The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Metro Area Chapter honored Frederic and Marlene Malek — philanthropic leaders in health care, higher education and the arts — with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the 11th annual National Capital Philanthropy Day celebration Nov. 1.
Marymount University nominated the Maleks of McLean for the award. Marlene Malek earned her nursing degree at Marymount in 1979, and currently is vice-chair of the Board of Trustees on which she has served for more than two decades.
Since her graduation, Malek has been committed to supporting cancer research. She is the president of Friends of Cancer Research, a member of the Cancer Leadership Council at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a trustee of the MD Anderson Comprehensive Cancer Center in Houston. She also serves on the board of the Duke University Cancer Institute.
Fred Malek is founder and chairman of Thayer Lodging Group, a private equity firm, and founder and chairman of Thayer Capital Partners. He also served as president and CEO of Marriott Hotels and Northwest Airlines. Malek was an adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, serving in a variety of capacities. He is a graduate of West Point and the Harvard Business School.
The couple most recently provided the naming gift for Marymount’s Malek School of Health Professions. They also named the outdoor Malek Plaza between Marymount’s two newest buildings, Caruthers Hall and Rose Benté Lee Hall. In addition, the couple established the Marymount Jordanian Scholarship, which provides support for a student from Jordan to attend the university, increasing cultural exchange and understanding.
Annandale woman tapped for university award
Julie Wilson of Annandale has received Marymount University’s 2012 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award for her professional accomplishments, humanitarian contributions and community service.
Wilson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2001, is an award-winning professional ballroom dancer, instructor and choreographer. She co-founded and owns Encore Ballroom Couture, a ballroom dress consignment and rental company — the exclusive distributor for the Randall Christensen dresses designed for “Dancing with the Stars.”
This fall Wilson is launching a second company, The Dress Spa, an environmentally friendly cleaning service for ballroom costumes.
As America’s Ms. Virginia 2011, Wilson partnered with the Eye Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about prevention and early detection. She was selected for the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2012 Joint Civilian Orientation Conference and is a sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project.
Recognized as a Humane Hero by The Humane Society of the United States, Wilson is an advocate for No Kill Nation and is active with Companions for Heroes, Dogs on Deployment and the Puppy Rescue Mission — programs for U.S. military service men and women.
New reads on local bookshelves
Reston author Kathleen Kinsolving has published her second book, “Dogs of War: The stories of FDR’s Fala, Patton’s Willie, and Ike’s Telek.”
“Dogs of War” is a treasure trove of anecdotes, tidbits and photographs of three beloved dogs who shared the limelight with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and generals George S. Patton and Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower, as they battled together to save the world from fascism. While those leaders faced some of civilization’s most difficult decisions, they received friendship and affection from their canine companions: from a Scottish terrier who lived at the White House, to a bull terrier who missed a last-minute, fatal RAF bombing run and found a home with a crusty American general, to Ike’s treasured Scottie.
Kinsolving teaches English and journalism at Centreville High School. Her earlier book was a biography of her father, “Gadfly: The Life and Times of Les Kinsolving — White House Watchdog.
“Dogs of War,” published by WND Books, offers an unusual behind-the-scenes look at a World War II story. The slim volume — a perfect size to slip into a Christmas stocking — arrives in stores Nov. 20.
Award-winning journalist Michael Lee Pope of Alexandria has written a new book, “Shotgun Justice: One Prosecutor's Crusade Against Crime and Corruption In Alexandria & Arlington.”
When Crandal Mackey was elected commonwealth’s attorney in 1903, he set his sights on the illegal bars, bordellos and casinos of Alexandria County. Crime in the streets and corruption at city hall plagued the Virginia county — now Arlington County and parts of Alexandria.
Armed with a shotgun and accompanied by an axe-wielding posse, Mackey embarked on a crusade, busting up saloons and conducting raids throughout the county. When the dust settled, Mackey had shut down an infamous racetrack in Del Ray and politicians on the take in Alexandria County’s political machine.
“Shotgun Justice” is available at local stores and at www.historypress.net. The Athenaeum at 201 Prince St., Alexandria, is hosting a free book signing with Q&A on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. For more, visit http:// nvfaa.org.
McLean-area volunteers pack meals for the hungry
More than 900 local volunteers working three shifts during an eight-hour period Nov. 10 packaged 250,000 meals to help eradicate hunger worldwide.
The event, which took place at Luther Church of the Redeemer in McLean, benefited Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-saving aid to countries around the world.
“Today’s event is the largest one that Stop Hunger Now has completed this year in the Washington, D.C., area,” said McLean Rotarian Dominic Alexander, program manager for Stop Hunger Now-National Capital Area. “It is amazing to me how the entire community comes together for this event so many different organizations and so many different religions are represented here today.”
Volunteers included members of the Rotary Clubs of Dunn Loring-Merrifield, McLean and Tysons Corner as well as students, parents and administrators from McLean, Langley and Marshall high schools and Longfellow Middle and Kent Gardens Elementary schools.
Individuals from these congregations participated: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean Islamic Center, Hoa Nghiem Buddhist Temple, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Temple Rodef Shalom and Trinity Methodist Church.
Also helping were Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, veterans from American Legion Post 270 and seniors from Vinson Hall Retirement Community.
More than $62,500 was raised from individuals, organizations and corporations.
Stop Hunger Now sends 90 percent of the meals — composed of long-grain rice, a soy protein mixture, a vitamin packet and dehydrated vegetables — to schools in impoverished regions. The remaining 10 percent goes to disaster relief areas.
The meals assembled in McLean are scheduled for delivery to Haiti, ravaged by an earthquake in January 2010.
This latest event was the fourth installment of the community meal-packing effort over the past two years. To date, more than 700,000 meals have been assembled.