The Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) is being honored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) for its generous support of Riverbend Park programs and projects. The group of dedicated volunteers will receive a 2020 Eakin Philanthropy Award in the Fairfax County Park Authority Friends Group/Park Volunteer Team category at a virtual ceremony in November.
FORB has donated more than $85,600 through the Park Foundation since 2016 to support a variety of Riverbend Park programs and projects. Its donations have funded valuable forest restoration and environmental field trips to Riverbend Park for the educational enrichment of Title I school students. FORB has paid for numerous summer intern awards and underwrites unfunded needs of Riverbend Park staff and volunteers. FORB has helped purchase much-needed canoes, equipment and interpretive signs that teach and inspire many who retreat to this stunning park located on an isolated bend of the picturesque Potomac River.
The organization formalized its role by ratifying a Fairfax County Park Authority Friends Group Memorandum of Understanding with the Park Authority Board in 2018.
The FCPF is a charitable organization, which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority. Its Eakin Philanthropy Award, established in 2009, is named in honor of the Eakin family, donors of the first parcels of parkland to the Park Authority more than 50 years ago. The annual award recognizes individuals and organizations whose financial or in-kind contributions have significantly enhanced Fairfax County parks through the Foundation. The impact of Eakin awardee-supported projects has long-term benefit to the community, and visionary contributions create new programs or facilities and provide a creative approach to addressing community needs.
To learn more about the Fairfax County Park Foundation, contact 703-324-8581 or visit the Fairfax County Park Foundation website.
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