Volunteer Alexandria Announces 2014 Business Philanthropy Summit Awards

 
Over 230 business, City and nonprofit leaders attended the 16th Annual Business Philanthropy Summit and listened to business pioneer, Good360 Board Chair and former Hewlett-Packard Company CEO, Carly Fiorina. Fiorina spoke about personal challenges she overcame in her career, leadership and potential, as well as community involvement. Rebecca Cooper, ABC7/WJLA-TV served as the emcee and also had some great questions for Carly.
 
The Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year Award is given to an individual for their extraordinary commitment to volunteerism, board service and support of nonprofit organizations in the Alexandria community.  This year’s award is presented to Joe Viar, current Board Chair of the Inova Alexandria Hospital Foundation. 
 
The Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award is given to a nonprofit executive who has shown extraordinary leadership for his or her organization, as well as has made a broader impact on the Alexandria community and the region.   This year’s award is presented to J. Glenn Hopkins, President/CEO, Hopkins House. 

The Business Philanthropist of the Year Award is given to an Alexandria business leader in recognition of extraordinary commitment to volunteerism and financial support to the Alexandria community. This year award is presented to Mike Anderson, owner of Holy Cow, Pork Barrel BBQ, Sushi Bar and Mango Mike’s. 
 
The Veteran of the Year Award is presented to a military veteran who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in volunteerism, philanthropy, patriotism and public awareness of veterans’ needs in Alexandria. This year’s award is presented to Brendan O’Toole, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Founder, The Run for Veterans.
 
The Business Philanthropy Legacy Award is presented only when the Awards Committee deems that a family should be recognized for their leadership in business philanthropy.  Since Alexandria’s founding in 1749, the city has benefited from the participation of its family businesses in its economic and community growth. This award is bestowed on the families and their businesses that continue to make a difference in Alexandria through their legacy of dedication to local nonprofit organizations. This year’s award is presented to the T.J. Fannon Family
 


Award Winner Bios
 
Joe Viar
If you or someone you know has been cared for at Inova Alexandria hospital in the past 25 years you were probably treated in a part of the hospital that Joseph F. Viar, Jr. helped make possible by raising money to support it.  
 
In Emergency Medicine Joe led fund raising efforts to renovate and expand Emergency Care Services in 1984 and 1995. He co-chaired campaigns to build the Cancer Center in 1989 and to acquire advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment in 1999. In Women and Children's Services Joe led campaigns to renovate the Pediatrics unit in 1992, expand the Perinatal Diagnostic Center in 2004, and renovate and equip the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2008.  And in the most ambitious and the largest fund raising campaign to date, Project 2010, Joe and the Foundation Board raised $25 million toward construction costs for an expanded Emergency Department, a new Pathology Laboratory, creation of a new Patient Care Unit, the addition of new critical care laboratories in an expanded Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology department.
 
In December 2012, Inova Alexandria Hospital celebrated the dedication of the Joseph Viar, Jr. and Bonnie Christ Cancer Center, in recognition of Joe’s $1.25 million legacy donation to the hospital’s Cancer Center.
 
In 1990 Joe Viar created the 1872 Society to recognize and honor donors to the hospital. For more than 25 years Joe has been the primary community spokesman for Inova Alexandria Hospital.  He has made the hospital a highly visible and valued charitable cause for philanthropic leaders in the Alexandria community.
 
Over the past 25 years Joe has been directly responsible for raising $40 million for the hospital -- for the care of all in the Alexandria community.
 
However, the hospital is only one of many charitable causes Joe supports.  Other non-profits he actively supports includes The Campagna Center, the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, the Alexandria Office on Women Domestic Violence Program, and the Alexandria Seaport Foundation.  Joe generously hosts many charitable events at his home to promote these and other causes.  Outside of Alexandria, Joe has served on the board of trustees at his alma mater, Hampden-Sydney College for 25 years, and has been a long-time major sponsor of the Redbone Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
 
In 2011, Joe Viar was named a “Living Legend of Alexandria” for his many contributions to the Alexandria community.
 
Joe founded Viar and Company in 1969 and grew it into one of the largest companies in Alexandria with over 400 employees.  In 1983-85 Viar and Company was named to INC. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America.  The company was purchased by DynCorp in 1991, and Joe retired in 1993.  Since his retirement he has devoted his time and talent to making the Alexandria community a better place for all to live.  The litany of awards and recognition of the hospital over the years, for example, is directly related to the high quality facilities that Joe and the Foundation trustees have helped the hospital acquire.  
 

 
J. Glenn Hopkins
J. Glenn Hopkins is a well-known figure in the Alexandria community, having served since 1991 as President/CEO of Hopkins House.  Glenn’s experience in the education and human services field encompasses over twenty-five years.  Prior to joining Hopkins House, he served as a director at Columbia University responsible for pre-college and youth education programs.  While in New York, Glenn served on numerous boards of community organizations, including the New York Urban League, the East Harlem Tutorial Program, the National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations, and as president of the Association for Excellence and Equality in Education.  Glenn holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University.  

Upon arriving in Virginia, Glenn continued his history of community involvement in addition to his position with Hopkins House.  He has served a variety of organizations in various capacities from the Alexandria-Arlington SmartBeginnings Initiative to the Alexandria Early Childhood Commission and the Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission.  Currently, he is the chair of the Alexandria City Public Schools Study Advisory Committee and a member of the Alexandria Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission.  He has also been very involved as both a member and in a leadership role with the Alexandria Council of Human Service Organizations.

Glenn is a respected nonprofit leader whose experience and knowledge, coupled with his understanding of the needs of the community have served him and Hopkins House well over the past two decades.  During his time at Hopkins House, program services to children, youth, and families in the community have grown.  In addition, Glenn orchestrated the expansion of program offerings through the opening of a second center in the Gum Springs area of Fairfax County.  An additional center in Fairfax is slated to open later this year.

Hopkins House is celebrating its 75th year of continuous operation since its founding in 1939.  J. Glenn Hopkins has proven to be an important and moving force for the organization and for those who receive the many services Hopkins House has to offer.
 


Mike Anderson by Jeanne Theismann
It’s a fairly common name, with more than 40 Mike Anderson’s listed as living in Alexandria. But there is only one “Mango Mike,” a man whose zest for life has helped shape the community for decades.

“From the minute his feet hit the floor, Mike is excited about going to work every day,” said Donna Anderson, his wife of 25 years. “He loves being part of this community and the city of Alexandria is his passion.”
 
Born in Detroit, Anderson moved to Alexandria in 1972 armed with a degree in Management from Eastern Michigan University. He opened his first restaurant – Shooter McGee’s – in 1979 and never looked back.

“Mike’s enthusiasm for life is infectious. He loves the business, loves the community and loves giving back,” said Bill Blackburn, Anderson’s partner in several recent ventures.
 
Anderson’s philanthropic contributions to the community are many, dating back to the 1980s when his Shooter McGee’s Alexandria Autumn 10K raised more than $50,000 for Special Olympics. Additional charity funds were raised with Eastport Raw Bar’s tuxedo-themed 10K as well as funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Anderson’s personal participation in various triathlons and Chesapeake Bay swims.
 
Today, in an innovative partnership with ACT for Alexandria, Anderson gives back to more than 75 local nonprofits by donating 25 cents for every burger sold at Holy Cow, Del Ray’s Gourmet Burger Joint.
 
“Mike was the inspiration behind the 25 cent per burger donation to local charities,” said ACT Executive Director John Porter of the initiative that has donated more than 70,000 quarters to various charities in less than one year.  “Because of him, thousands of dollars have been raised to help nonprofits provide vital services to those in need.” 
 
Recognition for Anderson’s leadership in the food service industry includes a 1997 RAMMY (Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington) Award for Mango Mike’s as Best New Restaurant, the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Holy Cow, and the Restaurateur of the Year Award from the Virginia Tourism Bureau.
 
Anderson was named the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year in 1999 and served as the organization’s Chairman of the Board in 2011. Additionally, he was a founding board member of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association and past chair of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center. 
 
Currently, he serves on the board of First Night Alexandria as well as the Chamber of Commerce, where he co-chairs the Business Philanthropy Summit. He also serves on the city’s Food Truck Advisory Committee.
 
“Mike is someone who truly cares about making the community better on both the business and nonprofit fronts,” Porter said. “I’ve never known him to say ‘no’ to a charity asking him for food to support an event or activity.”
 
A father of three daughters – Danielle, 24, Chelsea, 22, and Dakota, 19 – Anderson is equally generous with his time, serving for many years as volunteer coach of the Mighty Mangos co-ed youth soccer team.

“Mike gives back to the community in ways people never see,” Blackburn said. “He goes out of his way to hire students from T.C. Williams to teach kids in their first jobs. And he gives people jobs that other employers would not, giving many second, third and fourth chances in life.”
 
Known for his visionary leadership skills and philanthropic spirit, Anderson is quick to praise those he calls the “sled dogs” of the community.
 
“The heroic efforts of the volunteers and staff of Alexandria’s many nonprofits are what make this city so special,” Anderson said. “It’s a worn out phrase ‘giving back to the community. It’s almost a cliché. For me, this is more like paying it forward.”

   
Brendan O’Toole
Brendan O'Toole grew up in Alexandria and dreamed about what would it be like to run across the U.S. Years later, on September 11th, Brendan vowed to join the military and follow in the footsteps of his father and his grandfather, both military veterans. 
 
Brendan was encouraged to join the Marine Corps by a boyhood friend who was already serving in the military. On the eve of his deployment, that same friend was returning home as a much different person. Experiencing severe depression and PTSD from his experiences overseas, his friend tragically overdosed on prescription medicine.
 
This painful loss of a friend inspired Brendan to take ACTion. He created The Run for Veterans, a nonprofit connecting his boyhood dream with his new passion. And he set out on a 3,600 mile odyssey to raise awareness about the struggles veterans face.   
 
As a supporter of Brendan, Bud Hart, another Alexandrian, made a grant from the Hart Family Fund through ACT in support of The Run for Veterans.  Bud, who himself was named after a bronze-star awarded, disabled WWII veteran, was energized by the way Brendan and his nonprofit brought attention to veteran's issues and raised critical funding in such a creative way. 
 

 
T.J. Fannon Family
Native Alexandrian Thomas J. (T.J.) Fannon and his family have a long history of success in the in the city and a long tradition of giving back to the community. 

T.J. Fannon grew up in the Port City. He went to St. John’s High School in Washington before attending the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. After serving in the United States Air Force, T.J. was employed for the duration of his career at Thomas J. Fannon and Sons, Inc., a heating and air conditioning business founded by his grandfather in 1885 and is the third-oldest family-owned company in Virginia. In addition to serving as the firm's third generation president, T.J. was dedicated to many local charities and organizations, serving on the board of Alexandria Hospital and as a past president of the Alexandria Rotary Club.

T.J. became involved with Inova Alexandria Hospital because he believed it helped make Alexandria the special place that it is. “The hospital really is the center of the community and helps make us thrive and grow,” said T.J. “I’m glad to support such a quality care center that takes care of all our needs and doesn’t turn anyone away.”

“He never turned down a customer,” Frank Fannon said. “If people couldn’t pay their oil bill or their [air-conditioning] bill, he wasn’t going to let them go without heat or [air-conditioning]. He would say, ‘Just pay me back when you can.’”

Outside of his business, T.J. Fannon was known for his charitable endeavors. A 50-year member of the Alexandria Rotary Club, he was a longtime sponsor of the Alexandria Boys and Girls Club and local hospitals. He  had also given major support to Inova Alexandria Hospital, the Alexandria Symphony, the foster care organization Alexandria’s Child, Senior Services of Alexandria, Bishop Ireton High School, St. Mary’s Academy, Alexandria youth baseball (continuous team sponsorship since inception, plus other support) and the Rotary Club of Alexandria. 

Frank Fannon said his uncle had a profound impact on his life. “He was really the role model that I followed growing up, along with my father,” he said. “[What] was taught to him through the generations was that you take care of your family, your community and your customers.”

A private man, Mr. Fannon was reticent about receiving recognition and engaged in many of his philanthropic acts without great fanfare. The Fannon family business, which has served Alexandrians for over 120 years, reflects his principles of honesty and fair dealing.