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Sons of Italy announces OC ‘Citizen of the Year’ award

(Jan. 8, 2015) The Ocean City Lodge of the Sons of Italy has announced the establishment of an annual award to honor a “Distinguished Citizen of the Year.”
This award will be given to an individual in the Ocean City area who has made significant and sustained contributions to one’s community through one’s time, actions, talents and dedications. The individual should have a passion for helping others in the community through compassion and service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer actions without receiving monetary or personal benefits from their involvement.
The Ocean City Lodge of the Sons of Italy announced this year’s “Distinguished Citizen of the Year”, Anna L. Foultz, during its annual Lodge Christmas Party at the Dunes Manor Hotel on Dec. 14.  Before moving to the Ocean City area, Foultz started the first community service program in Northern Virginia called “Youth in Action” to coordinate high school student volunteers with non-profit organizations which kept them off the streets.
She and her late husband, Carl, established Star Charities in 2007, and she has continued with the group since his passing a few years ago. This organization has benefited Wounded Warriors, has gathered holiday gifts yearly for the troops overseas, runs Beef and Beer benefits to provide phone calling cards for our troops overseas, runs benefits for the Women Supporting Women, American Cancer Society, Home of the Brave, Worcester County Development Center and Interfaith Caregivers to name just a few.
Foultz has been given the Keys to the City of Ocean City three times. She has held many offices in the Ocean City Lodge of the Sons of Italy, including president, and has established the first yearly scholarship to a deserving high school senior. This has continued to the present day and has grown to include three area high schools.
Foultz is still an active Girl Scout, and the Girl Scout Council of Houston Texas, honored her with a plaque in its museum in Houston, Texas, as the oldest living active girl scout.
The Ocean City Lodge of the Sons of Italy congratulates Foultz for being the first recipient of this award, and it thanks her for all she does for the Ocean City region.