Community service efforts honored

Montgomery County leadership attends 6th Annual Montgomery Serves Award Show

BETHESDA, Md. - Volunteering and helping others can sometimes be difficult work.

That's why leaders in Montgomery County and dozens of residents came together Monday night to honor local good Samaritans at the 6th Annual Montgomery Serves Award Show.

County Executive Ike Leggett, several county council members and an entire theater full of proud Montgomery County residents came out to honor the nine award winners.

"It is an opportunity for us to highlight just a few of the amazing folks who really make such a huge difference in our community,” said Montgomery County Volunteer Center Director, Molly Callaway. “Volunteerism is a huge part of our ethic with lots of people getting involved in service."

One of those people who got involved was 17-year-old Anjali Kalra, who created an educational summer camp at the Stepping Stones Family Shelter.

"I just love volunteer work and just the fact that i was helping kids get through a difficult time,” said Kalra.

Another notable winner from Monday’s ceremony was Mark Bergel, who founded A Wider Circle and has championed Montgomery County’s war against poverty and homelessness.

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