The Del Ray Business Association presented its annual Del Ray Star Awards on Dec. 19, to recognize key individuals that have gone above and beyond in their volunteer roles to help the Del Ray Business Association and Del Ray community.
"2016 has been a bittersweet year, its nice to end it on a positive note by recognizing a few tremendous people here in Del Ray," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn.
The Del Ray Business Association presented its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Tommy Knoernschild. "There are some that have spent their lifetimes helping others and helping the community and Tommy Knoernschild is one of those unique people," said Del Ray Business Association Member Gayle Reuter. "Born and raised in Del Ray, you won't find someone more giving and helpful & always with a smile."
The Business Awards were given to Sue Kolvalsky of McEnearney Associates, who has volunteered in the neighborhood for the past seven years and serves as co-chair of the Events Committee; and Mary Wadland of The Zebra,for her tremendous efforts in promoting Del Ray and the neighborhood's small, independently-run businesses.
The Citizen Award was presented to Lindsay Nelson, who chairs the fundraising and sponsorship committee for the Alexandria Turkey Trot. The event is the Del Ray Business Association's primary fundraiser, which funds many of the neighborhood's special events. "Lindsay is the first volunteer to show up to help at events and last one to leave," said Reuter.
Photo by Mary Wadland