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2016 True Inspiration Award Recipient

Leadership Southern Maryland Selected as 2016 True Inspiration Award Recipient by Chick-fil-A Foundation

LSM receives grant from Chick-fil-A.
Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) is a 2016 True Inspiration Award Recipient by Chick-fil-A Foundation. Pictured at the award presentation to the LSM Board of Directors in Leonardtown, Md., from left to right: Stephanie Witte LSM’15 and owner of the California, Md. Chick-fil-A restaurant; Patrick Murphy Leadership Maryland; Lee Capristo LSM ’11; Sharon Bouchard LSM ’12; John Felicitas LSM ’13; Susan Vogel LSM ’09; Steve Combs LSM ’14; Karen O’Connor LSM ’10; Helen Wernecke (LSM Exec. Director); Anna Fagan LSM ’14; John Flatley (owner of the La Plata, Md. Chick-fil-A restaurant).

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 19 2016: The Chick-fil-A Foundation announced today that Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) is a recipient of its 2016 True Inspiration Award for nonprofits. The award to LSM is a grant for $15,000, which will be used to support LSM’s Teen Leadership Academy.

LSM was one of 22 True Inspiration Award recipients in 17 states nationwide, receiving a combined $1.26 million in grants to further work fostering leadership in children. This is the second year of the Chick-fil-A Foundation award, which was inspired by the generosity of Chick-fil-A’s late founder S. Truett Cathy. Organizations either applied or were nominated by a local Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise. LSM was nominated by John Flatley, owner of the La Plata, Md. Chick-fil-A restaurant and supported by Stephanie Witte LSM ’15, owner of the California, Md. Chick-fil-A restaurant.

LSM’s grant application was prepared and submitted by Susan Vogel LSM ’09 and LSM Executive Director Helen Mattingly Wernecke. LSM’s Board of Directors President Lee Capristo LSM ’11 said, “We are honored to be a recipient of a 2016 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award for our work in the community. This grant will help us with our Teen Leadership Academy this year and into the future.”

The grant awardees will be honored at a celebratory event in Atlanta, Chick-fil-A’s headquarters, on May 20. To learn more about the True Inspiration Awards and view a complete list of recipients, visit

Leadership Southern Maryland offers the Teen Leadership Academy in addition to its nine-month tuition-based adult executive program designed and dedicated to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and incorporates a cross-section of the region to include diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN#26-2989381).  Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law.

For more information, please contact the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240-725-5469 via email or visit