Homeaid Northern Virginia Announces Recipients of Presidents’ Awards

Chantilly, Va
Terri Stagi, Vice President, Jack Morris Advertising, Inc., and 84 Lumber are two of the recipients of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s prestigious annual Presidents’ Circle Awards.

The awards recognize and honor those among us and in the community who have worked tirelessly to further HomeAid Northern Virginia’s mission of ending homelessness. The awards will be presented at the 8th Annual HomeAid Northern Virginia Jeans and Jewels Gala & Auction presented by M&T Bank at the Hyatt Regency Reston, November 14, 2009.

Terri Stagi is receiving the Presidents’ Award, which is presented to an individual, a company or an organization who has shown exceptional dedication to the goal of ending homelessness with service to HomeAid Northern Virginia.

“Personally, I am very honored and excited to present the award to Terri at this year’s Gala,” said Rick Cole, HomeAid Northern Virginia President and Chief Financial Officer, The Long Companies. “Terri has spent countless hours working on public relations and marketing efforts for HomeAid since the early days of our organization and she has been the leader in the formation and success of the Women Giving Back (WGB) program.”

“I was caught completely off guard when I received Rick’s phone call,” said Stagi. “One of the things I’ve always liked about HomeAid volunteers is that we don’t expect recognition and thanks.”

Stagi’s involvement with HomeAid Northern Virginia began in 2003 when she was invited to join the Board of Directors by Steve Alloy, President of Stanley Martin Homes and past President of HomeAid Northern Virginia. “No one says no to Steve,” said Stagi, remembering his invitation to join the Board. “I am so glad he asked me to get involved. My participation with HomeAid and Women Giving Back is very rewarding. It is personally satisfying to help people move on with their lives.”

Stagi recalled one of the early shoppers at the WGB Store. “She was just moving into transitional housing and she had very little when she came to shop at the store. A few months later she returned to the store to donate clothes. She told me that the clothes from WGB had helped her to get on her feet and she wanted to give back so others could take advantage of the program.”

84 Lumber is receiving the Trade Partner of the Year Award, which is presented to a vendor, trade partner or industry partner who has gone above and beyond in their service to HomeAid Northern Virginia.

“The HomeAid Board of Directors is proud to recognize 84 Lumber as the Trade Partner of the Year for their generous contribution to HomeAid projects,” said Cole. “They truly embody the spirit of partnership and their commitment to the HomeAid Northern Virginia mission has made a difference in the lives of families in transition in our community.”

“84 Lumber has a long history of being involved with worthy organizations in the communities where we do business,” said Mark S. Cyrus, Outside Sales Representative for 84 Lumber.  “It’s a commitment that started when the company was founded by Joe Hardy back in 1956 and continues today.”

“Over the past several years, despite the downturn in our industry, 84 Lumber and the Hardy Family have continued to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in cash and products to organizations such as HomeAid in order to help them pursue their mission of helping others. We are especially proud to be involved with HomeAid and look forward to seeing the positive results of all of our efforts,” said Cyrus.

Two of the Builder Captains that worked with 84 Lumber on HomeAid Northern Virginia shelter projects last year shared some insights into why the company deserves the recognition for their efforts.

“84 Lumber has made an investment in the communities they do business in and saw their involvement with the ACTS project as a way to help the citizens of Prince William County,” said John Monacci, Sr. Vice President for Winchester Homes, the HomeAid Builder Captain for the construction of a 7,500-square-foot Family Services Center operated by ACTS (Action in Community Through Service).

“The project was a large one and took a big commitment. 84 Lumber realized the impact they could make and were an instrumental part in the success of the shelter project.”

“84 Lumber’s assistance with the Good Shepherd Alliance Shelter Project was outstanding,” said William Gilligan, Toll Brothers Regional President. HomeAid Builder Captain Toll Brothers renovated facilities that are used to house Good Shepherd Alliance’s (GSA) administrative staff, the family service staff, the community outreach center, volunteers and “Hope’s Treasures” thrift store in Ashburn.

“Ray Daly, our point of contact at 84 Lumber for the project, made sure that orders were given top priority. The materials required for the project were delivered accurately and on-time, even when circumstances required same day delivery. In my opinion, 84 Lumber was one of the leading contractors on the project,” said Gilligan.

A third award, the Non-Profit Care Provider Project of the Year, will be publicly announced and presented at the Gala.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, was founded in 2001. Since then, builders and supporters have donated $8 million in labor, materials, management and other resources to either rebuild or rehabilitate homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities in Northern Virginia.