Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 30th Annual Valor Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 17 from 2:00 p. m. to 5:00 p. m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. Sponsored by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, this prestigious event honors local heroes from police, fire and rescue for their courageous and often lifesaving actions in 2015. This year’s theme is “Honoring Local Superheroes.”
A reception will be catered by Okra’s Cajun Creole in the Didlake Grand Foyer of the Hylton Performing Arts Center followed by the awards ceremony in Merchant Hall. PWL Aaron Gilchrist, Anchor of News4 Today will serve as Master of Ceremonies, reading the stories of our local superheroes in police, fire and rescue. This year, for only the second time, the public is invited to attend and hear tales of the valorous acts of the men and women in uniform representing Virginia State Police, Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the Town of Occoquan.
“The Prince William Chamber takes great pride in recognizing those who perform extraordinary acts of self-sacrifice and bravery in the line of duty. This is the 30th anniversary of our Valor Awards and it is one of the most meaningful events we host each year. As leaders in the business community, we invite the public to join us as we come together to thank and recognize these men and women for all they do. This is an opportunity to honor those who risk so much to protect our lives, our livelihoods and our quality of life,” said Chamber President & CEO Debbie Jones. Close to 400 people are expected to attend, including the Chiefs of all local public safety departments and many local elected officials.
The 2016 version of this proud Prince William Chamber tradition reflects a change in format and venue that better facilitates participation from the public. This year 25 public servants- our “Superheroes”-will be honored.
As the long-time Presenting Sponsor, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center plays a prominent role in the program. “The Valor Awards have always held significance to the Prince William community. The 2016 Valor Award Ceremony holds substantial meaning in light of the recent shooting of Officer Ashley Guindon who was fatally shot on February 28, 2016 in Woodbridge, Virginia, while answering a domestic call. Ashley had been sworn in to the Prince William County Police Department less than 24 hours prior to her untimely murder. Officers Jesse Hempen, an eight-year veteran, and David McKeown, a 10-year veteran, were also wounded. These individuals represent the best in us and demonstrate the passion that those who are called to duty serve others over self,” says Stephen Porter, Corporate Vice President of Sentara Northern Virginia and President of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.
This event is open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged. Tickets are $25 and include reception, ceremony attendance and a commemorative program featuring the inspirational stories of the Valor Awards recipients. To register, go to PWChamber.org/Valor, or call 703.368.6600. Benefactor Sponsorships are available for anyone interested in providing tickets for award recipients and their guests!
The Prince William Chamber’s Quality of Life Vision Partner is Dominion Virginia Power. Additional sponsors include Youth for Tomorrow, Okra’s Cajun Creole, INOVA, Novant UVA Medical Center, Cardinal Bank, NOVEC-Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, Chick-fil-A at Bristow, Prince William Living and the Prince William Times/Gainesville Times.