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2014 Prestigious Heart of the Community Awards Announced

February 3, 2014 12:28 PM
Scott C. Plein, Principal of Equinox Investments, LLC, a real estate investment, development and management firm, and Dominion Virginia Power, to receive prestigious Heart of the Community Awards.
Hopkins House, an historic nonprofit institution headquartered in Northern Virginia that provides high-quality early care and education and career pathways programs throughout the metropolitan DC area, will confer its "Helen Miller Community Heart Award" on Plein for his distinguished local and international philanthropic and civic engagement. Dominion Virginia Power will receive the organization’s "Heart of the Community Award" for its local and national corporate citizenship.
"Through these honors," said Hopkins House President J. Glenn Hopkins, in announcing the awards, "we want to spread the news about the many good works this individual and this corporation are doing for children, youths, and families not only right here locally, but also around the nation, and across the world."
"I want to have a positive effect on as many children as I possibly can," said Plein upon hearing that he is to receive the coveted award. "Every day it seems there are more young people, since I keep getting older." 
The awards will be presented during the Hopkins House's annual awards luncheon at The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle Street, in Alexandria on Friday (Valentine’s Day), February 14 at noon.  
ABC7/WJATV News Anchor, Leon Harris, will host the event, and the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble will provide the entertainment. 
The luncheon is open to the public.  Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased in advance on the Hopkins House website ( or at the door.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hopkins House Children’s Scholarship Fund. This special Fund helps low-income and working parents afford the cost of quality preschool for their children by offering "sliding fee" scholarship grants based on the family’s financial need.  These working parents often make too much to be eligible for government assistance and too little to afford quality preschool tuition.