The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore honored four award recipients and celebrated annual grant-making efforts at its annual Meeting and Report to the Community on Friday, Nov. 5. The Foundation celebrated a total of $5.1 million in grants made in fiscal year 2021, including more than $542,000 in scholarships to local students. 

Martin Hutchison

The Mary Gladys Jones Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Martin Hutchison for championing the community’s homeless, youth, and nonprofits in a selfless, dedicated, passionate, and resourceful way. Martin is the pastor of Community of Joy Church and manages Community of Joy’s Community Emergency Shelter Project each winter. Martin will receive a $1,000 gift to designate to the charity of his choice. 

The Nonprofit Award of Excellence honoring Richard A. Henson was awarded to The Ward Museum of Wild Fowl Art. As a leader in the cultural heritage field, the Ward Museum is a constant source of education and advocacy for the region’s arts and culture for visitors of all ages. Established in 1968, the organization attracts locals and tourists to the Eastern Shore. The Ward Foundation will receive $5,000 to support their work. 

The Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award was awarded to Peggy Bradford for her massive community impact, compassion, and generosity that knows no bounds. Peggy served as executive director of MAC for 37 years and is a board member for the Salisbury Kennel Club. She helped create the “MAC Loves Pets on Wheels,” a project to provide pet food, health and training tips, and other resources for the home-bound senior pet owner. Bradford will receive a $1,500 gift to designate to the charity of her choice. 

The Chairman’s Award was presented to Jim Thomas, a CFES board member for 11 years. During this time, he has supported and mentored CFES staff, junior board members, and has served on five CFES committees, including the executive committee. As evident by his additional leadership positions on several other organizational boards, he is dedicated to the betterment of the local community.