People Notes

People Notes

Mary Lou and Ben Sands, both of Vienna, were featured in a segment of the show "Forever Young TV" that originally aired some months ago and will be repeated the week of June 25. The segment, "A Salute to Veterans," is being aired in honor of July 4. The show can be seen on cable channel 10 Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and will repeat Monday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

George Bitar M.D., who has an office at the Lofty Salon in Vienna, was named the Man of The Year 2006 by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He raised $144,000 for the society, and all of the candidates together raised a total close to $690,000. Both numbers were records for the society's D.C. chapter.

Leadership Fairfax Inc. (LFI), based in Vienna, held a joint commencement ceremony for the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program Class and the Emerging Leaders Institute Class on Thursday, June 8 at Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. The ceremony featured civic change expert Dr. Suzanne Morse as the keynote speaker.

Leadership Fairfax’s Signature Class of 2006 graduates include: Seema Ajrawat of Oakton, who works for the Fairfax County Park Authority; Teresa Lynn Burke of Oakton, who works for XO Communications; Elizabeth F. Gallagher of Vienna, who works for Diversified International Sciences Corporation (BIT); Jennifer W. Kalka of Vienna, who works for Booz Allen Hamilton; and Heidi A. Kallett of Vienna, who works for The Dandelion Patch.

Leadership Fairfax Inc. also awarded the 2006 Torchbearer Member of the Year award to Gerald (Jerry) Volloy at the commencement ceremony. Volloy chaired the 2006 Links for Leadership Golf Tournament, which raised over $20,000 for scholarships for LFI’s Signature Program and the Emerging Leaders Institute program. The Torchbearer Member of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by an LFI member who has furthered LFI’s mission and goals.

Volloy, of Reston, is a 2003 graduate of the Leadership Fairfax’s Signature Program and currently serves as the development chair on LFI’s board of directors. Volloy recently retired from the LexisNexis Corporation as the vice president of program management. Before LexisNexis, Volloy was CEO of the Reston Association.

Dominic Favia, a seventh-grader at Thoreau Middle School, recently won first place in the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Youth Competition, junior division. The ITG is the international organization for professional trumpet players. Its annual conference was held at Rowan University in New Jersey this year. The youth competition is divided into two age groups, and competitors, who are accepted based on recommendations and repertoire, are required to play a piece from a required list and one of their choosing. Dominic won the competition with his rendition of the Ropartz Andante and Allegro (required selection) and Hummel Trumpet Concerto 1st Movement. He has performed for the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce the Optimist Club locally, in addition to various other performances. He also plays in the otherwise-adult Vienna Community Band.