Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published January 28, 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Comptroller Franchot Delivers Last 2013 WDS Award to Somerset County Organization, Wraps up Statewide Tour

Comptroller Franchot Delivers Last WDS Award


to Somerset County Organization


-24 Awards Given to Deserving Groups and Individuals Throughout Maryland-


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (January 28, 2014) – Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the last of the 2013 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Awards today in Somerset County.  The Comptroller finished his eight-month tour presenting the last award to Crisfield Lions/Lioness Clubs in Somerset County for their efforts to aid the Crisfield community after the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy in late 2012. The Franciscan Center in Baltimore received the first award on May 14.

The Comptroller created the award in 2012 to recognize individuals and organizations in each county and Baltimore City best exemplifying Schaefer's lifelong commitment to helping people. Due to community support, the program continues.

Winners are selected based on their demonstration of improving the community, swiftly solving a citizen problem through effective government intervention, directly aiding the most vulnerable in society or creating a public/private partnership to improve the lives of Marylanders.

 “Through the creation of this award, I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and learn about all the fantastic organizations that call Maryland home,” said the Comptroller. “This year I was especially touched by the diversity of groups and individuals who were chosen to receive the honor. The groups may differ in their focus, but they all have one thing in common, the selflessness and dedication in giving back to their communities. They truly embody Governor Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to helping others through their actions.”

The recipients of the second annual Schaefer award include an educational foundation, breast cancer charity, foster parents who cared for more than 200 children and a hospice house. 





Charles & Joyce Smith – Allegany County

Harford Family House - Harford County

Seeds 4 Success – Anne Arundel County

Committee to End Homelessness - HowardCounty

Franciscan Center – Baltimore City

Chestertown Mayor Margo Bailey - KentCounty

Consumer Credit Counseling Service ofMaryland & Delaware  – Baltimore County

Trio Galilee - Montgomery County

Bernie Fowler Jr., Farming 4 Hunger -Calvert County

Erwin Mack - Prince George’s County

Sister Jeannette Murray - Caroline County

Susan Ponchock, Founder Bosom Buddies Charities, Inc. - Queen Anne’s County

Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. – Carroll County

Hospice House of St. Mary’s – St Mary’s County

Christmas in April*Cecil County, Inc. - CecilCounty

Crisfield Lions/Lioness Clubs - SomersetCounty

Future Next Corporation – Charles County

Rabbi Peter Hyman – Talbot County

Chuck Kelly, Craig’s Drug Store - Dorchester County

Franklin P. Erck III – Washington County


Jason Mecler, Founder, JoAnn Garrett Classic - Frederick County

Art Cooley, Lower Shore Parkinson’s Support Group - Wicomico County

Duane Yoder, Garrett County Community Action Committee – Garrett County

Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines – Worcester County