Aging Together Director Carol Simpson was delighted with Friday evening’s turnout at the Culpeper Country Club.
“It was a fantastic event,” said Simpson of the 100 guests that arrived to pay tribute to five outstanding residents – one from each of the counties serviced by Aging Together.
“What wonderful people and those who supported them were so enthusiastic.”
Culpeper’s recipient Dr. Hortense Hinton-Jackson is no stranger to public speaking particularly when she can lend her voice in support of education and her advocacy children. She was the keynote speaker at the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet last November and again graced their annual women’s event – Women Lift Each Other Up – held Wednesday evening at the Daniel Technology Center.
Her daughter Shani bubbled over with excitement introducing her mother as an inspiring and exuberant example in her life.
Dr. Hortense Hinton-Jackson is a native of Culpeper and graduated from GW Carver Regional High School. Her career spanned 40 years as an administrator in higher education before she retired in 2012. Dr. Hinton-Jackson served two terms as a gubernatorial appointee to the State Equal Employment Opportunity Council. In Culpeper, she has served on many community service projects with the Museum of Culpeper History and Culpeper Library, as President of the local NAACP branch, Women in Worship Ministries, and GW Carver Regional HS Alumni Association, the Trustee Board of Free Union Baptist Church, and as a gospel and jazz vocalist.
Dr. Hortense Hinton-Jackson is listed in “Who’s Who Among African-Americans.” She has been a presenter, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at local, regional and national conferences on education, African-American history, leadership development, personal and spiritual growth and cultural diversity. She continues to serve as a mentor and coach to former students and young professionals. She is the mother of three and grandmother of eight.
The Fauquier County honoree, John W. McCarthy, may be best known for his 28-year tenure as Rappahannock County Administrator, until his retirement in 2016. His other accomplishments are numerous. McCarthy was a member of the Fauquier Hospital Board of Trustees for many years, including chairmanship during a $65M renovation of the facilities. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the PATH Foundation (formerly Fauquier Health Foundation) since 2013. McCarthy was a founding partner of Aging Together and through his leadership, he has played a major role in shaping and strengthening the Rappahannock and Fauquier communities.
McCarthy’s recent awards and appointments include: Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission Distinguished Regional Leadership Award; Good Citizenship Award from the Sons of the American Revolution; membership on the Fauquier County Mental Health Association Board, Rappahannock County Public Library Board of Trustees, the Rappahannock-Rapidan Eldercare Coalition, and the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority.
The 2017 honoree from Rappahannock County is Bev Atkins, who will tell you she’s done nothing out of the ordinary, but whose willingness to jump in and support local residents and organizations makes her one of the county’s real treasures. Bev recently retired after 33 years as Rappahannock’s Commissioner of Revenue, a position she viewed truly as a service to individuals in the community. When tax relief for the elderly was implemented, for instance, Bev didn’t just sit in her office and wait for people to come to her; she went out and visited older adults in their homes and helped them sign up.
But Bev’s contribution to this community goes well beyond her professional work. It is hard to find a local organization that she has not been involved in, either as a board member, a fundraiser, or an organizer. The community groups she has supported range from Camp Fantastic, the Heart Association, the Cancer Society, the Red Cross, RAWL, the Historical Society, Flint Hill and Sperryville Fire and Rescue squads to the Free Clinic, the Benevolent Fund, the Foothills Forum, RAAC, the Extension Service, Rapp at Home, and CCLC. Bev can be found, often behind the scenes, her sleeves rolled up, dishing up food for a fundraiser or taking tickets or driving someone who can’t get out on their own.
Robin Corum moved to Madison County about 20 years ago. He has always enjoyed helping people and likes seeing them smile. He started with the Food Pantry at Madison Emergency Services Association (MESA) eight years ago when it became clear that they needed assistance in their efforts to feed over 600 people a month.
Robin avidly volunteers at MESA seven days a week, routinely averaging 32 hours per week. His regular activities include coordinating food deliveries from Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market, Food Lion and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Robin also organizes food drives and semi-annual yard sales benefiting the Pantry. He maintains the Pantry’s cleanliness, checks for food safety and ensures compliance with the necessary paperwork, refrigerator temperatures and weights of donations. Robin also mentors families facing homelessness, always nonjudgmental to the needs of clients. He has also assisted in the summer school food program.
Dorren Brown, Executive Director of the Orange County Free Clinic, started at the Clinic in February 2008 after retiring from 31 years in the education field. During her time as Director of the Clinic, the number of patients registered has grown from less than 100 to almost 3,000 currently. Services have also been expanded tremendously, thanks to partnerships with a wide variety of schools, agencies, businesses and a cadre of devoted volunteers. The Clinic has moved twice to accommodate this growth, now occupying space at the Silk Mill Building.
Dorren has a BS from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s degree from George Mason University. She taught middle school in Madison County for 24 years, then served in school administration in Charlottesville, lastly as Principal of Johnson Elementary School before her retirement.
Dorren credits her success with her ability to solve problems and surround herself with dedicated people and community partners.