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Wednesday's Philanthropists of the Year awards celebration demonstrated once again the far-reaching ways which members of our community routinely step up when needs arise.

The Community Foundation of Carroll County has held the awards for nine years. Each year they honor a family, an individual, a youth, a business and a non-profit, as well as a legacy award which goes to…..

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Marcus "Lee" and Louna Primm were the family winners this year. For the past 40 years Lee has been involved in fundraising causes benefitting everything from the hospital to McDaniel College, and Louna has been a fixture on boards ranging from the community college to the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Hospice and more.

Faye Pappalardo, who stepped down as head of Carroll Community College, received the individual award. Her leadership over the years in growing the community college has been well-documented as that institution continues to provide educational opportunities to students of all ages in Carroll.

Daniel Welliver has volunteered for various organizations since elementary school, and the Westminster High School Senior was recognized as the youth award winner this year.

Susan Rill, owner of Dutch Corner Restaurant in Manchester, was recognized as the business winner. Rill and the restaurant have a tradition of supporting many community organizations and groups, ranging from Boy Scout troops to student groups at North Carroll and Manchester Valley high schools.

Human Services Programs of Carroll County was honored as the non-profit philanthropist of the year. The non-profit operates more than 20 different programs all aimed at helping residents who may be experiencing life difficulties, touching thousands of families each year.

The legacy award was given this year to the late Dr. Charles Levine Billingslea, who played keys roles in the construction of schools, sanitation systems and Carroll Hospital Center.

Those honored are more than deserving of the recognition they received for their ongoing contributions to the betterment of our community. They follow a long list of awardees over the years that demonstrate how, by working together, we can make a difference.

The county has always had a strong backbone of community minded individuals, groups and organizations that never fails to step up to the plate and offer their services, and while we pause to honor these awardees this week, so too should be acknowledge the many others across our communities whose combined efforts truly make life better for everyone in Carroll.

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