Spirit of Community

September 23, 2020

The 2020 Spirit of Community celebration on September 23, 2020, honored Arlington’s front-line human service workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic with the 2020 William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award. We invite you to watch the event or any of its parts by clicking on the videos below.

Make a Donation

Please consider a gift to the Arlington Community Foundation. These funds help the Foundation support long-term solutions; respond quickly to emergencies; and meet changing social, arts and cultural, educational, health and human services, or environmental needs in our community.



Our long-standing Prompt Response Fund has helped us to respond quickly to our nonprofit partners when an emergency, disaster or crisis hits. To meet the new and evolving challenges of the coronavirus spread in our community, we are focusing exclusively on providing support to organizations at the front lines with those most impacted by this health crisis. This includes emergency food needs, health needs for the uninsured or underinsured, and support for hourly workers displaced from their wage-earning positions.



The Community Fund helps the Foundation support long-term solutions; respond quickly to emergencies; and meet changing social, arts and cultural, educational, health and human services, or environmental needs in our community.



The Community Scholarship Fund offers one-year scholarships and provides the Foundation with opportunities to help our Arlington students. This Fund provides scholarships to high school seniors of merit and financial need whom may not be eligible for one of the named scholarships established by individual donors and businesses.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

Thank you to our 2020 Spirit of Community sponsors and advertisers. If you have questions or want to learn more about becoming a sponsor of a future event, contact Natalia Muniz at nmuniz@arlcf.org or 703-243-4785 ext. 200

Gold Sponsors

  • Battlefield Automotive Logo
  • R4 Capital Logo
  • Meridian logo
  • Reich and Tang logo
  • Mr. John Andelin & Ms. Ginger Geoffrey
  • Hon. William T. Newman, Jr. & Ms. Sheila Johnson
  • Ms. Jeanne Broyhill & Mr. Joe Ventrone

Silver Sponsors

  • CastroHaase Logo
  • Glass Distributors Logo
  • enterprise-logo-trans
  • Lindsay Automotive Group Logo2
  • Manning Murray Logo
  • NCB-Logo_BlueVertNoTag
  • EG Reinsch AptsNearDC Logo
  • Solomon Hess Logo
  • Strategic Analysis Logo
  • 20190723_Ventera_Logo_Wordmark-01-trans
  • Wendroff and associates logo
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Jean Barton
  • Mr. John F. Benton & Mr. David W. Briggs
  • Mr. & Mrs. George & Sue Covucci
  • Cindy & Joe McMahon, Jr.
  • Ms. Nancy Snell

Bronze Sponsors

  • AHC Inc.
  • Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C.
  • Ms. Deborah C. Brittain
  • Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Patricia Connally
  • Mr. Greg Frey & Ms. Jade Gong
  • John Marshall Bank
  • Klausner & Company, P.C.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ed & Terry Orzechowski
  • Ms. Peggy Richardson
  • Savant Wealth Management
  • Searle Business Solutions
  • Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Genevieve Timpane
  • Mr. Wade N. Sisk & Hon. Avril Ussery Sisk
  • United Bank


  • Ms. Krysta Jones & Ms. Susan Anderson
  • Cherry Blossom PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Donna Henshaw, AveryHess Realtors
  • Sarah Nordstrom, Jennifer Frey, & Jason Frey
  • Mr. & Mrs. Clay & Linda Henderson
  • Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Mary Hynes
  • Ms. Nancy Iacomini
  • Sonia N. Johnston
  • Kevin & Beth Jones, Jones, Mead & Associates
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gary & Vicki Kirkbride
  • Mr. & Mrs. John & Christine Milliken
  • Mr. & Mrs. David & Lisa Nelson
  • Mr. & Mrs. Maurice & Marion Spraggins
  • Ms. Meg Tuccillo
  • Hon. George Varoutsos
  • Hon. Mary Margaret Whipple

About the
William T. Newman, Jr.
Spirit of Community Award

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Honorable William T. Newman, Jr-02

The Honorable William T. Neman, Jr. serves as Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Virginia. A life-long Arlingtonian, he is known for his active engagement in the county. Prior to his election to the bench by the General Assembly, Judge Newman had served as the Chair of the Arlington County Board, and has been active in a number of local and legal organizations. Judge Newman has also received the prestigious William L. Winston Award from the Arlington County Bar Foundation (ACBF). He is married to Sheila Johnson.

Judge Newman is the founder and president emeritus of the Arlington Community Foundation. Inspired by the San Francisco Community Foundation’s role in responding to a city in need following the 1989 earthquake, Judge Newman proposed the establishment of a community foundation to serve Arlington. Since awarding its first two grants in 1993, the Foundation has continued to grow its assets in order to address community needs now and in the future.

In 1993, the Arlington Community Foundation awarded the first Spirit of Community award to the late Joan Cooper. Named in honor of Judge Newman, the award was established to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a tireless and unselfish commitment to improving the quality of life in Arlington.


About Arlington Community Foundation

The Arlington Community Foundation was established in 1991 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families and businesses for the betterment of Arlington County. As a grantmaker, convener and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the needs of Arlingtonians, and address the most critical issues of our time to ensure that our community provides opportunity for everyone.