2021 Milestone Awardee Nominations Wanted

Deadline: January 18, 2021
Nominate Someone!

Nominate a COVID 19 Hero

This year’s Milestone and Gemstone Awards seek to honor Dundalk’s COVID 19 heroes.  If there is an individual, organization, high school student, or community group that has helped the Dundalk community weather the pandemic in some way, we want to know.  Nominate them to be our 2021 Milestone winner or Gemstone winner.

Nominees must live, work, or participate in activities that serve the Dundalk area (zip code 21222, County 21224) and exhibit leadership and commitment in furthering the values of Dundalk Renaissance: neighborliness, innovation, heritage, diversity, Opportunity, sustainability, engagement, and unity.

To date, the Milestone Awards have honored 48 community and business leaders and organizations, and the 2021 honorees will join this respected list of change makers. Nominees may self-nominate or be nominated by another person.  A list of previous winners, in addition to our 2020 winners below, can be found here: Milestone Winners

2020 Cornerstone Award Winner

The Dundalk Renaissance Cornerstone Award is presented by Dundalk Renaissance to a business, community organization or non-profit helping to foster Dundalk’s healthy and vibrant future.

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The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County

The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County is our Cornerstone winner for their work helping families interrupt cycles of violence, engage their capacity, and move boldly forward.  They’ve served Dundalk and the surrounding area for over 40 years.

In 2019 they provided emergency shelter to 213 individuals, transitional housing to 63 individuals, and entered 66 individuals into their Early Intervention Program.

2020 Milestone Award Winners

The Dundalk Renaissance Milestone Awards are presented by Dundalk Renaissance to community and non-profit leaders for their roles in nurturing Dundalk’s healthy and vibrant future.

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Cortney Robertson smiling into camera for a professional headshot
Will Feuer leaning against fire place in a tux. The photo is from his wedding.

Sky’s the Limit

Thirty years of community-based performance arts programming and outreach to people with and without intellectual, developmental and physical disability.

Cortney Robertson

Robertson created the mentoring program “I Believe in Me” in Turner Station and Woodlawn where she inspires and engages young girls between the ages of 8 and 18 with STEM and leadership skills, civic workshops, and other learning-based activities.

Will Feuer

Feuer’s extensive volunteer work in the greater Dundalk area is an example of the effects one person can have in a community. Feuer is a member of numerous civic organizations including, but not limited to the Optimist Club and the Eastern Regional Lions Club.

2020 Gemstone Award Winners

Gemstone Awards are presented by Dundalk Renaissance to local students for their service to the Dundalk community.

Shayne Auffarth

Archbishop Curley High School

Auffarth won our Gemstone award for his volunteer work through the Boy Scouts and his church’s Youth Ministry. He is a Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 239 in Dundalk and an Eagle Scout who still finds time to help his elderly neighbor take out the trash and shovel snow, all while interning at an Electrical Engineering company.

Sekinat Dosunmu

Patapsco High School

Dosunmu won our Gemstone Award for tutoring and mentoring younger students who are immigrants or whose first language isn’t English through Soccer Without Borders at Dundalk Middle School and volunteering at a local food pantry.  She is a member of numerous honor societies, involved in her class government and is also on the track team.

Wasilat Dosunmu

Patapsco High School

Dosunmu won our Gemstone award for volunteering at Mercy Medical Center, tutoring and mentoring younger students who are immigrants or whose first language isn’t English through Soccer Without Borders at Dundalk Middle School, volunteering at a local food pantry, Dosunmu is a member of numerous honor societies, involved in her class government, a member of the track team and a soprano signer in the vocal assemble.

Sheryl Eaton

CCBC Dundalk

Eaton won our Gemstone award for her work mentoring fellow students and service through her church. Eaton has overcome many barriers to become a nontraditional student at CCBC, all while maintaining excellent grades.

Alyson Marshall

Sollers Point Technical High School

Marshall won our Gemstone award for the fundraising and volunteer work on behalf of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Sollers Point Technical High school, Overlea Recreational Center, Evolution Soccer, and Dundalk Class of 2020.

Rhianna Stitt

Sparrows Point High School

Stitt one our Gemstone award for extensive community work through her church which focuses on street clean ups, feeding the homeless on a near weekly basis and helping provide homeless communities with clothes and warm blankets.

Jacob Swink

Dundalk High School 

Swink won our Gemstone award for his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America and faith based service with his church.  He completed over 6000 hours of community service–all while maintaining a high GPA.  Swink is Dundalk High School’s salutatorian, an eight time Ben Carson Scholar, an Eagle Scout & Vigil Honor Member in the National Order of the Arrow, a member of National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.

About Dundalk Renaissance Milestone Awards

The Dundalk Renaissance Milestone Awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, and groups that have contributed to Dundalk’s revitalization and building our future. We also honor with our Gemstone Awards up to 5 young people attending our area high schools or CCBC-Dundalk, with accomplishments that have made Dundalk a stronger community.

To date, the Milestone Awards have honored 48 community and business leaders and organizations, and the 2021 honorees will join this respected list of change makers. Nominees may self-nominate or be nominated by another person.  A list of previous winners can be found here: Milestone Winners

Thank You 2020 Keystone Sponsors! 

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