Inaugural STAR Awards Nominees Named

The nominees for the Rotary Club of Leesburg’s inaugural STAR Awards have been announced.

The newly created STAR Awards memorialize Stanley F. Caulkins, a longtime Rotarian who died in January at the age of 92. He owned and operated Caulkins Jewelers for 61 years, was a member of the Leesburg Town Council, and a founding member of the Leesburg Airport Commission in 1962. He helped lead the push to build Leesburg Executive Airport.

STAR stands for Stanley F. Caulkins, Tributes, Awards and Recognition.

During the Rotary Club’s Oct. 13 awards ceremony, Rotary STAR Awards will be presented in three categories: Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development, Innovation in Economic Development, and Creative Use of Social Media in Economic Development.

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award are Tom Toth, of Toth Financial; Kevin Malone, of Tuscarora Mill; and J. Hamilton Lambert of the Claude Moore Foundation. Nominees for the Innovation in Economic Development Award are Susan Mandel-Giblin, of Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers; Leesburg-based medical technology company K2M; Shirley Johnson, of the Leesburg Animal Park; and Joe T. May, founder and CEO of Leesburg-based electronic manufacturer EIT. Nominees for the Creative Use of Social Media Award are Black Walnut Brewery; Jim Sisley and Donna Torraca, with the Friends of Leesburg for Public Arts; MELT Gourmet Cheeseburgers; and Nicole Gustavson, with Inform Fitness.

The nominees will be honored and the award winners will be announced at the STAR awards ceremony, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost to attend the event is $75, and includes a buffet dinner, wine, beer and sodas. The evening will also include a silent auction, raffle and live music from the Curve Crew.

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