Hand-raisers, Game-changers & Moment-makers

BRAVO! is an annual special event hosted by United Way of Frederick County to celebrate volunteers and supporters for their commitment to fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Frederick County. United Way believes philanthropic support of our community is key to making lasting changes.

Each award is selected by volunteers and staff to recognize individuals and companies that embody the belief that, “To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.” 

2021 BRAVO! Award Celebration

BRAVO! on June 10th was a great success! Congratulations to the awardees and thank you to everyone who celebrated with us.

Watch the 2021 BRAVO! event here.


2021 Award Recipients:


Award: “United Way Red Feather”

A special award designed for our biggest champions and longest serving advocates and donors. Decided upon by Executive Leadership of United Way of Frederick County.

2021 United Way Red Feather Recipient: George B. Delaplaine, Jr.


Award: “Outstanding Community Impact Award”

An annual award given to those who reflect true community impact by leveraging the whole community to reach incredible goals. Decided upon by The Community Impact Committee.

2021 United Way Outstanding Community Impact Award Recipient: I Believe in Me, Inc.


Award: “Outstanding Volunteer Award”

This annual award goes to an individual or organization that best exhibits what it means to be a helping hand in the community and going above and beyond for those in need. Decided upon by the volunteer team at United Way of Frederick County.

2021 United Way Outstanding Volunteer Recipient: Barbara Kershner Daniel


Award: “Spirit of Community Award”

An annual award designated to the organization that has shown an increase in dedication to the mission and impact of United Way through overall corporate support.

2021 United Way Spirit of Community Recipient: Truist


Award: “The Unity Award”

The Unity Campaign is a collaborative project between nonprofit partners, sponsors, and the greater Frederick community to support our most vulnerable neighbors.  This annual award celebrates the key partners who make this campaign successful.

2021 Unity Campaign Award Recipient: Troyce Gatewood & Partners


Previous Awardees

United Way Red Feather Award

2021:  George B. Delaplaine, Jr.
2018: Pete Plamondon, Sr.


Spirit of Community

2021:  Truist
2020: Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS)


2018: Wegmans

2017: Frederick Regional Health System

2016: M&T Bank

2015: Bechtel

2014: Wegmans

2013: Comcast

2012: The Plamondon Companies

2011: PNC Bank

2010: CITI Financial

2009: Fairchild Controls


Outstanding Volunteer

2021:  Barbara Kershner Daniel

2020: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteer Program

2019: Wells Fargo

2018: Joy Schaefer

2017: Dan Goldstein

2016: Hermine Bernstein

2015: Welocalize

2014: Marlene Young

2013: Claudia Stephens

2012: Mike Kidder

2011: Tina Lee


Outstanding Community Impact

2021:  I Believe in Me, Inc.

2020: Interfaith Housing Alliance (IHA)

2019: 2-1-1 Operated by Mental Health Association

2018: Frederick County DHCD

2017: Frederick County Health Department

2016: Americorps

2015: Maryland Cash Campaign

2014: Frederick Rescue Mission

2013: Frederick Community Action Agency

2012: Seton Center

2011: Community Foundation of Frederick County


The Unity Award

2021: Troyce Gatewood & Partners

2020: Ausherman Family Foundation

2019: Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.

2018: The Frederick News-Post

2017: The Randall Family


Outstanding Advocate

2020: The Frederick County Human Trafficking Response Team

2019: Housing Authority

2018: The Community Foundation

2017: Joe Gatewood

2016: Rachel’s Challenge

2015: Senator Barbara Mikulski

2014: Stacey Collins

2013: Shari Ostrow-Scher


Small Business Community Partner

2016: Canape’s Catering

2015: Southern Research Institute

2014: Linton Shafer Warfield & Garrett, P.A.

2013: Trout’s Towne Restaurant

2012: OAO Mohn & Allen

2011: Linton Shafer Warfield & Garret, P.A.

2010: Flying Dog Brewery

2009: Inkthis


Nonprofit Leader

2016: Dan Kurtenbach

2014: Patricia Hanberry & Susan Holton

2013: Todd Johnson


Corporate Leader

2016: Giant Eagle

2015: BB&T

2014: Morgan-Keller

2013: SAIC

2011: Costco Wholesale Depot

2010: Rodgers Consulting

2009: Blue Ridge Bank


Ignite/Workplace Debut

2019: Woodsboro Bank

2014: Food PRO

2013: Wegman’s


Collective Impact

2016: Frederick County Public Library

2015: Frederick County Bank

2014: Hood College

2013: Giant Eagle


Million Dollar Circle

2010: Bechtel & Frederick County Public Schools


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