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The Southern Maryland office of the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter has announced the recipients of the second annual Southern Maryland Inspiring Caregiver Awards.

The winners of the Enduring Caregiver Award for caregivers with more than 10 years’ experience are Alice Bates and Kathleen Whitford, both of Charles County.

Winners of the Family/Friend/Volunteer Caregiver Award were Janice Marie Colbert of Prince George’s County, Logan Deoudes of Charles County, Linda Gray of Charles County, Richard Haig of Charles County, Kathy McGowan of Charles County, Helen McLean of Charles County and Jeannette Wood of Prince George’s County.

Winners of the Professional Caregiver Award were the activities department at Solomons Nursing Center in Calvert County, Penny Brown, Christine Humphreys, Erna Foote and Pam Penc; Vicky Balderson of St. Mary’s County; Debra Berens of Calvert County; LaJuan Campbell of Charles County; Wanda Carroll of St. Mary’s County; Shayne Coates of Charles County; Sheronda Coleman of Charles County; Elise Drew of Calvert County; Daisy Farmer of Prince George’s County; Sharon Hall of Charles County; Kathleen Hayden of St. Mary’s County; Vallery “Val” Howell of Calvert County; Joyce Jones of Calvert County; Lisa Langley of St. Mary’s County; Delores Scott of Charles County; and Bertha Thompson of Calvert County.

A new category was added this year for advocates in the community who have demonstrated service above and beyond on behalf of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Advocates of the Year winners were Larry Estevez of Charles County and Kathy Goodspeed of St. Mary’s County.

Nominations were received from across the Southern Maryland region.

“These are the unsung heroes of our community,” Linda Gottfried said in a news release. She is the Southern Maryland director for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.

“Caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can be a very rewarding and challenging job,” she said in the release. “Given the intensive, complicated scope of care the disease requires, we believe that honoring those who are on the front lines improving the quality of life for dementia patients is the right thing to do.”

The honorees will be recognized at an awards dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at the Jaycees center in Waldorf.

Inspiring Caregiver Awards committee members are Andrew Applegate, Regina Cunningham, Chante Davis-OKunola, Jerry Hicks, Tonya Jackson, Rebecca Kessler, Roberta “Robbie” Loker, Deborah McBroom, Sharon Nicholson, Cindy Olmsted, Cynthia Parker, Wendy Rezza, Michelle Robley, Sherry Santana, Debi Shanks, Lee Ann Stedman, Dorothea H. Smith and Linda Wooge.

“Special thanks to the Inspiring Caregiver Awards committee. They are a committed group of individuals who truly care about the challenges faced by caregivers in our community. It was an exceptionally difficult task to determine the honorees. Many committee members mentioned the emotionally charged aspect of the process, and I agree. Many tissues were necessary to get through the review of the nominations,” Gottfried said in the release.

Tickets to the dinner are $35 each through April 12; and $45 each after April 13 and at the door.

Go to www.alz.org/nca, call Gottfried at 301-934-5856 or email Linda.Gottfried@alz.org to purchase tickets.