The Wertheimer Fellow Awards

Named for the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick County businesswoman and prolific volunteer, Wertheimer Fellows are recognized for their sweat equity rather than their financial contributions to the local community—leaving a lasting legacy of giving in everything they do.

At-risk youth, victims of domestic violence, the elderly, homeless families, children with disabilities, the hungry, people recovering from addictions, grant initiatives, African-American historical programs, faith based initiatives, scouting programs, health care agencies, and students reaching for a better life through education have all been helped by the funds added by each Wertheimer Fellow.

Wertheimer Fellows are recognized at the Community Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community each November and are awarded $25,000 to establish or add to a permanent fund with the Community Foundation for the nonprofit or charitable endeavor of their choice.

The Community Foundation presented its first youth award for volunteerism called the "Wertheimer Youth in Action Award" in 2012. Youth under the age of 18 who are positively impacting the community by volunteering their talents and energies in Frederick County may be nominated. The youth will receive a $1,000 grant to give to the nonprofit organization of their choice, and will be honored at the Community Foundation's Annual Report to the Community in November.

Past Wertheimer Fellows include Cecilia Bach, Orley and Margaret Borland, Elizabeth J. Brady, Dennis Cannon, Sandy Cox, Jeanie Cronin, Lawrence A. “Tommy” Dorsey, George and Ruth Dredden, Marlene England, Kristopher Fair, Susan Favorite, Leah Fleming, Caroline Gaver, Charlotte and Charles Glick, Richard M. Golling, Jr., Miriam Lane, William O. Lee, Jr., Eugene Long, Richard Markey, Jeannine Milyard, C. Rodman Myers, Viola M. Noffsinger, Ronnie Osterman, Frank Parsons, Jennie Sue Pearson, Colleen Remsberg, Nancy Roblin, Edna and Grace Smith, Jane and Charles Smith, Robert F. Ward, Dr. George Waxter, Fran Wenner, Grace Winpigler and Gail A. Wood.

Past Youth in Action Honorees include Lane Davis and Emily Zimmerman.

Click HERE to read about previous Wertheimer Honorees.

Please meet the 2014 Wertheimer Fellow Honorees :

Diana R. Halleman

Diana Halleman.xsmall.Wert pageDiana R. Halleman of Frederick has been an active volunteer in the Frederick area for many years, supporting a range of organizations and activities related to the arts, women and children, and civic causes. She is known for her community involvement that began in 2004 with Celebrate Frederick, Inc., serving as a board member and chairing events such as Pangaea and Festival of Lights.

Read more: Diana R. Halleman

Susie Z. Miller, 2014 Wertheimer Honoree

Susie Miller.xsmall.Wert pageSusie Z. Miller of Walkersville has a long history of volunteerism, most notably supporting the arts community in Frederick County, as well as many other nonprofits. Her involvement with the Weinberg Center for the Arts goes back to 1976, when she hauled mud from the theatre after downtown Frederick flooded, earning the title "mud angel."

Read more: Susie Z. Miller, 2014 Wertheimer Honoree

Madeline Makusky, 2014 Youth in Action Honoree

Madeline Mukusky.xsmall.Wert pageMadeline C. Makusky of Frederick has participated in YMCA of Frederick County's dance program for eight years, and has emerged as a natural leader, peer collaborator, and champion in the Frederick County dance community.

Read more: Madeline Makusky, 2014 Youth in Action Honoree

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