Gainesville Heroes

The “Gainesville Hero” award recognizes the unique and extraordinary achievements of citizens in the Gainesville District that truly inspire the rest of us to do better, sacrifice more, and become engaged in improving the quality of life in our communities.   I’m honored to meet local heroes and publicly recognize them for their service to our community.

Regency Women’s Club Named Gainesville Hero

September 14, 2012

On September 6, 2012, Supervisor Pete Candland named the Regency Women’s Club a Gainesville Hero for their years of service to the Prince William County community.

Through events and fundraising, the Regency Women’s Club contributes their time and money to towards improving the quality of life for citizens in our area.

The list of non-profit organizations and charities supported by the Regency Women’s Club is almost never ending.  They raise money for Wounded Warriors, provide scholarships for local students, and donate to the Cancer Center and CASA, among many others.  In addition to their successful fundraising efforts, the Regency Women’s Club organizes volunteers to help needy families through BARN and Point of Hope Camp, and their members are active volunteers in our local schools.  This just scratches the surface of how the Regency Women’s Club improves our community everyday, and it would take a long time to list every activity and organization that is the beneficiary of their generosity.

The Regency Women’s Club has set a great example for the rest of Western Prince William County, and we are proud to name them a Gainesville Hero.

Supervisor Candland and members of the Regency Women's Club

Supervisor Candland presents Gainesville Hero Award to members of the Regency Women's Club

Turn the Mill Around Campaign, New Gainesville Heroes

September 5, 2012

Gainesville,VA– Supervisor Pete Candland, named the Turn the Mill Around Campaign as the newest Gainesville Heroes during a ceremony at Chapman’s Mill on Sunday, August 26.

The Turn the Mill Around Campaign is dedicated to preserving and rebuilding the Chapman’s Mill site inWestern PrinceWilliamCounty, near I-66.  Located at a critical point bridging a gap in the Bull Run and Pond Mountains, Chapman’s Mill was important in moving grain and products from the Shenandoah Valley to the Potomac River.

The mill was also witness to several skirmishes and firefights during the First and Second Battles of Manassas.  Over the years, the mill had fallen in disrepair, and in 1998 most of the structure burned during a fire.  More information about Chapman’s Mill and the Turn the Mill Around Campaign can be found at

In naming the Turn the Mill Around Campaign the latest Gainesville Hero, Supervisor Candland said, “I am privileged to be here today and bestow our latest Gainesville Hero Award to the Turn the Mill Around Campaign.  Your efforts to preserve Chapman’s Mill and create an historic destination truly make you a Gainesville Hero to not only those present today, but to the future generations who will be able to share in this rich history.”

Supervisor Candland established the Gainesville Hero award to recognize the unique and extraordinary achievements of citizens of the Gainesville District that truly inspire the rest of us to do better, sacrifice more, and become engaged in improving the quality of life in our communities.  The Turn the Mill Around Campaign is the fourth recipient of the Gainesville Hero Award.

James Davis and Pete Candland

From left: Barry Starke, Earl Douple, James Davis, Andrea Currier, Pete Candland, and Dr. Kay McCarron

Jacquie Meeks Named July 2012 Gainesville Hero

August 7, 2012

Supervisor Candland was honored to be able to present the Gainesville Hero Award for July 2012 to Mrs. Jacquie Meeks.  Jacquie has served actively in community service organizations all of her adult life.  During her years as a Maryland resident, Jacquie was President and a Board Member of Coastal Hospice.  She also served as the President of the Helen Sue Award Scholarship Foundation.

As a Prince William County resident, Jacquie also served in many capacities.  She was not only a hospice volunteer, but she also helped organize support for BARN and the Women’s Crisis Center.  The rewriting of the Mongolia constitution carried with it a mandate that 30 percent of the legislature had to be women.  Fourteen women from Mongolia came to Virginia to learn how to become involved in government.  Jacquie helped organize trips to visit Capitol Hill in DC and arranged for the women to take classes.  Jacquie chauffeured the women to their events and introduced them to USAID, the federal government agency primarily responsible for extending a helping hand to those people struggling overseas to make a better life or striving to live in a free and democratic country.

Supervisor Candland was privileged to convey his expressions of sincere gratitude to this extraordinary constituent.  The citizens of Prince William County have been well served through Jacquie Meeks’ many years of sacrifice and service.

Jacquie Meeks and Supervisor Pete Candland

Don Meeks, Jacquie Meeks, and Tom Meeks

Barbara Jackson, Jacquie Meeks, Tom Meeks, and Michael Jackson

Battlefield Marching Bobcats Named Gainesville Heroes

July 16, 2012

In June, we named the Battlefield High School Marching Band a Gainesville Hero in recognition for being named National Champion Marching Band. More information on the our newest Gainesville Heroes, the Battlefield Marching Bobcats, can be found here.


Heritage Classic Charities named as First Gainesville “Hero”

May 17, 2012

Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland presented Heritage Classic Charities with the first Gainesville Hero Award.  Heritage Classic Charity was recognized for their work in raising funds to fight cancer and aid cancer research.

The following individuals were honored:

Board of Directors
Al Stearns, President
Don Hambric, Treasurer
Dennis O’Malley, Secretary
Kenneth Collins
Frank Maresca
Roger Piskulick
John Stirrup

Members of Events Committee
Jerry Berman
Kenneth Chadwick
Sung Chung
Doug Church
Rachael Cooper
Martha Hoover
Lynn Levvis
Mike Mallott
Susan Naugle
Richard Powell
Al Shields
Eric Stalzer
Tim Woodruff
John Yancy

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