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The Capitol Hill Community Foundation often partners with individuals whose service, leadership and vision has made a great impact on the community.

So when Vice President Stephanie Deutsch and President Nicky Cymrot of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation made an appointment with Little Lights, Mary and Steve were expecting to discuss a new project or a community initiative. Instead they received a rather unexpected surprise.

Stephanie and Nicky shared that this year Steve and Mary would be among the honorees of the 34th Annual Capitol Hill Community Achievement Awards.

“We both felt very humbled and grateful for the recognition,” said Steve, “especially because we have had a relationship with Stephanie, Nicky, and the foundation for many years. We feel very honored.”

Steve and Mary’s more than 20 years of dedicated service is being awarded with the Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award. Later this spring they will be formally recognized during the 34th Annual Capitol Hill Community Achievement gala dinner and awards ceremony.

While the Parks feel fortunate to have been present around Potomac Gardens and Hopkins public housing for more than 20 years, Steve is hopeful that they will continue to be around in the years to come to see “lives be transformed and changed and for people to be more hopeful and empowered because they came to Little Lights.”

Congratulations to Steve and Mary and a big thanks to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for their recognition of Little Lights!