Foundation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Paul’s obituary is available at: ompsfuneralhome.com/obituary/paul-g-ziluca/. To learn more about Paul’s life and legacy, watch youtu.be/0Emv3–E_lg.
Loudoun Laurels Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients
June 9, 2022
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has awarded $40,000 scholarships to two Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) students this year. The awardees are Jasmeet Kaur, a Tuscarora High School senior who will attend George Mason University, where she plans to major in accounting, and Carlos Morales, a Potomac Falls High School senior who will attend George Mason University to pursue a course of study in biomedical engineering. Read More
Lerner Selected as 2022 Loudoun Laurels Honoree
June 3, 2022
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has selected Sandy Lerner as its 2022 laureate.
She was chosen from among nearly two dozen nominations submitted by the public.
The foundation is committed to honoring exceptional community service for the benefit of Loudoun County citizens and developing future civic leaders through scholarships and mentorships. Each year, the foundation honors Loudoun County citizens whose commitment to the Loudoun community through leadership, community service, and philanthropy have helped make Loudoun County a great place in which to live and work. Read More
Sandy Lerner Is Named 2022 Loudoun Laureate
June 1, 2022
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has chosen Sandy Lerner as its 2022 Loudoun Laureate, seeing in her the personification of qualities it seeks in all candidates for this honor: selflessness, integrity, creativity, wisdom, and courage. This year’s selection was drawn from an exceptional pool of worthy candidates, notable for its quality and quantity. Read More
Schaufeld Family Foundation Makes $50,000 Grant to Loudoun Laurels Foundation Endowment
March 2, 2022
The Schaufeld Family Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Loudoun Laurels Foundation for its Loudoun Laurels Stewardship Trust endowment. “My family and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the mission of the Loudoun Laurels—to provide educational scholarships to our promising youth,” said Karen Schaufeld in announcing the award. Read More
Loudoun Laurels Foundation Awards Two $40,000 Scholarships to LCPS Students
July 23, 2021
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2021 Loudoun Laurels Stewardship Trust scholarships, Carla Martinez Borja, and Wendy Ramirez. Ms. Martinez is a graduate of Heritage High School who will study nursing at George Mason University. Ms. Ramirez is a graduate of Park View High School who will major in social work at George Mason University. Ms. Martinez and Ms. Ramirez were participants in the Loudoun County Public School’s (LCPS) College Achievement Minority Program for Unique Students (CAMPUS) during their years in high school. Read More
Loudoun Laurels Foundation Announces 2021 Laureate
July 16, 2021
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has selected its 2021 Laureate. The honoree is Dorothy “Punkin” Lee who founded Journeymen Saddlers in Middleburg and has operated the business for 45 years. The high standards of Loudoun Laurels: selflessness; integrity; creativity; wisdom and courage, are personified in Punkin. Everything she does is for the love of her community, trying to help make things the best they can be. Read More
Loudoun Laurels Foundation Planning for 2021 Gala
April 1, 2021
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation is moving forward with its plans for a 2021 Gala to be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Lansdowne Resort. The honoree at this year’s event is businessman and philanthropist Chuck Kuhn. An active business leader for almost 40 years, he and his family continue to support humanitarian, land preservation and conservation, and community-oriented causes throughout Loudoun County. Read More
Loudoun Laurels Foundation Announces 2020 Laureate
June 29, 2020
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has selected its 2020 Laureate. The honoree is businessman and philanthropist Chuck Kuhn. 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.
Loudoun Laurels Foundation Cancels Annual Gala for 2020
2021 Gala Scheduled for September 24, 2021
April 2, 2020
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has cancelled its annual gala this year. Pat Daly, the Foundation’s president said, “With the welfare of our guests, many of whom are at high-risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus, in mind, the board has decided to cancel the gala. Our gala was to be held at Lansdowne Resort and Spa on Friday, September 25, 2020. Looking forward to next year, we have scheduled the gala for Friday, September 24, 2021, at Lansdowne.” Read More
Loudoun Laurels Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2020 Loudoun Laureates
February 21, 2020
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation is seeking nominations from the greater Loudoun Community for its 2020 Laureates. This year’s Laureates will be honored at the Foundation’s annual Gala to be held on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Lansdowne Resort. Read More
Claude Moore Foundation Grants $250,000 to Loudoun Laurels Foundation Endowment
July 18, 2019
The trustees of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation have awarded a grant in the amount of $250,000 to the Loudoun Laurels Foundation for its Loudoun Laurels Stewardship Trust endowment. The Claude Moore Foundation’s grant is a matching grant to the $250,000 grant made by the May Family Foundation earlier this year. Read More
Loudoun Laurels Foundation Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients
June 3, 2019
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has awarded Loudoun Laurels Stewardship Trust scholarships to three Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) students this year. Two of the scholarship recipients participated in the national Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program and one recipient participated in LCPS’ College Achievement Minority Program for Unique Students (CAMPUS) before graduating this month. Read More