The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks honored five community volunteers for outstanding community service and volunteerism at a banquet conducted by County Executive Robert Neall and former County Executive O. James Lighthizer at a Gambrills restaurant Tuesday night.
The awards were presented to the five winners by Mrs. Elizabeth Blake, the wife of the late Ron Blake, a leader in the Odenton community and the first president of the Gambrills-Odenton Recreation Council. Mr. Blake passed away in 1984.
Elizabeth Andrews, Gordon Citroni, Edward Filcheck, Charlotte Leventry and Edward Wilson were honored for following in Blake's footsteps, leading the community in volunteering and helping to improve recreational facilities and programs in their respective communities.
Elizabeth Andrews initiated and organized the Midwestern Miniature Horse Show for two consecutive years as a fund-raiser for the Therapeutic Riding Program of Anne Arundel County. She continues her volunteer work despite a serious riding injury that requires the use of a brace and crutches. She has volunteered for numerous tasks, including grooming horses, teaching training classes and providing guidance for disabled children who ride horses for therapy.
The recently deceased Gordon Citroni was a member of the Severn Athletic Club for over 20 years and served as president for the organization. He was cited as the creator of the club's intramural baseball program, and for maintaining and acquiring the use of private fields for play. Citroni also helped get the football program off the ground and made plaques by hand for program participants for 10 years. Mrs. Christine Allison, Citroni's daughter, accepted his award.
A 25-year member of the Maryland City Recreation Council, Edward Filcheck has coached baseball, softball, football and basketball at the county and intramural levels for boys and girls. He has acted as an umpire and stimulated his family to participate in the various recreational programs. His daughter serves as coach and coordinator for the softball and basketball programs.
As the long-standing publicity chairwoman, administrator and activity specialist for Londontown's prize-winning summer camp, Charlotte Leventry was credited with 16 years of contributions to recreational programs. She has been the antique show chairwoman for the past five years, and plans the annual Christmas program for Londontown. Leventry is the co-chair of the Education Committee, which organizes demonstrations and hands-on activities for children visiting the London Town Publik House and Gardens.
Edward Wilson has provided over 20 years of devoted community service, volunteering to teach a free summer basketball clinic.