2024 Leonard Washington Award Winner!

The United Way of Lebanon County hosted the Leonard Washington Community Service Award reception on Thursday February 15th. The award reception was held at Schaylor Brewing Company on the third floor above the Lebanon Farmers Market. Leonard Washington served on the United Way Board of Directors for 35 years and was the CEO of Lebanon VAMC. United Way created this award to honor Leonard in recognition of his many years of selfless service, where deserving members of the Lebanon County community are nominated for their steadfast service to others and dedication to serving our community. One winner is selected each year, by the Washington Family, whose own service exemplifies the life of service lived by Leonard.

The night started with United Way Board President Dan Ehrgood addressing the crowd of just under 100 people, both friends and family of nominees as well as pacesetters for the United Way. “Today we recognize community members who have given selflessly through their volunteerism, have gone above and beyond making a positive difference and truly change lives.” He continued by saying “These are the role models in our community, and this is a special opportunity to recognize their meaningful contributions to the lives of so many..” There was a total of 9 people nominated for the award Cathy Kline, Bob Wentling, Nathaniel Johnson, Cindy Schlegel, Wenda Dinatale, Laurie Funk, Amanda Davis-Buie, John Gingrich, and Donald Sealer. Eight Nominees were honored as Dan highlighted their acts of service in the community and they were gifted with a framed certificate of nomination from the United Way of Lebanon County. The winner of the 2024 Leonard Washington Community Service Award was Cathy Kline of Greektown Pizza.

The night finished with an Annual Giving Campaign update from campaign chairwoman Julie Smyth saying, “As we stand here, halfway through our campaign year, our goal is clear: $1 million to support the programs that make Lebanon County stronger. As of this moment we’ve already raised $525,000!” The finale of the night was Julie bringing attention to Tina Washington, whose 83rd birthday happened to coincide with the award reception. “Before I conclude, let’s take a moment to celebrate. Today, we have the privilege of honoring a remarkable individual—Tina Washington. Tina, your passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment inspire us all. And get this- It’s also Tina’s birthday!” Everyone serenaded her by singing happy birthday, as the night concluded.