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Philanthropy Hall of Fame

A philanthropist, in our mind, is one who believes that the best way to lead is by serving others. Philanthropists champion the causes that resonate in their hearts and cannot help but openly share their passion with those around them. Their enthusiasm for community service is contagious.

In 2006, the Foundation held its inaugural Philanthropy Day Luncheon to cultivate giving in our community and to recognize those who have given back. We are honored each year to induct individuals, families and organizations into our Philanthropy Hall of Fame for those of whom:

  • Share a conviction that generosity allows good and important work to be done;
  • The vision of knowing that even a single person can make a difference for many;
  • And the belief that giving of time, talent and treasure is the lifeblood of humanity.

2008 Inductees 2009 Inductees 2010 Inductees
  • American Red Cross, Southern Maryland Chapter view bio
  • Charles County Children’s Aid Society view bio
  • Mary Ellen and F. George Heinze III view bio
  • Vincent and Evelyn Hungerford view bio
2011 Inductees
2012 Inductees
  • Margaret Elizabeth and Dr. James Patrick Jarboe view bio
  • Roberta Kieliger view bio
  • John Dennis “Denny” Murray view bio
2013 Inductees 2014 Inductees 2015 Inductees
  • Senator James C. and Mrs. Barbara Wright Simpson and Family (James, Gary and Carol)
  • Robert H. and Patricia A. Bowes and Family (Robert, Mark, Anne, Thomas, Jennifer, J. Matthew and David)
  • Senator C.B. Bernie and Betty L. Fowler and Family (Mona Lisa, Laura, Betty Bernice (BB) and Bernie, Jr.)
2016 Inductees
  • ERIMAX, Inc & Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Acceleretor, Eric Franklin  view bio
  • Island Music Company, Keith Grasso view bio
  •  Great Mills Trading Post, Joseph "Bubby" Knott view bio


2008 Inductees
  • American Community Properties Trust (ACPT)/ Edwin Kelly
    ACPT, Ed Kelly

    Under the leadership of Ed Kelly, ACPT was one of the most respected and admired companies in Charles County. They not only commited money to charitable causes, they volunteered and served as leaders with distinction.




  • Barbara "Bobbie" and Carl Baldus (✞)
    Barbara and Carl Baldus

    For their lifetime of giving for the greater good of their children, their friends, their church, their work and their community. For those who know them, know they stay true to this motto: Treat others the way you would like to be treated and you will never fail.”




  • P.D. Brown (✞)
    P.D. Brown

    For his lifetime of service in Charles County. His work established electricity to farmers in Charles County; he was the force in bringing public libraries to Charles County; he was a founding member of the Charles County Fair Board; and it was through his leadership to develop a building committee to construct the first hospital in Charles County.




  • Chaney Family/Chaney Enterprises/Chaney Foundation

    For the last 40 years the Chaney Family has been dedicated to serving the people of Charles County and the entire Southern Maryland community. From delivering cement to awarding scholarships, the Chaneys’ best interest lies in the heart of the Southern Maryland community. Upon the death of his father, Francis H. Chaney II started to fundraise to benefit the American Cancer Society and has raised over $700,000.

    Chaney Family
  • Community Bank of Tri-County, today known as Community Bank of the Chesapeake
    Community Bank of Tri-County

    For over 50 years the Middletons' have not only provided banking services to this community with a smile, but have strengthened it through their contributions of money, time and extraordinary effort.





  • Facchina Group of Companies, LLC/ Paul Facchina, Sr.
    Paul Facchina, Sr.

    For their substantial contributions to Charles County especially in the aftermath of the 2002 tornado; it was their commitment and dedication to Charles County, that businesses were saved and temporary offices were placed in trailers throughout the La Plata.




  • Greater Waldorf Jaycees
    Greater Waldorf Jaycees

    For their great commitment to Charles County. They have been recognized multiple times as the #1 Jaycees in the United States. “World Famous”




  • Verna Posey (✞)
    Verna Posey

    For her lifetime of service to the College of Southern Maryland and the many other organizations she and her husband Tom contributed to.




  • Captain Billy Robertson (✞)
    Captain Billy Richardson

    For his contributions and his southern hospitality, Cap’t Billy was one of a kind. His legacy is still lives on in his crab house, Cap’t Billy’s on the Potomac. He gave generously and led others to do the same. In 1999 after being diagnosed with Cancer, he held a two day golf tournament with over 400 golfers and raised over $150,000 for the American Cancer Society.



2009 Inductees
  • Francis P. Chiaramonte, M.D. (✞)
    Dr. Chiaramonte

    In 1977 Dr. Chiaramonte founded Southern Maryland Hospital Center, a 350-bed full service hospital and 24-bed subacute unit, both of which have achieved full, three-year accreditation, the highest awarded, from the Joint Commission’s nationally recognized healthcare standards. Dr. Chiaramonte has opened numerous health clinics in Charles County and the surrounding areas; he is an advocate for preservation, conservation and restoration; and would give his 2000 plus employees frozen turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinner. The Francis P. Chiaramonte, M.D. Center for Science and Technology is a newly renovated building named after Dr. Chiaramonte for his substantial contribution to the College of Southern Maryland.


  • Irene Davis (✞)
    Irene Davis

    Affectionately known as “Miss Irene”, was a great supporter of Melwood; a member of Zonta of Charles County, a professional women’s group working together to support women and children in Charles County; served on the Board of Directors at County First Bank, Charles County Chamber of Commerce and was voted Working Woman of the Year by the Charles County Chamber. Her “final act of giving, after decades of service to Charles County, was to bequeath a substantial gift to Civista Health Foundation, named The Mack and Irene Davis Rehabilitation Center located within Civista Medical Center to “enhance and advance health care in Charles County”.


2010 Inductees
  • American Red Cross, Southern Maryland Chapter
    American Red Cross, Southern Maryland Chapter

    The American Red Cross Southern Maryland Chapter has been in existence for 92 years. When disaster threatens or strikes, the Southern Maryland Chapter American Red Cross volunteers are there. From first aid, CPR and AED training to swimming and lifeguarding, American Red Cross programs help people lead safer and healthier lives. The American Red Cross provides emergency communication between those in the Armed Forces and their families. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, visit or call 888-276-2767.

  • Charles County Children’s Aid Society
    Charles County Children's Aid Society

    Charles County Children’s Aid Society has been providing needy families with children assistance since 1936. Currently CAS is caring for over 10,000 families with children every year. Children’s Aid Society helps needy families with monetary assistance, rent/mortgage payments, fuel for their home, food to feed the family, prescriptions, emergency shelter when hey are evicted, even burial service to put their loved ones to rest. This list goes on and on. Children’s Aid Society is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit human service agency. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, visit or call 301-645-1561.


  • F. George Heinze III (✞) and Mary Ellen Heinze
    Mary Ellen and F. George Heinze III

    Before Mr. Heinze’s death, he served on a variety of Boards including the local Charles County Chamber and Economic Development, and was instrumental in reestablishing the historic Carmelite Monastery in Port Tobacco, MD. After his death, Mrs. Heinze led and organized the F. George Heinze III Golf Classic, Dinner & Auction to benefit the American Red Cross, Southern Maryland Chapter and for the last ten years, the event raised nearly a half million dollars.


  • Vincent Hungerford and Evelyn Hungerford
    Vincent and Evelyn Hungerford

    As husband and wife they are a team indeed. The two lead by example being the first to make a contribution before asking others to do the same. Vince and Evie are tireless workers and supporters in time, talent and treasure, especially for the Arts in Southern Maryland. They provide leadership for the Charles County Chamber, Western Charles County Business Association, the Black Box Theater in Indian Head, Ann Marie Gardens, CSM and many more. Giving is not just something that the Hungerford’s do on occasion; it is a way of life. Most important is the establishment of the Tony Hungerford Memorial Endowment for Arts in memory of their son Tony.


2011 Inductees
  • Mary Hancock

    Mary Hancock

    Mary Hancock has given an extraordinary amount of time and talent to numerous organizations throughout the county. She serves as the Coordinator and founder of Charles County Project Linus, where they have made and donate almost 20,000 blankets to area organizations; Volunteer Coordinator for the Meals on Wheels Program in Nanjemoy Area; Publicity Chairperson and Historian for the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 82 in La Plata; and, performs a number of volunteer jobs for St. Ignatius Church in Hilltop. Mary tirelessly gives of herself to all and serves as a true example of a person who has dedicated her life to helping others in the community.


  • Lillian Richardson
    Lillian Richardson

    Lillian Richardson has been involved with children and children’s issues her entire life. What started out as being president of her children’s PTA and an active member of their Band Boosters Club has morphed into a concern for other people’s children and a focus on senior citizens and their needs. Lillian has taken an active role in the NAACP; the African American Heritage Society; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; County Senior Citizens Program; and, Metropolitan United Methodist Church. Her enthusiasm, “quiet charm,” and willingness to give to others have positively impacted numerous citizens in Charles County and make her a deserving recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.


2012 Inductees
  • Dr. James Patrick Jarboe (✞) and Margaret Elizabeth Jarboe
    Margaret Elizabeth Jarboe and the late Dr. James Patrick Jarboe, St. Mary's County

    Despite their very busy lives as parents of five children, Margaret and Dr. James Jarboe managed to volunteer their time and talents to the St. Mary’s community and beyond. Dr. Jarboe was among the group of founders of the St. Mary’s Home of the Elderly now known as Cedar Lane Senior Living Community located in Leonardtown. In addition, Dr. Jarboe along with Dr. William Marek, and Mrs. Ella Mae Russell founded Health Share of St. Mary’s, a place where underinsured and uninsured could receive medical care.

    Margaret Jarboe, known by her children as Mother Extraordinaire, has been a lifelong volunteer at the Church of Ascension in Lexington Park, Maryland. In addition, she has volunteered for a number of years at Historic St. Mary’s City, Birthright of Southern Maryland, and Three Oaks Center. For twenty years, both Margaret and Dr. Jarboe were a part of a team that went on many missionary trips to Central America to provide support, medical and dental care to the underserved people in Guatemala and Honduras.

    In June 2011 just before Dr. Jarboe’s death, a medical building was dedicated to him for his exemplary work.

  • Roberta Kieliger
    Roberta Kieliger

    Roberta Kieliger is a seventeen year breast cancer survivor who was approached in 2007 to create a support group for seniors who would meet during the day. Although Roberta’s initial answer was “no”, in the end she agreed. The support group made up of breast cancer survivors grew to include not just “seniors”, but women of all ages is now called “Sisters At Heart”. Sisters At Heart has become the go-to resource for men and women who have been either diagnosed with breast cancer or know someone who has. Since inception, the all volunteer member organization, Sisters At Heart is requested to participate in approximately thirty events throughout the year. Annually, they organize a free Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon for the general public, where they also honor breast cancer survivors. If your Charles County sports team is accessorized in pink there is a good chance it was provided by the Sisters At Heart. She is committed to teaching everyone the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

  • John Dennis “Denny” Murray (✞)
    John Dennis 'Denny' Murray

    The late John Dennis “Denny” Murray was a home builder and real estate developer in Calvert County for over 30 years. Originally from Greenbelt, Maryland, he started Bay Mills Construction Company in 1973 and developed many communities and built many homes for the citizens of Calvert County, making it what it is today. Denny served on the Board at Calvert Bank; was a member of the Board at Calvert Memorial Hospital; served on the Maryland Health Care Commission; was a member and President of the Democratic Central Committee of Calvert County; was a member of Leadership Maryland; Founding Director of the Anne Marie Gardens Sculpture Garden; Co-Founder of the Annual Cancer Crusade Gala in Chesapeake Beach; brought the Christmas in April program to Calvert County and donated to many civic and local organizations.

2013 Inductees
  • Nancy Gasparovic
    Nancy Gasparovic

    It’s almost impossible to name a charity or cause in the greater Southern Maryland area that Nancy Gasparovic has not devoted time, talents and resources to advance since she moved to the area in 1975. She was a charter member of the Western Charles American Cancer Society; was named MD Volunteer of the Year for ACS in 1985; she served on the PMH Foundation Board and helped initiate the Mardi Gras Ball, was a Queen candidate. In addition, she was a founding member and continues to serve on the board of the Maples Senior Housing in La Plata; a trustee for La Plata United Methodist Church. Her home “Idyllic” has been the site of fundraisers for several decades benefitting various causes and hosted. The American Red Cross held its annual Heinze Golf Tournament Dinner there for over 12 years, raising over $750,000.00. Nancy also served on the board of ARC for over 10 years. As a patron of the arts, Nancy has supported Port Tobacco Players, Black Box Theater, Arts Alliance, Mattawoman Creek Art Center and others. Nancy is Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Potomac Watershed Study Center being built by the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

  • Wilson H. Parran
    Wilson H. Parran

    Wison H. Parran, resides in Calvert County and is the Deputy Secretary of Administration and Operations for the Maryland Department of Transportation. Wilson has devoted much of his life to serving others. His many leadership awards are testament to his civic and community dedication and good character. He has an extensive list of Board and Committees he has served on for the betterment of Calvert County, Southern Maryland and Maryland communities. He served eight years as a Calvert County Commissioner from 2002 – 2010 and as its President from 2006 to 2010. He has served on the Calvert County Board of Education, the President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), the Maryland State Board of Education for 5 years where he also served as its President in 1989-1990. He served on the College of Southern Maryland Board of Trustees; is a graduate of the University of Maryland - Academy for Excellence in Local Government as well as the County Leadership Institute at New York University Roger F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Leadership Maryland Class of 1999 and Lead- ership Southern Maryland Class of 2009. He is the only person in the State of Maryland who has served as President of the Maryland Association of Board of Education (MABE), where he received the Charles E. Willis Leadership Award (2007), the President of the Maryland State Board of Education (MSBE) and President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), where he received the Marilyn Praisner Public Service Award in 2010.

  • Henry Thomas “Tom” Waring
    Thomas Waring

    Tom Waring moved to St. Mary’s County at age 10 and attended the Peabody School of Music where he studied the Clarinet. He joined the Navy and served in World War II as a musician, traveling all over the Pacific Theatre. Although Waring was an astute business man, he was also socially conscious. He witnessed firsthand how suppressed African Americans were during World War II. Moved by his own experiences, in the 50’s, almost fifteen years prior to the signing of The Fair Housing Act, Waring was compelled to go against the norm and provide equal opportunity housing regardless of race. He purchased ABC Trailer Park, a segregated mobile home park, desegregated it and renamed it Lord Calvert Trailer Park. Waring’s humanitarian efforts continued with a scholarship established at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for African American students, a scholarship for aspiring teachers to spend a semester abroad in Gambia, and a scholarship for African American children to attend the College of South- ern Maryland’s Kids College. Waring received a Doctorate of Humanities from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as a Trustee of the institution for fifteen years. H.Thomas Waring Commons a student dormitory at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, erected in 2007 was named after Tom Waring. In addition to providing scholarships, Tom was among a group from St. Mary’s County led by Ed Cox that established Three Oaks Center, a transitional and emergency shelter for homeless men.

2014 Inductees
  • Southern Maryland Women’s League

    Southern Maryland Women’s League, Inc. is a group of dedicated professional women and community leaders whose mission is to help others succeed, whatever their goals are in life. In eight years, the Southern Maryland Women’s League, have provided over $150,000 to area nonprofits with a focus on Angel’s Watch, a shelter for women and children fleeing from domestic violence or homelessness in southern Maryland. Through their generous financial contributions and grants to area nonprofits, they have advanced the lives of thousands.

  • Margaret Dunkle
    Margaret Dunkle

    Margaret Dunkle, an inductee and our keynote speaker is a longtime leader and trailblazer for equal opportunity for women and girls. Ms. Dunkle was a member of a team that authored, “What Constitutes Equality for Women In Sports? Federal Law Puts Women In The Running,“ that brought attention to the disparities between the amount of attention and money spent on men’s sports, in universities and colleges, versus what was spent on women’s sports. In addition, she founded the nonprofit, Equality Center, where she pursued legislative work with Congress on issues concerning women and girls and started the Interagency Committee on Teen Pregnancy, among other things.


  • Mary Louise Booth Webb
    Mary Louise Booth Web

    The model of philanthropy, Ms. Webb truly has devoted her life to promote the welfare of others. After retiring as a nurse from D.C.’s General Hospital; she became involved in many nonprofits. Ms. Webb has displaced herself to help displaced mothers and their families, some were family, but most complete strangers. In addition, she is the ‘motivator’ and Vice President of the African American Heritage Society, is a member of the Maryland Antique Arts Association, Past President of the Catholic Daughters at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; a member of the Garden Club and active in a variety of other initiatives.

  • Stephen D. and Shirley Mattingly
    Stephen and Shirley Mattingly

    Stephen D. and Shirley Mattingly generous donors in the community and advocates for individuals with disabilities. Shirley and Steve established, Stephen's Fund to support children with disabilities, in memory of their son, Stephen, born with Down Syndrome who passed away just before his 10th birthday from leukemia.





2016 Inductees
  • ERIMAX, Inc & Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Acceleretor, Eric Franklin
    Eric Franklin, CEO of ERIMAX, Inc.ERIMAX, Inc Eric Franklin is the CEO of ERIMAX, Inc., an information technology and acquisition management company he founded 15 years ago, that provides services to more than 20 Federal agencies in nine states across the nation. ERIMAX has earned numerous accolades, including the 2016 Washington Business Journal Fastest Growing Companies and the Inc 5000 fastest growing companies in America.

    He is a past recipient of the prestigious Leading Edge "CEO of the Year" award. Franklin has a long history of advocating for small, women-owned, and minority businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration named him its Maryland Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. He served his community as Chair of the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board. He currently serves on the Boards of Calvert Memorial Hospital and Leadership Maryland. In the past, he has served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland, the Calvert Minority Business Alliance (Chair), The Bay Business Group and the Calvert Economic Development Commission.

    He established the Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator (EFEA) with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to strengthen the skills of business owners in order to build an ecosystem of strong entrepreneurism in the region. EFEA also has a youth component called "Guppy Tank" which leverages the experience of local business owners to mentor local high school students through business "pitch" competitions. He is also an avid angel investor and member of the Baltimore Angels investment group. Additionally, Eric is a sought-after national public speaker on issues relating to leadership and entrepreneurism and is author of, “Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids."

    For Mr. Franklin's passion for small businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship are the reasons, among other things, we are proud to induct ERIMAX, Inc. into our Philanthropy Hall of Fame.
  • Island Music, Keith Grasso 
    Keith Grasso, Island Music CompanyKeith has been playing guitar for 25 years and has been in the music business for over 18 years. In 2007 he and his wife, Nicki, opened Island Music Company in Solomons Island, Maryland. Since then, the business has continued to grow in size and is now located in the heart of La Plata, Maryland with thousands of items for the beginner up to the professional musician. Keith and Island Music Company’s notoriety has exponentially grown since being featured numerous times in the Music Retailer, Music Trades, Music Inc., Southern Maryland Newspaper, and named one of NAMM’s top 100 dealers in 2013 and 2014. The store’s online presence is huge. Island Music can be found on EBay, Shopatron,, Reverb,, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

    Island Music CompanyThe store puts on many events throughout the year including a Holiday String Giveaway, charity events, free clinics, recitals, open mic night, Rock Band Camp, piano camp, and La Plata Summer Concert Series. Tons of big names have come out to the store such as George Lynch, Billy Sheehan, Robert Godin, Paul Reed Smith, Michael Angelo Batio, Rusty Cooley, Victor Wooten and many more. Island Music has over 225 lesson students a week and repair technicians for fretted Instruments, amp and electronics, and band and orchestra. “Keith’s progressive ideas and forward vision have changed LaPlata and Charles County, for the better”, stated the submitted nomination. “He has found the time to be a dedicated member of countless organizations and gives back through time and treasure to the Charles County Public Schools, the Town of LaPlata, the local food banks, and countless of other nonprofits.” Mr. Grasso continuously shares his gift of music and the appreciation of it to all.

    We are honored to induct Island Music Company into our Philanthropy Hall of Fame.
  • Great Mills Trading Post, Joseph "Bubby" Knott 
    Joseph Bubby Knott, Great Mills Trading PostGreat Mills Trading PostJoseph D. Knott, aka Bubby was born in an era and time where community and family were very important. Community involvement was always a big part of the Knott family, going back to the concerts and events held at Take It Easy Ranch. Bubby started Great Mills Trading Post in 1970. He began buying and selling junk, which evolved into used equipment and cars. In 1985, the Great Mills Construction Company was founded as a separate company operating in the asphalt and concrete construction business. Then two years later the Great Mills Trading Post and Great Mills Construction Company were joined together. Great Mills Trading Post has been a major provider of construction and equipment support services to state, local, and federal governments for 35 years, including contracts for the Navy for 30 years. Today Great Mills Trading Post is comprised of four divisions: Paving Operations Division; General Construction and Excavating Division; Truck and Equipment Sales Division; and Aggregate Material Sales. Bubby counts much of his success to the community.

    From the people who gave him a chance back when he started to those who call upon his service now. He is always looking for more ways to give back to the community especially the youth. Their community involvement includes but not limited to: Hosting fundraisers for local fire and rescue departments, Hospice of St. Mary’s; and contributing to Christmas In April, local sports teams, schools, churches. And Christmas is incomplete, if you haven’t waited in line to drive through Bubby Knott’s vibrant light display of blinking mermaids, reindeer jumping, and santas’ waving; or park your car and visit his horse stables, shop for unique gifts or see vintage exhibits of trucks, trains and so much more. The general community may know of or have visited this awesome Christmas light display, but didn’t know the heart that was behind it all. The Knott family give up their private farm from Thanksgiving to Christmas and invite the community to Flat Iron Farm on The Highway To Heaven Farm Drive, to give back to the community that in his words, “has been so good to me”. 

    For these reasons and many more we are proud to induct Great Mills Trading Post into our Philanthropy Hall of Fame.

    Flat Iron Farm Christmas light display

(✞ deceased)


Annual Philanthropy Awards

Swan Point Yacht & Country Club, 2011 Business of the Year

Charles County Rotary Club of La Plata, 2011 Nonprofit of the Year

Dorothea Smith, 2011 Volunteer of the Year

Zonta Club of Charles County, 2010 Corporation of the Year

Ashli Haggard, 2010 Youth Volunteer of the Year

Ann Rees, 2010 Volunteer of the Year

Reaching Out Now, Inc., 2010 Nonprofit of the Year

Michael Sullivan, 2010 Philanthropist of the Year

Outback Steakhouse, La Plata, 2009 Corporation of the Year

Center For Children, 2009 Nonprofit of the Year

Candice Quinn Kelly, 2009 Philanthropist of the Year

Carol Jackson, 2009 Volunteer of the Year

Michael Besche, 2008 Philanthropist of the Year

Citizens for the Charles County Library, 2008 Nonprofit of the Year

Barbara “Bobbie” Baldus, 2008 Volunteer of the Year

American Red Cross, Southern Maryland Chapter, 2007 Nonprofit of the Year - Small

Civista Health Foundation, 2007 Nonprofit of the Year - Medium

Greater Waldorf Jaycees, 2007 Nonprofit of the Year - Large

Verna Posey, 2007 Philanthropist of the Year

Diana Rucci, 2007 Volunteer of the Year

CSM, 2006 Nonprofit in the Community

Friends of Hospice, 2006 Nonprofit in the Community

Civista Health Foundation, 2006 Nonprofit in the Community

United Way of Charles County and its Partner Agencies, 2006 Nonprofit in the Community

Philanthropy Day Luncheon